Recycling Is Garbage

Commentary, Environment, Frontier Centre

Believing that there was no more room in landfills, Americans concluded that recycling was their only option. Their intentions were good and their conclusions seemed plausible. Recycling does sometimes makes sense — for some materials in some places at some times. But the simplest and cheapest option is usually to bury garbage in an environmentally safe landfill. And since there’s no shortage of landfill space (the crisis of 1987 was a false alarm), there’s no reason to make recycling a legal or moral imperative. Mandatory recycling programs aren’t good for posterity.

Make School Day Work Smarter, Not Longer

Commentary, Education, Michael Zwaagstra

Education reformers, particularly in the United States, say increasing the time students spend in school is necessary to prepare them for success. Proposed reforms are implemented too often without the sufficient evidence that they will be effective, and they can cost significant amounts of money.

Teachers Should Not be Allowed to Strike. Period

Commentary, Education, Michael Zwaagstra

The current dispute between the Ontario government and the province’s teachers’ unions is harmful to students. A massive $15 million deficit made the government realize the need to reign in its spending, after generously meeting the unions’ demands for nine years. The government is not without fault, as it backtracked on previously negotiated pay increases instead of following the recommendations of a commissioned economist to cancel costly initiatives such as full day kindergarten and class size restrictions.

Health Care Needs a Revolution Drummond Couldn’t Offer: The report wasn’t allowed to recommend what our system needs most: Privatization

Commentary, Healthcare & Welfare, Frontier Centre

Amid the hubbub following the release of the Drummond Report, I can’t help but think of one of the biggest financial scams of the past century: Bernie Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme, which wiped out hundreds of formerly well-heeled investors. The lesson from Bernie? If something seems too good to be true then it probably is.