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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...

Canada’s Wheat Cult

The CWB has become as much an economic cult as a Crown marketing agency. So it is never going to admit it is a drag on farmers or the West. But at some point taxpayers have to wake up to the fact that they are subsidizing Western farmers to the tune of $1-billion or more a year and they wouldn’t have to if the federal government would simply make marketing grain through the board optional, rather than compulsory.

Killing the Golden Goose

We tend to judge this year’s food crisis, marked by seemingly indomitable prices, from the point of view of those who are suffering. It might be useful to judge the crisis also from the point of view of those who are causing it. That’s where the real lessons will be...

The World Food Summit: Canada is part of the problem

The food-crisis summit that was held in Rome by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) last week reminds us that the protectionist policies of the industrialized countries are having harmful consequences on the well-being of the world population. Canada, the world’s fourth-largest exporter and fifth-largest importer of agricultural products, must show its goodwill by reforming some of its programs that harm trade.