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Colleagues at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy have recently published two detailed studies on energy literacy in Canada – amongst both the general public, and Canadian business leaders and policy “elites”. The results are disappointing: the studies paint a picture of citizens who are misinformed (or uninformed) about how energy is produced, […]

It is budget season again and that means it is time for the media and politicians to express outrage about just about everything in just about every government budget.  In my experience these outrages are usually the result of a failure to properly understand some very basic measurement issues.  A good example of this involves […]

It’s budget season once again and governments wanting to narrow budget deficits should not forget about the billions of dollars in spending programs that are delivered through the tax system. Not all of these tax-based spending programs provide value for money. For example, the federal and almost all provincial governments provide inducements to Hollywood film […]

The issue of greenhouse gas emissions came up during the Northern Gateway hearings on September 17th. Northern Gateway is a pipeline proposed by Enbridge, and the proposed route is from Edmonton to Kitimat, which has the third largest port on the west coast. There has been considerable public debate regarding the merits of the pipeline, […]

Iran is openly expanding its nuclear capacity. As uranium enrichment continues to rise to higher levels, so too do the suspicions and fears of world powers like the United States and Israel.  Dr. Uzi Arad, former National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, recently spoke at The School of Public Policy predicting a […]