Category Archives: Agriculture (Rural)

Martin versus the old economy

In presenting his vision for the country in Montreal last week, incoming Prime Minister Paul Martin rightly extolled the New Economy and the importance of using capital efficiently. Continue reading

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Peace Coffee: Changing the world a cup at a time

(October 25, 2008) Every morning, Andy Lambert, a local Olympian in the sustainable-development movement, straps on his helmet, mounts his bicycle and begins a 20-mile ride that will take him, bike trailer in tow, to several stores, coffee shops and food cooperatives where he’ll deliver about 300 pounds of “Peace Coffee.” Continue reading

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Strategic voting in Canada: A cross time analysis

(January 1, 2004) This paper investigates strategic voting in Canada. We test the standard expected utility model, as developed by McKelvey and Ordeshook (1972), across four federal elections. Continue reading

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New report on farm subsidies

(April 24, 2003) The study, Agricultural Subsidies in Canada:1990-1999 by Lawrence Solomon and Jessica Zippin, was released June 22, 2000. Continue reading

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NAFTA greens us up

(December 11, 2002) It’s NAFTA’s 10th anniversary and what a great decade for the environment it’s been. Sulphur dioxide emissions are down, ground level ozone levels are down, inhalable airborne particle levels are down and energy efficiency is up. Our air is clearer, our water is cleaner and, as a by-product, we’re healthier, too. Continue reading

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Re: Less Government, Less Greenhouse Gas

(November 11, 2002) Mr. Solomon points out that Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions contributed by the agriculture sector is about 10%. What he neglects to indicate is that, in fact, the agriculture sector will address 20% of Canada’s target emissions now that agricultural soils are recognized as carbon sinks. Continue reading

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World’s poor lose out in western farm subsidy policy

(October 6, 2002) Critics argue subsidies for western farmers are hurting those in the Third World. You probably didn’t wake up this morning thinking about farm subsidies but that may just be the problem. If you’re debating what wins the award as the most ridiculous economic policy of the world’s richest nations, farm subsidies may get the nod. Continue reading

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