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Regulators still out to destroy Christian law school

Regulators still out to destroy Christian law school

Aug 04 2016

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” The saying is usually attributed, with more confidence than evidence, to Margaret Thatcher. But it could also be the motto of Trinity Western University. Just last week the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal affirmed that the provincial

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Tariff Barriers In Alberta’s Beer Market Are Still Unconstitutional

Tariff Barriers In Alberta’s Beer Market Are Still Unconstitutional

Aug 02 2016

In a flourish of self-congratulatory bravado, Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced yet another major overhaul to Alberta’s brewing industry on July 28, 2016. Prior to the NDP taking power in 2015, Alberta enjoyed the best market for beer in all of Canada. Although, it was by no means perfect, Albertans

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Alberta’s beer policy still unconstitutional

Alberta’s beer policy still unconstitutional

Aug 02 2016

There was a brief time when Alberta was a craft beer lover’s paradise. An enlightened combination of open borders and low taxes made for the best selection and cheapest prices anywhere in Canada. And with new local craft breweries opening every year, consumers were spoiled for choice from quality local,

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Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Jul 27 2016

Even before Canada’s Premiers departed Whitehorse on Friday, media coverage was applauding a “ground-breaking” and “historic” agreement on internal trade within Canada. Not so fast. The official statement announcing a new “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” (CFTA) is only 191 words long and omits any of those pesky details where the

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Restricting Payday-Loans Ineffective in Reducing Poverty

Restricting Payday-Loans Ineffective in Reducing Poverty

Jul 20 2016

The City of Calgary has passed a bylaw restricting the number of payday-loan lenders that can operate in a given area. This policy is not based on objective evidence or sound economic reasoning, but on the subjective ideologies of individual councillors. At first glance, this policy may seem to benefit

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Too-Special- To-Fail

Too-Special- To-Fail

Jul 20 2016

“Youth, today! They’re lazy and entitled because everyone received participation trophies!” is a quip Millennials (I’ll include Gen Z’rs too) hear so often that it has nearly lost all meaning. Not to me though. Instead, this joke points to a much larger issue- one that extends beyond Millennials to all

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Punishment through confiscation

Punishment through confiscation

Jun 13 2016

Why is the public becoming increasingly skeptical about the use of civil forfeiture? Maybe people are realizing that the government can — and does — use the sledgehammer of forfeiture laws when other, more carefully crafted laws would be a better fit. Case in point: the Globe and Mail recently

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The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

May 02 2016

I’m sorry, but this is no time for panic; it’s a time for celebration and hope, and, most fittingly, raising a glass. Reporters keep asking me whether I think Friday’s ground-breaking court ruling, which threw out the charges against Gerard Comeau for bringing Quebec liquor into New Brunswick, will result

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Language segregated transportation?

Language segregated transportation?

Feb 23 2016

I spent my first eight years of school in a French immersion program in midtown Toronto. I nonetheless realized, during a grade seven exchange with a school in rural Quebec, that I could understand Parisian French films quite well, while still having little ability to converse with fellow Canadians from

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