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In the face of new advertising laws, political free speech needs an advocate

In the face of new advertising laws, political free speech needs an advocate
This column originally appeared in Maclean’s

Political free speech is in need of a champion in Canada—and new advertising laws in two of Canada’s most populous provinces prove it.

In 2016, Ontario broadened the definition of political advertising to de facto include any and all political speech. Any individual or organization in Ontario that spends more than $500 to publicize their position on an “issue that can reasonably be regarded as closely associated with a registered party or its leader” is now engaging in political advertising. In 2017, Alberta made a similar move, though the province’s threshold is $1,000, and its definition of political advertising is slightly different, but similarly broad—including messages that “[take] a position on an issue with which a registered party [or politician] is associated.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, November 24, 2017 - Full Story

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare faced with rapidly rising electricity costs

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare faced with rapidly rising electricity costs
TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $825,816 in 2013 to $1,091,278 in 2017, an increase of over 32 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, November 24, 2017 - Full Story

Renfrew Victoria Hospital forced to cope with spiraling electricity costs

Renfrew Victoria Hospital forced to cope with spiraling electricity costs

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Renfrew Victoria Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $332,909 in 2012 to $472,873 in 2017, an increase of 42 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - Full Story

Trudeau Liberals plan to give China $500 Million to build infrastructure in Asia

The Liberals are giving a half billion dollars of your money to help the world’s wealthy profit off building infrastructure in Asia. Tom Kmiec

By News on the Net - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

First Nations Activist Launches Court Application Demanding Transparency

REGINA, SK: First Nations activist Harrison Thunderchild has launched a court application demanding transparency from Thunderchild First Nation.

“Accountability and transparency are principles of leadership for our people that were passed down to me from my father and grandfather,” said Harrison Thunderchild, a member of the Thunderchild First Nation, and an Elder whose grandfather, Chief Thunderchild, was Chief when Thunderchild adhered to Treaty 6. “When our leaders don’t tell grassroots band members what’s happening with the community’s money, they’re turning their backs on our heritage.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

First Nations generating billions in revenue, often from sources other than natural resources

First Nations generating billions in revenue, often from sources other than natural resources
VANCOUVER—First Nations across Canada are generating billions in revenue for themselves—and not only from natural resources, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“First Nations are finding new and unique ways to generate income for their members that don’t necessarily rely on natural resources,” said Tom Flanagan, Fraser Institute senior fellow, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Calgary and co-author of Bending the Curve: Recent Developments in Government Spending on First Nations.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

Liberals Expose Authoritarian Nature, Subvert Due Process

Liberals Expose Authoritarian Nature, Subvert Due Process,  cannabis legislation, Bill 174
(QUEENS PARK) Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lenox & Addington), Attorney General Critic for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, is berating the Liberal Government’s time allocation motion of its cannabis legislation, Bill 174, as a blatant abuse of the legislative process, and a deceitful attempt to prohibit proper debate on this transformative piece of legislation.

By Randy Hillier - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

Pembroke Hospital grapples with rising electricity bills

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Pembroke Regional Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $677,922 in 2012 to $1,076,565 in 2016, an increase of nearly 59 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - Full Story

Lakeridge Health faces steep increases to electricity bills

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Lakeridge Health have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are increasing, growing from $3,296,125 in 2011-12 to $4,367,956 in 2016-17, an increase of nearly 33 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

Manitoba’s environmental performance strong without a carbon tax

Unfortunately for taxpayers, Premier Brian Pallister’s carbon tax doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t deliver promised results.

We already know Pallister’s carbon tax is costly. He’s proposing a tax of $25 per tonne of carbon next year – much higher than the initial federal requirement of $10 per tonne. That means Manitobans will see fuel prices jump by about 5 cents per litre. In total, it will cost Manitobans $260 million every year.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

Taxpayers take a bath with Marine Atlantic

Canada’s federal Crown corporations are a motley bunch. A few, like the Bank of Canada, are mostly viewed as indispensable. Most, such as a litany of museums or port authorities, attract little attention because of their benign purpose and relatively small budgets. Some, such as Canada Post, are now seen as increasingly anachronistic in a rapidly changing world.

