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Charles Cirtwill

OPINION: What’s next? Stimulating the recovery

OPINION: What’s next? Stimulating the recovery

Whatever we do, we should be planning it now and be ready to not just announce it, but roll it out, just as soon as the dark clouds begin to lighten.
OPINION: Reclaiming the middle ground with the Red Tory

OPINION: Reclaiming the middle ground with the Red Tory

I, for one, would welcome the return of the Red Tory to a prominent role as the conscience of our public debate. Frankly, you should, too
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.