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Public school spending in Ontario up 18.5% per student over past decade

TORONTO—Spending on public schools in Ontario has increased 18.5 per cent, on a per-student basis, over the past decade, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Contrary to what we often hear, spending is on the rise in Ontario’s public education system,” said Angela MacLeod, a senior policy analyst with the Fraser Institute and co-author of Education Spending and Public School Enrolment in Canada, 2019.

By Fraser Institute - Thursday, January 31, 2019


B.C. Legislature receipts and expense forms raise big questions for taxpayers

VANCOUVER, B.C.: After examining hundreds of actual receipts and expense statements attributed to the offices of Legislature’s Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is raising serious concerns.

“It’s hard to imagine a justification for spending taxpayers’ money on luggage, but it’s even more baffling to see a receipt that describes an expensive watch as ‘luggage,’” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director for the CTF. “Now that we’ve looked at the actual receipts, we have even more questions about taxpayers being stuck with bills for everything from high-end headphones to whiskey cakes and chauffeur services.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Kris Sims, BC Director- Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Ex-Ambassador McCallum Falls on His Sword to Save Trudeau

Ex-Ambassador McCallum Falls on His Sword to Save TrudeauJohn McCallum did not resign, he was fired by Trudeau for being caught doing Trudeau’s bidding.

For Trudeau and the Liberals, it is all about winning this upcoming election and turning Asian-Ontario swing ridings to the Liberals and retaining existing Asian-dominated Liberal ridings.

That is why McCallum gave a 40-minute speech to only local Chinese-speaking newspapers in the Asian-dominated town of Markham about why McCallum and the Trudeau Liberals thought Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO had a strong legal case against America’s extradition request for her to be removed to the U.S.

By Mitch Wolfe - Sunday, January 27, 2019

Canadian Taxpayers Federation going to court to stand up for taxpayers and beer drinkers

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is going to court to defend taxpayers (and beer drinkers) as an intervener in the appeal of Steam Whistle v. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, in which two out-of-province beer companies successfully challenged unconstitutional legislation imposed by the Alberta government.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, January 23, 2019


CFIB Paperweight “Awards”: Warm plates, hazardous hand soap, and the Weed-Which-Must-Not

Toronto, January 21, 2019 – To kick off its 10th Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) presents its annual Paperweights which shines a light on the worst examples of red tape headaches for business owners across the country, ranging from the eye-rolling to the downright destructive.

“This year’s crop of ‘winners’ includes silly restrictions on who can use the word ‘cannabis,’ Toronto’s archaic business licencing process, and BC’s new mandatory union rules for public projects, which specify, among other things, that employees must be served on warm dinner plates,” said Jordi Morgan, CFIB’s vice-president for Atlantic Canada. “The Paperweights are clear examples of unnecessary and excessive red tape. While some of the examples may seem trivial or laughable, the cumulative burden of red tape is no joke.”

By CFIB - Monday, January 21, 2019

Fraser Institute releases Ontario elementary school rankings

Fraser Institute releases Ontario elementary school rankings
TORONTO—The Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools is out today.

This year’s Report Card—the go-to source for measuring academic performance—ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools (and a small number of independent schools) based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests.

By Fraser Institute - Monday, January 21, 2019

My Exciting Trip to the Liquor Store in Fascist Canada

My Exciting Trip to the Liquor Store in Fascist Canada
As I wrote in an earlier article, new laws concerning drinking and driving came into effect in Canada on Dec. 18. As well as increased penalties, cops no longer have to have a “reasonable suspicion” that a driver has been drinking before demanding that driver provide suitable breath samples. As well, a police officer can demand someone provide breath samples if that person has driven anytime within the previous two hours. If the demand is made to a person drinking at home or in a bar and that person blows over the legal limit, he or she can be charged. It is up to them to prove that they were not impaired when they last drove.

By Arthur Weinreb - Sunday, January 20, 2019

Taxpayers Federation Applauds OSAP and Tuition Changes

TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding today’s announcement that the Ontario government is restoring the Ontario Student Assistance Program to 2016-17 levels, reducing tuition by 10 per cent and requiring the availability of online opt-outs for student ancillary fees.

“Reducing tuition and providing opt-outs for fees will help students while reforming OSAP will save taxpayers millions,” said CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn. “Last year’s OSAP changes were supposed to save taxpayer money, but, as the auditor general warned, the cost soared to more than $2 billion per year. By returning OSAP to 2016-17 levels, we hope to see a savings of about 50 per cent for this program.”

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Saturday, January 19, 2019


Six-in-ten Canadians say lack of new pipeline capacity represents a crisis in this country

Six-in-ten Canadians say lack of new pipeline capacity represents a crisis in this country
January 16, 2019 – Against the backdrop of an election year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increasing pressure amid calls to move faster and more forcefully to complete a new oil pipeline in this country.

That pressure is underscored in new public opinion data from the Angus Reid Institute that shows six-in-ten Canadians say the lack of new pipeline capacity constitutes a “crisis”, while half say the Trudeau government has done “too little” to ensure new capacity is built.

By Angus Reid Institute - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It’s time to tear down 24 Sussex

It's time to tear down 24 Sussex
Imagine your house was 150 years old, and hadn’t seen major renovations in 50 years.

Imagine it still had asbestos in the walls—that are also cracking in at least six spots—and that there’s water damage throughout. Imagine ancient electrical wiring and deficient plumbing. Imagine it being too hot in the summer, and too cold in the winter. Imagine spending hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep the heat and lights on, and the snow in the driveway shovelled.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director- Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Will Canada’s Harsh New Drinking & Driving Laws Be Effective?

Will Canada’s Harsh New Drinking & Driving Laws Be Effective?
The country has been tending towards a police state for some time. Nowhere are the losses of individual rights accepted by so many people as when these rights are taken away in order to combat drinking and driving. The new amendments to the Criminal Code that came into effect on Dec. 18, are not only draconian but some of the provisions border on the absurd. While some in the media have addressed the fact these amendments infringe upon peoples’ rights, little has been said about whether or not these changes to the law will be effective.

Under the old law, police who lawfully stopped a motorist could demand breath samples be given into a roadside screening device only if the officer had a “reasonable suspicion” the driver had alcohol in his or her system. The reasonable suspicion would be formed if the officer could smell alcohol or observe other indicia of impairment. The new law does away with the need of “reasonable suspicion.” Any driver who is lawfully stopped by a police officer can be required to provide breath samples even if there is no evidence the person had been drinking.

By Arthur Weinreb - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Canadian innovation falling behind U.S. and other developed countries, despite billions in governmen

Canadian innovation falling behind U.S. and other developed countries, despite billions in government programs
VANCOUVER—Canada’s innovation performance has declined in recent years and is falling further behind the U.S. and other developed countries, despite decades of costly innovation programs by successive federal governments, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

In fact, the current federal government allocated a staggering $8.2 billion to various innovation programs in its 2017 budget to encourage venture capital investment and create innovation superclusters, among other things.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, January 15, 2019