One Crown corporation most Canadians outside Atlantic Canada have likely never even heard of is Marine Atlantic, which operates cargo and passenger ferry services between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Yet, Marine Atlantic’s very existence is a consequence of a constitutional obligation agreed to by the federal government in 1949 as part of the deal that saw Newfoundland join Confederation. Under the terms of the Newfoundland Act, the federal government is required to “maintain… a freight and passenger steamship service between North Sydney and Port aux Basques.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

Cambridge Memorial Hospital copes with rising electricity bills despite falling usage

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Cambridge Memorial Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $728,065 in 2011-12 to $1,397,804 in 2016-17, an increase of 92 per cent. During the same period, actual usage of electricity fell by 1,296,799 kW, or 6.7 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

Manitoba already beating BC and Canada without carbon tax

WINNIPEG, MB: Even without a carbon tax, Manitoba is already showing strong results on environmental “potential indicators” identified by the provincial government, according to a report released today by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The report, entitled Keeping Score: Measuring Manitoba’s Environmental Performance, shows results already achieved by the province provide a strong case for fighting a federal carbon tax.

“Premier Brian Pallister hasn’t provided any evidence showing a carbon tax will help the environment, but we know it’ll cost Manitobans $260 million every year,” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the CTF. “According to the data, Manitoba is already doing better than British Columbia and the nation overall, even without a carbon tax.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Monday, November 20, 2017 - Full Story

The Lowdown On Getting High In Canada

The Lowdown On Getting High In Canada, Legal Marijuana
A $22.6 billion market!

When pot advocates like Marc Emery - the Canadian who ended up in a U.S. jail for selling strains of marijuana seeds over the Internet - referred to the illegality of smoking pot as “prohibition”, a lot of Canadians rolled their eyes. The idea that smoking recreational pot is akin to illegal alcohol consumption in the 1920’s and very early 1930s in the U.S. seemed a little rich.

By Rick Mills - Friday, November 17, 2017 - Full Story

Sweet Nothing: Fat and Sugar Taxes Don’t Reduce Obesity

Sweet Nothing: Fat and Sugar Taxes Don’t Reduce Obesity, fat and sugar taxes
OTTAWA, ON: In the midst of continued debate in Canada about the imposition of fat and sugar taxes, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a new study, Sweet Nothing: Real-World Evidence of Food and Drink Taxes and their Effect on Obesity which analyses the track record of food and drink taxes around the world.

“While theoretically appealing to many public health activists, food and drink taxes simply don’t work as advertised,” said journalist and study author Peter Shawn Taylor. “Evidence from the real world shows taxes on fat or sugar don’t reduce obesity and don’t make people healthier –  they do, however, disproportionately harm the poor, fill government coffers and cause substantial unintended negative consequences.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, CTF Federal Director- Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Full Story

Bluewater Health in Sarnia copes with quickly rising electricity costs

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Bluewater Health in Sarnia have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $2,108,679.73 in 2012 to $2,959,844.34 in 2016, an increase of more than 40 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Full Story

Provincial climate plans will cost billions with likely little environmental benefit

Provincial climate plans will cost billions with likely little environmental benefit
CALGARY—A detailed review of provincial climate action plans and the results from countries around the world who have pursued similar policies indicate that the current provincial plans will cost Canadians billions and likely produce very little environmental benefits, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Across the country, ineffective climate policies will cost taxpayers billions with little to show for it,” said Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute’s senior director of energy and natural resource studies and author of Canada’s Climate Action Plans: Are they cost-effective?

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Full Story

Hanover District Hospital sees electricity bill increase dramatically

TORONTO— Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Hanover District Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents obtained by FOIP show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $205,652 in 2012 to $321,320 in 2016, an increase of more than 56 per cent.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Full Story

Brockville General Hospital copes with rising electricity bills despite falling usage

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Brockville General Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Full Story

Collinwood General & Marine Hospital faced with rising electricity bills

TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last five years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $434,706 in 2012-13 to $599,746 in 2016-17, an increase of 38 per cent.

By Canada Free Press -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Monday, November 13, 2017 - Full Story