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Toll roads – at least we voted for them

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario has released a report this week on reducing gridlock in and around the province’s major centres. The report, written by Trent University Professor Harry Kitchen, recommends that tolls be imposed on the 400 series of highways, major expressways and just about any other road that Dalton’s little heart desires.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, January 24, 2008 - Full Story

Montreal Muslims were recruiting in mosques for jihad before 9/11

Jihad recruitment in Montreal mosques. And what is being done about it? Any challenge being issued to Muslims in Canada to strike at the roots of this recruitment and explicitly renounce political Islam and Islamic supremacism? No

By Guest Column - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - Full Story

Ontario Cities Have Highest Property Taxes

A new report out of Edmonton shows that Toronto takes the dubious honour for having the highest property taxes in Canada. However, a few other Ontario cities place just behind it at the top of the list. Beleaguered tax-paying homeowners in Ontario have suffered from high rates for years, yet they are still facing large rate hikes this year. The Edmonton report is proof enough that municipal governments should hold the line on spending and give taxpayers a break.

By Kevin Gaudet - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - Full Story

Keeping American guns out of Canada

In less than a week, two innocent Toronto men were shot to death in the city that was once known as Toronto the Good. First, 42-year-old John O’Keefe was shot while returning from a few drinks at his favourite pub. As he was walking past a Yonge Street strip club, a couple of patrons that had been ejected from one of A-Rod’s favourite haunts fired in an attempt to hit the club’s bouncer. Two arrests were quickly made.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - Full Story

Jack Layton is a ghoul

NDP leader Jack Layton is up to his old tricks, using peoples’ personal tragedies to advance his political fortunes.  This time Jumpin’ Jack called a press conference at the corner of Broadview Ave. and Gerard St. E. to advocate a crackdown on gun crime in Toronto.

By Klaus Rohrich - Monday, January 21, 2008 - Full Story

Young jihadis are now “criminals”

Last week, the U.K. announced that they will take steps in an attempt to prevent young Muslims from becoming radicalized. It has been apparent for some time in the West that murder and mayhem from Islamic terrorists is just as likely to emanate from the so-called home grown terrorists as they are from those in the Middle East.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, January 21, 2008 - Full Story

Black Oriented Schools – How to hurt all Canadians

Here is what our young black men are faced with.  Please bear in mind we are talking about troubled young men who are at risk of failure and possibly becoming anti-social.  The majority of people designated as black, either by themselves or by our esteemed government, are hard working, succeeding people not particularly at risk.

By Dick Field - Friday, January 18, 2008 - Full Story

Law professors, MPs sign brief to free Khadr

Former attorney general Irwin Cotler among those asking Guantanamo judge to recognize him as child

By Guest Column Michelle Shephard- Friday, January 18, 2008 - Full Story

Newfoundland and Labrador’s “ABC” Campaign Back on Track

After meeting with Stephen Harper in Ottawa Newfoundland and Labrador premier, Danny Williams, went before the media this week to let the public know that his ABC (anyone but Conservative) campaign, “…is back on.”

By Myles Higgins - Thursday, January 17, 2008 - Full Story

Perception is Not Reality in Newfoundland and Labrador

Many Canadians have come to see Newfoundland and Labrador as the place where the people are “always whining and looking for more.”

By Myles Higgins - Thursday, January 17, 2008 - Full Story

Judicial Inquiry Needed for Slush Gate

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) repeated its call today for a judicial inquiry into newly released evidence that raises questions about the direct political involvement of Premier McGuinty and other members of cabinet in awarding grants through ‘Slush Gate’, where $32 million in grants were issued in a year-end spending spree that cost Minister Colle his job.

By Kevin Gaudet - Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Full Story

Society’s problem?  I think not

It’s funny how the so-called “Falconer Report” on violence in Toronto’s schools came to the conclusion that the problems were due to society’s failure to meet the needs of marginalized students.

By Klaus Rohrich - Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - Full Story

Time to Clean-up Canada’s Partisan Public Service

Recently, Allan Cutler joined me for a discussion, on my webcast, THE RIGHT SIDE.  We were talking about how the upper echelon of the Public Service of Canada has become almost like a secret society.

By Guest Column Doug Aldridge- Monday, January 14, 2008 - Full Story

Billion Dollar Aid Plan or Billion Dollar Election Campaign?

This week the federal government, or more precisely the leading federal party, once again opted to play petty politics with the people’s lives rather than address the needs of the public.

By Myles Higgins - Sunday, January 13, 2008 - Full Story

Canada’s China Foreign Aid Policy

The average person, when considering the requirements for a country to be a foreign aid recipient, would envision a developing country where the majority of the population is living in poverty. They certainly would not consider a country with a booming economy, a healthy trade balance, large foreign currency reserves, one of the world’s largest armies and foreign investments and a foreign aid programme of its own, as a suitable candidate. Yet that is just the case with regards to China today.

By Guest Column Branka Lapajne- Saturday, January 12, 2008 - Full Story

Enough MPs Already Mr. McGuinty

Premier McGuinty and the other premiers will be meeting with Mr. Harper on a variety of issues. One item Mr. McGuinty is expected to raise is more MPs for Ontario. Canada needs more MPs about as much as Britney Spears needs more media attention. More politicians usually means more people thinking up new schemes to spend other peoples’ money. Nevertheless, the Harper government is forced by law to add more seats to Parliament starting in 2011.

By Kevin Gaudet - Friday, January 11, 2008 - Full Story

Increased user fees: what’s not to understand?

The city of Toronto recently announced an increase in user fees in some of the city’s recreational programs. Never being satisfied to resort to half measures when it comes to parting residents from their hard earned money, councillors will raise fees this year by a whopping 21 per cent. These fees will then be increased a further 10 per cent per year for the next six years.

By Arthur Weinreb - Friday, January 11, 2008 - Full Story

They made me proud

There’ve been times in the past when I was deeply ashamed of being a citizen of Canada; times like Sept. 13, 2001 when our creepy and opportunistic prime minister basically said that America got what it deserved on 9/11; or the time another creepy prime minister excoriated the US for failure to sign onto the Kyoto agreement on the very day that it was revealed the Americans had actually decreased their carbon emissions, while Canada’s increased by some 25%.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

The death throes of healthcare

It’s difficult to watch a terminally ill patient go through all the stages of dying without being left with a complete feeling of despondency and helplessness.  There are five stages of dying as defined by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross.

By Klaus Rohrich - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story

Canada and its bilingual pretense

It seems Canada’s “linguist duality” needs a tune-up.

By Guest Column Gerry Nicholls- Thursday, January 10, 2008 - Full Story