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Concern about Canadian household debt levels overblown when assets, other measures taken into account
Notwithstanding headlines to the contrary, there is little evidence that Canadian households are being irresponsible in taking on new debt, finds A Longer-term Perspective on Canada’s Household Debt Read more

Fraser Institute ranks academic performance of 289 B.C. secondary schools, spotlights the province’s top schools boards
The Fraser Institute published its annual ranking of British Columbia secondary schools, illustrating that B.C.’s school boards are responsible for the quality of the education services their schools provide, according to Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia 2015 Read more

Screening foreign acquisitions may discourage Canadian entrepreneurship, economic growth
The Investment Canada Act, which screens foreign acquisitions of Canadian companies, does not serve the interests of Canadians, finds An Economic Assessment of the Investment Canada Act Read more

 
Books

What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity 
Why did the U.S. economy recover so slowly from the 2008 recession? What lessons have economists learned that can encourage economic growth in the future? A new book, comprised of five essays by noted U.S. economists, connects the dots between the role entrepreneurs and small businesses play in growing an economy, how high levels of economic freedom increase both the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship, the decline of economic freedom in the United States since 2000, and how the decline in economic freedom explains the sluggish economic recovery.Read more.

 
Commentaries

The provinces are lousy at controlling spending (Calgary Herald, May 16) by Mark Milke

National drug plan for Canada? Look before you leap! (Windsor Star, May 15) by Bacchus Barua

Safer rail transport still can’t compete with pipeline safety (National Post, May 14) by Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson

Why do we have more firefighters fighting fewer fires? (Vancouver Province, May 11) by Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios

Which path will Alberta’s NDP government take? (Calgary Herald, May 8) by Charles Lammam and Jason Clemens

 
Videos and infographics
Video – What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity. America’s decline in economic freedom is eroding entrepreneurship.
Perspective on Canada’s Household Debt This infographic shows stories about household debt levels are incomplete when assets aren’t accounted for.
 
News and upcoming events

• Join us this fall as we honour a number of great Canadians with the Fraser Institute Founders’ Award. This year’s honourees are Keith and Ryan Beedie (Vancouver – September 24th), Jack Cockwell (Toronto, October 15th), Fred and Ron Mannix(Calgary, October 29th), Emanuele “Lino” and Lino A. Saputo, Jr. (Montreal, November 5th). For more information or to purchase tickets please contactevents@fraserinstitute.org or call 1-800-665-3558, ext. 529.