How smart are we if we continue to agree to pay for smart meters?

In my last column I expressed my opposition to the PUC’s application to recover smart meter costs from us through an increase in our delivery charges. Not surprisingly, Brian Curran, president and CEO of PUC, wasn’t a big fan of my column. Curran replied in a letter in which he let people know that smart electrical meters were mandated by …

Ontario government needs to follow through on its promises

The Ontario Throne speech presented last week has me thinking a lot, but my worry is that not as much thought went into it. I put on my cynic’s cap and found a few choice excerpts: “We carved our province out of a harsh northern land.” And then “we” promptly moved south and forgot about the North. “They began to …

Apply EI rules to absent politicians

We are now just over a month into the prorogation of Parliament. Our members of Parliament and our prime minister are now in the boat that so many Canadians find themselves — out of work. The difference is, of course, that MPs face the luxury of a work stoppage with full salary, and they know when they will be back …

There are alternatives to stimulus packages to resolve economic crisis

You catch more votes with honey. To keep the coalition at bay, and endear itself to the voters, we expect our government soon to unveil a huge stimulus package. Since such incentives are historically unproven globally to resolve economic downturns, here are a few alternatives to consider, some more tongue-in-cheek than others. The government could begin by blaming the media …