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How Rich Rockefellers Battle the People’s Pipeline: Rockefeller billions vs Canadian energy and sovereignty – and US jobs, security and families


Americans concerned about gasoline prices were encouraged by the Pew Research Center’s new poll, whose headline blared, “Keystone XL Pipeline draws broad support.” A score box showed 63% supporting and only 23% opposing the pipeline that would transport oil from Canada’s vast Alberta oil sands deposits through the Plains states to Texas refineries.

Conflicted, Inept: Manitoba’s Government and Budget Fails

LOST, Taxation, LOST

Manitoba’s beleaguered NDP government has tabled its budget for 2013-14, a tale long on failure, excuses and self-serving platitudes, while short on self-criticism, forthcoming  reportage and analysis. The government projects another annual deficit, despite an increase in the Provincial Sales …

The Last Word on Crime and Police — For Now


The Frontier Centre recently released a backgrounder I co-authored over the last few months on the effect of police levels on crime. The conclusion was simple: the evidence suggests that Canadian cities have sufficient police resources. This has predictably ruffled some feathers. I’ll address some of the criticisms I’ve received, though, frankly, most of the points were already addressed in the paper.

170,000 New Homes for Sydney

LOST, Housing Affordability, Frontier Centre

The largest release of housing lots in 20 years will bring home ownership within reach for thousands of young families, the state government says. Up to 171,000 new homes will be built across 31 new and existing suburbs, alongside land for new jobs, shops, schools and transport.

Financial Reality is Needed in Maritime Canada: David Mackinnon addresses the Charlottetown Rotary Club, April 2, 2012 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


I’d like to start my presentation with a warning. The warning is that I’m going to speak very frankly about difficult issues. I will be taking fundamental issue with the approach the federal government, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba have been taking in relation to the many subsidies the Government of Canada provides to regions.

Oil Sands Environmental Realities and the Nature of Things: Researchers enhance natural growth with successful agricultural soil methods, wetlands restoration with beavers, avian protection with hi-tech marine radar and light spectrum research


Three University of Alberta professors demonstrate successful oil sands environmental management and restoration methods to an impatient and sceptical public who do not appreciate that nature works in decades, not years, and will successfully reclaim itself to a large extent. They show how humans are enhancing and speeding up the process, and applying hi-tech innovations to avian monitoring and protection.