Time to start the shingles vaccination campaign

Approximately one in three adults will suffer from shingles once in their lifetime

Time to start the shingles vaccination campaignThe COVID-19 vaccination effort has put other campaigns on hold, but it has had the side benefit of raising awareness about the importance of vaccines in general. Now let’s use the momentum to launch another program but for shingles this time. Approximately one in three adults will suffer from shingles once in their lifetime, with…

A recipe for successful health care reform

Dragging Quebec’s health care system into the 21st century

A recipe for successful health care reformCalls for substantial health care reform have been ringing across the province of Quebec. It’s time to answer those calls and transform our monopolistic health care system into a mixed, universal system that embraces the value of parallel resources to improve both access and quality of care for patients. The good news is these solutions…

Driving artificial scarcity is not the way to effectively deploy 5G

Any gains in competition are more than outweighed by higher spectrum costs

Driving artificial scarcity is not the way to effectively deploy 5GLast December, the federal government launched a consultation for the auction of the 3800 MHz spectrum to help foster the effective deployment of 5G wireless telecommunications. As in previous auctions, the plan is to set aside a significant part of the available spectrum for smaller players, which the main wireless telecom providers are prohibited from…

The urgent need to end the uncertainty over restrictions

Our policymakers must start reflecting on the consequences of their actions

The urgent need to end the uncertainty over restrictionsThe more time that passes, the more the restrictions on our lives seem to have run their course in the eyes of the population. At least that’s what a February 1st Angus Reid poll indicates: Fifty-four per cent of Canadians believe it’s time to lift the restrictions and let people who have COVID, or who…

Without carbon capture, we will not meet our climate goals

CCUS prevents the release of CO2 and reduces overall accumulation

Without carbon capture, we will not meet our climate goalsScrapping the federal government’s investment tax credit for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies would undercut efforts to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 – a goal that Ottawa reaffirmed in November in the COP 26 Glasgow Climate Pact. Yet recently, a group of scientists, academics, and energy system modellers urged just…

To fight inflation, bank rate hike must happen in March

It’s time to tackle the inflation that is undermining our living standards

To fight inflation, bank rate hike must happen in MarchBy Miguel Ouellette and Olivier Rancourt Montreal Economic Institute Despite the recommendations of many economists to raise the target for the overnight rate, the Bank of Canada has decided to maintain the status quo – at least for now. Like these experts, we believe that the central bank must begin gradually raising rates at its…

A desperate plea for the rational usage of ‘experts’ and ‘science’

Rather than a belief in science, believe in the scientific method

A desperate plea for the rational usage of ‘experts’ and ‘science’“Experts Ought to Be On Tap and Not On Top.” – George William Russell, 1910 This quote, which is possibly from a certain George William Russell from Ireland and first seen publicly in an Irish newspaper in 1910, puts forward a crucial insight and piece of wisdom that way too many policymakers seem to have…

Taxing homes the wrong way to cool the housing market

For many Canadians, the dream of home ownership is slipping away

Taxing homes the wrong way to cool the housing marketThe housing market has been red hot lately, which has been raising concerns about affordability. While the volume of sales has been high, so have prices. Canada-wide, the average home price rose nearly 20 per cent between November 2020 and November 2021, to the highest level on record: $720,850. For many Canadians, the dream of…

Time to cure what ails Canada’s health-care systems

Health reform has been talked about enough

Time to cure what ails Canada’s health-care systemsThe need to reform Canada’s health-care systems has long been a hot topic of debate. After all, Canada is an easy target: It has one of the highest price tags among countries with universal health systems in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, but its performance has lagged for years. The effect of the…

Pipelines are safe and green despite Suzuki’s extremist rhetoric

Comment the mark of an extremist with little interest in human safety

Pipelines are safe and green despite Suzuki’s extremist rhetoricIn mid-November, prominent environmental activist David Suzuki made some remarks that any impartial observer would consider radical. This was during an event hosted by an organization that is not known for its measured responses: Extinction Rebellion. Suzuki’s message was clear: “there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to…