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Charles Cirtwill

OPINION: Evidence-based policy: so close, and yet so far

OPINION: Evidence-based policy: so close, and yet so far

Once again, it seems policymakers in Ottawa and Toronto are blind to the sheer geographic distances involved here in the centre of Canada.
OPINION: Is your community welcoming?

OPINION: Is your community welcoming?

Welcoming means being accepting and supportive of new arrivals from everywhere, and anywhere, else.
OPINION: Does urban Canada hate us?

OPINION: Does urban Canada hate us?

Reading national headlines, and, yes, social media, one can find very little sincere interest in understanding why rural Canada is gravely concerned.
OPINION: The Ring of Fire bulldozer is here. Will it work?

OPINION: The Ring of Fire bulldozer is here. Will it work?

It is possible, after all, to see the Ring of Fire as the only option for a new future for many communities.
OPINION: When government screws up

OPINION: When government screws up

If we want good, evidence-based policy decisions, we need to applaud loudly when government admits a mistake and takes real steps to fix it
OPINION: It’s the pocketbook, stupid

OPINION: It’s the pocketbook, stupid

When the rhetorical smoke clears, the winner will most likely be the party that promises to protect your pocketbook the most.
OPINION: OK, employers: time to step up (again)

OPINION: OK, employers: time to step up (again)

We cannot leave it to our large employers alone to attract and absorb newcomers.
OPINION: Ten days on the road (in Northern Ontario)

OPINION: Ten days on the road (in Northern Ontario)

Anyone thinking of making policy affecting Ontario’s Northern regions would be well served to get in a car and drive around the place for a few days.
OPINION: We need to focus on comparative, not competitive, advantage

OPINION: We need to focus on comparative, not competitive, advantage

Investments that build on comparative advantage are about building companies where they should be.
OPINION: A tale of two refugees

OPINION: A tale of two refugees

Canada is facing two refugee crises, not one.