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Potatoes and sand dunes and Anne… oh PEI!

by Julia Kirkey During the Prince Edward Island budget address last April, the provincial Liberals pleasantly announced that despite the global economic downturn, the Island had managed to keep its head above water. PEI was one of the few provinces that showed signs of growth (albeit modest), maintaining a high level of activity and investment. […]

Why can’t we be friends?

by Julia Kirkey It’s commonly accepted that in the workplace, all employees aren’t going to be best friends. There can be disputes from time to time but so long as the interaction remains adult and respectful, a professional relationship can be maintained. The New Democrat’s House Leader, Nathan Cullen, believes that Members of Parliament from […]

Free Markets? Yes, they are still the solution.

by Ali Nadeem Amidst all the talks, the rants, invective discussions between the right and the left, there is no doubt that free markets still remain a much sought after solution for economic stagnation. In the US, monetary policy and quantitative easing hasn’t worked as expected. Interest rates are at an all-time low, economic and […]

Free speech for everyone…that is unless you don’t agree with me

by Collette Deschenes The Carleton Students for Liberty made headlines when their free speech wall, erected for students to freely express their thoughts and opinions, was unjustly vandalized and destroyed by seventh year human rights student and self-proclaimed activist Arun Smith. Smith chose forceful attempts to silence the views of others rather than engage in […]

If there’s no such thing as free parking, why are we forced to pay for it?

When I moved to Halifax I chose to live in an apartment building on the edge of what is officially downtown. I liked this location because just about everything I needed on a day-to-day basis was a short walk or a quick bus ride away. Being a recent graduate with a not insignificant amount of […]

Bringing Canada into the 20th Century

Not too long ago it was reported that the NSLC was taking beer and wine kit sellers to court to stop them from offering in-store vinting and brewing.  While the fate of the store owners is unfortunately still up in the air I was glad to see that the media largely dismissed this move as […]