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What to look for in Alberta’s budget

In Analysis, Finance, Politics, Research by Michael Rae

Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci have dropped hints for Albertans in terms what will be in tomorrow’s budget. For instance, they have suggested the budget deficit will be more than $10 billion. Yet there are still many outstanding questions. Here are a few key things to look Vist The Fraser Institute to read the complete article

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Property rights, not more funding, to help improve housing conditions on First Nations reserves

In Analysis, Politics, Research by Michael Rae

Statistics Canada recently released aboriginal fact sheets outlining education, housing and income statistics for aboriginal people in Canada. In regards to housing, the data show that in every province the percentage of on-reserve First Nations with homes in need of major repair is substantially higher, in some cases almost triple, Vist The Fraser Institute to read the complete article

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Why is Canada’s federal government running a deficit?

In Analysis, Finance, Politics, Research by Michael Rae

Canada’s federal government has embarked on a path of substantial deficit financing with no concrete target laid out of when the budget might be expected to balance.The deficit will be $5.4 billion in 2015-16, $29.4 billion in 2016-17, $29 billion in 2017-18, $22.8 billion in 2018-19, $17.7 billion in 2019-20 Vist The Fraser Institute to read the complete article

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Forest Growth Accelerating In Canada Due To CO2 ‘Fertilizer Effect’

In Education, Energy, Politics, Research by Michael Rae

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are accelerating the growth of B.C.’s forests by one to three per cent a year, enough to cancel out the impact on the climate from the mountain pine beetle outbreak by 2020, according to a new study from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.   See More at the Global Warming Policy Foundation

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Should Science Fraudsters Go To Jail?

In Analysis, Energy, Opinion, Politics, Research by Michael Rae

This scientist nearly went to jail for making up data Scientific integrity took another hit Thursday when an Australian researcher received a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to 17 fraud-related charges. The main counts against neuroscientist Bruce Murdoch were for an article heralding a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. And See More at the Global Warming Policy Foundation

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Letter From Ghana Franklin Cudjoe

In Analysis, From Other Parts, Politics by Michael Rae

Critical debates on issues of immense national importance are mostly held down by personalisation and the utterly distasteful narrow minded road of either ‘black ‘ or ‘white ‘. All other colours within that matter are not considered. The moment one highlights the need for critical thinking, you are branded too known. Sadly apparently highly educated persons participate in such. Leaves me wondering if many of us haven’t been using our heads to disproportionately carry ‘Quarm’s “load” all the time Heads for “carrying load” , confused educators and bureaucrats and now leaked exams questions and the …

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Debt-fuelled spending is a disservice to young Canadians

In Analysis, Finance, Politics by Michael Rae

AIMS research analyst Jackson Doughart argues in the National Post that the federal budget does not serve young Canadians well. By kicking the can of debt repayment down the line, it is the next generation of leaders who will have to make the hard choices that come with fiscal responsibility. Canada’s www.aims.ca/en/home/default.aspx

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Is Internet access a basic right? Should access to high-speed Internet be considered a basic communication service?

In Analysis, Education, Opinion, Politics, Rights by Michael Rae

 That is the question which the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is expected to weigh in today at Lets #TalkBroadband – the regulator’s public hearing on basic telecommunications services. More than 25 000 comments were received by the CRTC during the first phase of the consultation which kicked off in April last year, and more than 30 000 Canadians filled out the questionnaire during the second phase. Read more at ITin Canada

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Rooftop Solar companies will only play if the game is stacked in their favor Marita Noon

In Analysis, Energy, Politics by Michael Rae

The past couple of weeks have highlighted the folly of the energy policies favored by left-leaning advocacy agencies that, rather than allowing consumers and markets to choose, require government mandates and subsidies. Three major, but very different, solar entities—that would not exist without such political preference—are now facing demise.  Even with the benefit of tax credits, low-interest loans, and cash grants that state and federal governments have bestowed on them, the solar industry is struggling. We’ve seen Abengoa—which I’ve followed for years—file for bankruptcy. Ivanpah, the world’s biggest solar power tower project in the California …

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This Easter, be grateful for the moneychangers

In Analysis, Finance, Opinion, Politics by Michael Rae

In the Financial Post, AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani argues that Bernie Sanders is channeling a well-rehearsed ignorance of the capitalist system, one that finds its roots in the Gospels. Like their authors, Sanders and the Bishop of Rome mistake financial success and the market itself as avenues of greed. www.aims.ca/en/home/default.aspx

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The Rape of Nanking and the U.S. Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

In Analysis, Politics by Michael Rae

Question: In what way do the atrocities committed by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army in China in 1937-38, especially those included under the rubric of “the Rape of Nanking,” justify the U.S. government’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945? Answer: In no way whatsoever. Question: Why then do so many of the Americans who defend the atomic bombings bring up the Rape of Nanking as part of their argument? Hypothesis: They do so because their thinking is completely collectivistic. They think: “The Japanese committed atrocities in Nanking; therefore it is only just …