21st century learning advocates fail to recognize that critical thinking cannot take place when you know something about a subject The recent presidential election campaign was one of the worst in U.S. history. As the two candidates slugged it out, neither showed much interest in intelligent engagement. In many ways, it was a campaign of [...]
Heavy-handed policies have consequences that are worse than the problem they seek to fix Foreign nationals purchasing homes in Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area is a topic that continues to make national headlines, especially as housing prices rise. This came to a head recently when B.C. Minister of Finance Mike de Jong announced [...]
We have the knowledge and the resources to help fight the Zika virus, we just need the political will to make a difference The World Health Organization recently announced that clusters of microcephaly possibly linked to the Zika virus constitute a "public health emergency of international concern." This virus has captured attention because thousands of [...]
Oversimplifying this issue to arrive at predetermined results risks making the situation worse Canada, like most industrial countries has its fair share of economists and politicians arguing that Canada has an inequality crisis requiring large-scale, even unprecedented government intervention to solve. More often than not the issue of inequality and how we measure it is [...]
Has America moved forward in embracing King’s dream or has it regressed? As I was watching the film “Selma,” I was struck by how the present mirrors the past. As we celebrate another Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we should examine who and what are undermining King’s Dream. By being anti-civil rights, anti-gay rights, anti-Immigrant, [...]
When such pension plans face shortfalls, the taxpayer is left to clean up the mess Since the turn of the millennium the ever-increasing cost to taxpayers of government sector pension plans has been made evident time and again. Contribution rates have been hiked, often doubling in one decade, or the plans have been partly bailed [...]
Admittedly the financial world is still suffering 'Shock and Awe' at Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp - a new mobile texting App. Mark Zuckerberg paid $19 billion for a digital company with no (proprietary) intellectual property, almost unlimited competition and - remarkably - an anti-profit business model.
Valentine’s Day brings out the best – and worst – in human behavior. Our impulse is to be generous and search for the ideal gift. Internet thieves know this and coolly set traps for unsuspecting shoppers. And, not surprisingly, dating websites experience greater activity, along with a corresponding increase in relationship scammers.
A new year can bring new possibilities. It's a chance to take stock of what we've accomplished in the past year and to set new goals for the future. It's also, however, when Canadian governments typically enact new taxes.
The problem of over-qualified workers isn't new, nor is it unique to Canada - it's widespread across the developed world. Some recent analysis from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sheds light on the problem.