Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store

Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store
The Amazon effect has Loblaws and others reimagining their businesses. Consumers will have greater choice and convenience – from their homes By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies The bricks-and-mortar food retailing model is losing its lustre in Canada. The signs are everywhere. Loblaws is the latest grocer to commit to home delivery. Starting in December, the... Read More

Don’t rely on governments to spur technological breakthroughs

Don’t rely on governments to spur technological breakthroughs
Governments only role should be to ensure that intellectual property (IP) rights are protected By Joseph Quesnel Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Human ingenuity – often motivated by profit – is generally miles ahead of government regulations in resolving problems in society. Take, for example, the issue of orphan wells in Alberta. In September 2016, the Alberta Energy... Read More

Time to turn the tide against anti-petroleum politicians

Time to turn the tide against anti-petroleum politicians
Ordinary Canadians need to protect their investment in the resource sector – and the quality of life we enjoy because of it – from the duplicity of politicians By Bill Whitelaw President and CEO JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group Canada has millions of passive oil and gas investors who just don’t know how their dollars are working for them. They have no... Read More

Shopify shares drop as CEO addresses short-seller’s allegations

Shopify shares drop as CEO addresses short-seller’s allegations
OTTAWA — Shopify Inc.’s strong third-quarter earnings report and the CEO’s defence against “preposterous claims” by a “short-selling troll” did little to ease investor concerns as shares tumbled more than eight per cent. The company posted its first adjusted operating profit as a public company in the quarter ended Sept. 30 — a quarter earlier than anticipated — and CEO Tobias Lutke publicly addressed... Read More

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg
Increasingly harsh and ever-shifting resource-related government policies are killing jobs and making Canadians poorer By Mark Milke Contributor Canadians for Affordable Energy With the cancellation of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline – after the company spent $1 billion trying to jump through ever-changing regulatory and political hoops – Canadians should remind themselves where much of our country’s recent economic uptick... Read More

Ontarian’s in the dark about long-term costs of Fair Hydro Plan

Ontarian’s in the dark about long-term costs of Fair Hydro Plan
The government is concealing the real financial impact of the rate reduction by understating future deficits and net debt By Kenneth P. Green, Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute A recent report from Ontario’s auditor general slammed the provincial government’s “needlessly complex” plan to reduce electricity bills for Ontarians. According to the report, the government is keeping the... Read More

Canadian business growth stymied by governments

Canadian business growth stymied by governments
Red tape, rising taxes, tax reform, increasing minimum wages and other policy initiatives all smother business investment By Philip Cross The Fraser Institute Persistently weak investment is a major reason why Canada’s growth has lagged in recent years. And governments carry some of the blame, having increasingly failed to encourage a positive business climate. The importance of business investment to... Read More

Fed’s small business tax tweaks won’t help the middle class

Fed’s small business tax tweaks won’t help the middle class
The uproar across the country to Ottawa’s small business tax reforms has triggered more back-pedalling, but no good solutions By Charles Lammam and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party were elected for, among other reasons, their commitment to a more prosperous economy, particularly one where the benefits flowed to the middle class. Since... Read More