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Turning the Corner on Highway Lanes

Posted on 07. Dec, 2015 by .

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A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. This fundamental concept can also be applied to roads in the sense that a road is only as effective at moving traffic as its widest (and most efficient) point. There are many examples in Ottawa and around the world of important roads that, while considerably wide […]

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Breaking down OC Transpo Payment Methods

Posted on 15. Nov, 2015 by .

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Riders have a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to paying to use OCTranspo. These options include cash, tickets, and the presto card. Each offers of these three options offer riders different ways to pay for their transit use. Unfortunately there is one powerful option that is missing from the system […]

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Residential Street Excavation

Posted on 21. Sep, 2015 by .

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Few things are more infuriating to see than a new or well paved road being torn up and improperly repaired. Unfortunately this tends to happen quite frequently where new houses are built in the place of older existing ones. These repair jobs are often done with little regard for the longevity and quality of the fix, or any consideration […]

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program Abuse

Posted on 21. Sep, 2015 by .

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In recent months the Canadian Government’s “Temporary Foreign Worker Program” has come under heavy fire for its flagrant abuse by businesses across the country. Businesses have been using the program to outsource domestic jobs to workers from overseas. This program was designed to fill job positions in Canada that those living here cannot or will not. Although […]

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The Wait-staff Minimum Wage Fallacy

Posted on 21. Sep, 2015 by .

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Whenever the topic of re-evaluating the minimum wage is mentioned the issue, so to is criticism of the minimum wage for wait-staff brought up. An ideal situation would obviously be where there is only one minimum wage for every person regardless of what job they work (ignoring that a reverse income tax is a superior alternative to […]

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The Ontario Drive Clean Conflict of Interest

Posted on 17. Aug, 2015 by .

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As part of my recent process of renewing the registration on my car I encountered a major flaw in the Ontario Drive Clean program. This issue is a common but mostly overlooked problem encountered by anyone with an older car with the high possibility of failing the emissions test. When I investigated what the options […]

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The Dicotomy of Religious Freedoms

Posted on 28. May, 2015 by .

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The concept of freedom of religion is fundamental to a free society’s acceptance of religious pluralism. The idea that citizens can practice and express their faith of any and all religions is an empowering aspect of modern society. This advancement in society has created a situation where different peoples are able to coexist. However, true religious […]

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Equal Rights: Equal Outcome vs. Equal Opportunity

Posted on 28. May, 2015 by .

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Every modern democratic society strives to achieve equality across every measurable ethnic, gender, or socio-economic demographic. Equality breaks down when different interested parties misunderstand what societal equality actually means. Issues arise related to a misunderstanding as to the extent that equality can be regulated. Equality can be approached from either a legal or experiential standpoint. Equality from […]

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Bell’s Modem Policy Issues

Posted on 26. May, 2015 by .

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Canadian DSL customers are living with the illusion of choice when it comes to their ability to choose the modem they use to connect them to the internet. Bell currently offers exclusively the Bell Home Hub 1000 and 2000 modem/router devices as options for their customers. Similarly, the Bell re-seller Teksavvy offers a selection of Bell approved modems/router […]

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Freeing Free-trade

Posted on 26. May, 2015 by .

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It was once noted that a true free trade agreement should only be a couple of pages long. This is just enough space for a title page, the definitions, and then codifying that all trade is tariff-free. Unfortunately free trade agreements in practice never turn out to be quite that simple. The North American free […]

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