French Finance Minister Francis Mer has written to the European Commission pledging to end state guarantees for the state-owned EDF power utility by the end of next year. EDF, the former state monopoly, is being prepared for extension of competition in France.
A New Relationship with the Feds
Western Canada’s relationship with central Canada dates back to those days when the Prairie region was split into three provinces so that it would not be a future challenge to central Canada through its size or natural resources. Today, the West is a true economic powerhouse. It has the capacity to cooperate and it is time for a new federal relationship with the region. Hopefully a new Prime Minister can also provide a basis for an enduring new relationship.
Welcome to the New Rural Pioneers
Rural communities should develop marketing strategies to attract high-tech information professionals and businesses.
Testing Public Patience
After abandoning standardized tests, teachers find that they’re worse off with the soft student assessments designed to replace them.
Alberta Politics and Empty Promises of Health-care Solutions
The writ has been dropped and Albertans are off to the polls on May 29. That leaves just four weeks for political leaders and voters to sort out what is arguably the most divisive, yet significant, issue for this election - health care. On Day 2, NDP leader Rachel...
There’s Nothing Fair About Canadian Health Care
For the past 14 years, Vancouver surgeon Dr. Brian Day has led the charge for health-care reform, pushing for the right of patients to pay for private care if their health and well-being are threatened as a result of waiting in a stagnant and overburdened public...
Transformers: More than Meets the Eye
The path to net zero, based on the much disputed belief that carbon dioxide is a pollution, is more steep and impractical than most people realize. Replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity will require much more power generation and a greatly upgraded grid to...
The NHS is sick and needs major surgery
The NHS is a government monopoly which is effectively being run by a tier of managers whose chief responsibility is to meet the demands of politicians rather than of patients. Instead of being accountable to patients, it is accountable to the centre
Educational Accountability in Manitoba
In 2000 Manitoba abolished the Grade 3 standards tests and made the Grade 6 and 9 standards tests optional. Only Grade 12 tests have remained in place on a compulsory basis. These changes have reduced the province’s level of educational accountability.
The Lone Eagles
Executive Summary The development of instantaneous, rapid and reliable communications systems is transforming the rural areas of North America. The exponential expansion of the necessary infrastructure to the most remote regions, often expressed as the “death of...
Foreign students flock to Manitoba classrooms
FOREIGN students will pump more than $50 million into the Manitoba economy this year and bring global faces to classrooms..
Subsidizing Costly Power
More evidence in favour of peak load pricing in energy markets..
Food Security and Property Rights
Private farms are the key to global food security.
Russia kills Kyoto
A senior Kremlin official, Andrei Illarionov, declared yesterday that Russia would not ratify the international treaty requiring cuts in the emissions of gases linked to global warming
Flat Tax Comeback
Flat tax systems being adopted by many countries..