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Fighting a law with a Hollywood movie

Fighting a law with a Hollywood movie

Oct 30 2014

In 2005, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most disappointing decisions of that decade: It ruled that the government of New London, Conn., could legally expropriate the home of a woman named Susette Kelo in order to transfer the property to the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. Because of

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The war on pot brownies

The war on pot brownies

Oct 16 2014

Health Canada helpfully clarifies all on its website by explaining that “dried marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada … [pause for a beat] but courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician.” So, make no mistake, the government

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All aboard the Liberty Bus

All aboard the Liberty Bus

Oct 09 2014

It involves hearing and telling the same story over and over again. There’s a problem that isn’t being solved by government, so people get creative and solve it themselves. Then government bureaucrats step in and tell the people that they’re not allowed to solve the problem themselves. This usually involves

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Fighting ISIS at home — the wrong way

Fighting ISIS at home — the wrong way

Sep 25 2014

It’s hard to criticize any action that seeks to minimize death and suffering caused by brutal terrorists who think nothing of using videos of cruel beheadings as casual propaganda pieces. Understandably, President Obama and others view the resolution as an opportunity to push world leaders to do something concrete to

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The bright side of tuition hikes

The bright side of tuition hikes

Sep 11 2014

The news sounds dire for parents and students, who will now have to save, work and borrow more to make a university degree possible. However, let’s be clear about one thing: The reason the price tag comes as a shock is not because universities are suddenly gouging students. It’s because

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How to Get Internal Free Trade Back in the Constitution

How to Get Internal Free Trade Back in the Constitution

Sep 08 2014

It’s a welcome message given the reality that, as Mr. Moore has pointed out, some people in foreign countries now have “more access to the Canadian economy than Canadians.” Yes, apparently it’s easier to negotiate complex international trade agreements across multiple languages and cultures than it is to convince Ontario

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Prisoners of public education

Prisoners of public education

Sep 04 2014

The problem is not that such feelings exist. Many of us prefer holiday time to work time, and are less than enthusiastic when we’ve got to put the nose back to the grindstone; but we learn how to get on with it anyway and usually end up buoyed by the

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Calgary’s protected limo racket is a ripoff for riders

Calgary’s protected limo racket is a ripoff for riders

Aug 28 2014

“The taxi industry has opposed every change we’ve tried to make to improve customer service, from issuing receipts to ensuring we have enough cab drivers at night,” Coun. Druh Farrell told the Calgary Herald. “It’s a constant battle. Honestly, I’ve lost patience. I lost patience years ago.” Farrell supports eliminating

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Ontario’s civil forfeiture racket

Ontario’s civil forfeiture racket

Aug 22 2014

As reported by The Toronto Star, when police raided the home of Denis and Margaret Deneault in August 2006, they found illegal drugs, including hashish, cocaine and ecstasy. The Deneaults were charged, and the police bragged about their conquest in multiple press releases. But here’s the crucial point: The Denaults

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