Category Archives: Municipal

Lawrence Solomon: Free the food carts

(April 15, 2011) Selling sidewalks would reduce conflict, reap cash. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Let private enterprise build subways

(January 28, 2011) Private subways could be a profitable enterprise, and would save taxpayers money. All we need to do is let them build it. Continue reading

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The pro-carbon tax

(February 20, 2008) Governments are proposing carbon taxes to discourage people and industries from activities that emit carbon dioxide. This is a feeble use of the tax system in fending off the catastrophe that governments see coming. There are other, more powerful ways in which governments could, and should, use the tax system if they truly want to discourage CO2 emissions. Continue reading

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Turn Green property tax plan on its head

(October 18, 2005) Urban life realizes environmental ideals. The city resident drives less, burns less home heating fuel, more often patronizes neighbourhood establishments and more often consumes locally made products, all the while producing more wealth using fewer resources. To live lightly on the land, it’s best to look to the urban village. Continue reading

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Fading family

(April 30, 2005) By accident and design, modern governments act to subvert traditional family institutions. Much of what was once normal in our societies is punished by the tax system, if not outlawed altogether. Much of what undermines the organization of the traditional family, meanwhile, is now subsidized. Continue reading

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Beggars’ summit

(September 18, 2004) Canada’s cities must ,”work together to make sure we all have the tools and resources we need to thrive,” an inspired Toronto Mayor David Miller said earlier this week, in anticipation of this weekend’s City Summit of mayors in Toronto. Uninspiringly, the resources the cities crave are more tax revenues; the tools they wave a tin cup and a begging bowl. Continue reading

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Investing in people: creating a human capital society for Ontario

(February 24, 2004) Examining the future role of government in the context of promoting economic growth, strong communities, fiscal responsibility and accountability. Continue reading

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