Do The Wet’suwet’en Chief’s Trying to Block The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Speak for the Wet’suwet’en People?

With all the talk of Indigenous rights being trampled on by governments and big oil, you are probably not surprised by the blockades that have poped up, reportedly in support of the Wet’suwet’en.  The problem is, the Wet’suwet’en Chiefs DO support Coastal GasLink. “What?!?!” you say, “How can this be?  I have seen Wet’suwet’en Chiefs saying they have not been consulted and do not approve” Well, it turns out that the “Chiefs” you see on TV really aren’t Chief’s in…

A Story of Action: The Complete Early Coronavirus Timeline

This site has a focus on China but has been avoiding the Wuhan coronavirus because we could not add useful information to the cause.  Today we reviewed many press releases and articles to develop a useful timeline of events relating to the coronavirus: CLICK TO EXPAND GRAPHIC At this point some of the facts are becoming fuzzy so here is the timeline of the first 45 days with coronavirus:   Date Wuhan Coronavirus Details Dec 28 2019 Pneumonia cases linked…

VIDEO: Highlights of The Alberta ‘Fair Deal Panel’ Town Hall in Airdrie

If you want to understand why Alberta is different, just watch this video.  We have attended many similar meeting in other Provinces over the years and seldom seen such thoughtful, calm, and well argued positions by members of the general public. If you don’t have time to watch the full 20 minute highlight reel, we urge you to watch these four excellent segments that are each about 90 seconds long: Marnie Marr Accountant from Airdrie explains the Alberta experience from…

The Numbers You Didn’t Expect: Canadian Provincial Transfer Payments Per Province Per Person

Canada is a group of diverse territories held together with a brilliant formula that effectively transfers money from wealthy Provinces to poor Provinces, or so the story goes.  The official name is ‘Equalization Payments’ and they are a core building block of Canadian confederation. For the first 75 years of Canada’s existence the money was transferred largely at the whim of the Federal Government but in 1957 a formal equalization formula was agreed upon. Unfortunately, the formula that is used…

Do Health Care & Education Really Account for 50% of Provincial Government Spending In Canada?

In a word, yes. Average spending on health care is now over 40% of all Canadian Provincial expenses: “…health care spending as a share of program spending and health care spending as a share of the economy, shows clearly that the last 15 years (ie., between 2001 to 2016) saw provincial governments increase health care spending at an unsustainable pace. Indeed, during this period, health care spending grew by 116.4 percent, outpacing growth in other program spending (94.6 percent) and…

Why You Should Not Be Able To Get Ontario High School Credits at Schools In China

Lets start by explaining that yes, you can acquire Ontario high school credits while in China, mostly through schools that have paid to be be certified by the various Ministries of Education.  On its face, that sounds like a good idea for two reasons: It brings in revenue to the school system in the form of certification fees It provides a Canadian ‘how to think’ curriculum in a part of the world where education frequently relates to ‘what to think’ So…

VIDEO: City of Toronto Electric Buses By The Numbers

The City of Toronto has the largest transit system in Canada that includes 2200 buses and they are now testing 10 fully electric units from each of  New Flyer (Canada), BYD (China), and Proterra (US) Here are the numbers: 25% more reliable 30% few parts less items to inventory and manage saves money 25% lower maintenance costs 60% quieter which is a big deal for drivers and communities 75% reduction in energy costs $32,000 /bus /year energy savings $70 million…

VIDEO: Ontario & Saskatchewan Agreed In Court That Carbon Taxes Are Both Effective & The Lowest Cost Method of Reducing Greenhouse Gases

It is oft said by those who disapprove of carbon taxes that: Carbon taxes are ineffective Carbon taxes target the wrong people The Canadian Federal Government does not have right to impose a carbon tax All three of these statements are demonstrably incorrect. University of Ottawa Professor of Law and Economics, Stewart Elgie, explains that the dissenting judges in the Saskatchewan and Ontario carbon tax cases are not disagreeing with the principle that the Federal Government has the right to…

5 Myths About Carbon Taxes, On Both Sides of the Issue

If you live in Alberta, BC, Ontario… ok… Canada, or the US or UK or Australia… ok… if you live on planet earth, you have heard about Carbon Taxes.  Those that are for them claim they will cure all environmental ills and those against claim they are just another government tax grab. We dug into the facts and came up with 5 Myths about Carbon Taxes we thought you would find interesting: MYTH 1 – Carbon Taxes Don’t Change Behaviour…

What if Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Did Not Argue SNC Lavalin’s Case with Jody Wilson Raybould?

Imagine a scenario in which a major Canadian based company is facing the prospect of being seriously damaged as a result of their own wrongdoing, nearly a decade ago, in a third world country like India or Algeria, but not inside Canada or any of its notable partners.  Imagine that company lobbying to admit their guilt, change management, pay massive fines in the $250M range and have a knife held to their throat for a decade to make sure they…

What Are The Real Numbers For Alberta, Ontario and Canada New Vehicle Sales?

Much is being made about the 12% decline in new vehicle sales in Alberta this past December.  It is being attributed to the price of “Western Canadian Select” oil collapsing in the fall of 2018 and the Notely NDP Governments response to it.  Also, Oshawa Ontario’s GM plant closure has caused much news relating to how many vehicles are sold in Ontario and how the plant closure will affect GM sales going forward. We wanted to know what the numbers…

Don’t Compare Oshawa GM to Alberta Pipelines

Three days ago Linda Mcquaig wrote an article in the Toronto Star saying: Trudeau should consider buying GM and making electric cars …Yet, oddly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed no such careful consideration when he promptly jumped in with 4.5 billion taxpayer dollars to purchase the leaky, 65-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline last spring, declaring it “in the national interest” to ensure the pipeline’s expansion after the corporate owner threatened to back out of the project. And taxpayers could be on…

Should You Be Afraid of the Islamic Party of Ontario?

So should you be concerned or even afraid of the Islamic Party of Ontario?  That is a fair question as Canada is a very liberal democracy and the IPoO is… well… not.  We spent several hours researching the party and wrote up the 10 Quick Facts You Should Know About the Islamic Party of Ontario which includes: 4 – The Islamic Party of Ontario wants to roll back or ban: Abortion: Abortion is a federal issue so Provincial parties are free to…

10 Quick Facts You Should Know About The Islamic Party Of Ontario

We recently saw the graphic shown on the right (click to enlarge it) that seems to be a slander campaign about the so called “Islamic Party of Ontario”.  So we decided to look into the situation and pulled out the following facts. 1 – The Islamic Party of Ontario is Real: They have a poor quality but apparently legitimate website with a notable founder and leader Jawed Anwar.  There has been some effort to tie the Islamic Party of Ontario…