Imagine if a hotel oversold its rooms, and randomly selected a paying guest to be dragged out of their bed. Continue reading
Ontario is now, once again, gripped by stories of skyrocketing apartment rents. Much like our fascination (or horror, depending if you are an owner or buyer) with rising house prices, every ten years or so Ontarians and Torontonians express outrage at rent increases. Continue reading
Yesterday was my first time visiting the Herbert Carnegie Arena in north Toronto. It was also the first time I heard of Herb Carnegie, one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Continue reading
That was the title of a debate at the Manning Conference in Ottawa. Surprisingly, I’d easily say “No” to this question. Why surprisingly? Because I once thought public funding of a TV and radio broadcaster (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, or CBC) was a terrible use of hard earned taxdollars. I don’t think that anymore. I’ll explain why. Continue reading
Hillary Clinton. First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. Rarely has a more politically experienced person been a candidate for the Presidency. Yet, all this experience and qualification was for not. America voted for Donald Trump, someone who has never been in public office, and who promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC – the very swamp that Clinton was standing neck-deep in.
There are some key, but simple reasons why Democrat heir-apparent Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 U.S. election: Continue reading
I always thought that welcoming immigrants into our country was a core Canadian value. If you were against that, then you’re the one who was anti-Canadian. Turns out that, according to some politicians, we’ll be able to quiz incoming residents on their “values” (with a lie-detector test?) and boot-out the ones that don’t quite fit into Canada.
This got me thinking…imagine if we only let immigrants into Canada who meet the highest threshold of civility and respectability. Continue reading
I’m pretty sure only the luckiest kids ever got to spend an entire summer working in Muskoka, Ontario. Because working at a lakeside resort as a student was the best summer job ever. And I got to do it. Continue reading
So let’s say a federal cabinet minister pays $520 for an annual airport lounge pass. Now let’s say this cabinet minister gets reimbursed by public taxdollars for that $520 airport lounge pass. Many would claim this is a terrible use of public money. Or is it? Continue reading
It wasn’t meant to last forever.
I’m pretty sure that’s what 27-year old Tim Hudak thought the night he was first elected as the MPP for Niagara South on June 8, 1995, barely beating the Liberal front-runner by 1,000 votes. Over twenty years later, he announced his resignation today. He has delivered over two decades of exemplary service to Ontarians, and deserves a fond place in Ontario’s history books. Continue reading
As a public affairs executive, I’m fortunate to have had a diverse and exciting career, working in government and industry associations, on issues from property tax, mining development, air transport policy and rental housing legislation. Tomorrow is my first day on the job in what will be my most exciting venture yet, as Director of Policy for Ontario Racing, on behalf of the horse racing industry. Continue reading