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In the spring of 1968, Robert F. Kennedy gave a speech that has echoed for half a century. It was a notion he’d been playing with for some time, and it became part of his campaign in his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee. He suggested that gross national product was the wrong measure of a nation’s success. What he called Gross National Product, what many also refer to as Gross Domestic Product, measured nothing but money and output.

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If you want to ensure that Vladimir Putin can finance his war in Ukraine by selling every barrel of oil he can pump, please continue to drive a big internal combustion vehicle on as many unnecessary trips as you can think of. Gas demand will go up and prices will skyrocket and Putin will be easily able to afford all of those bombs and rockets he so dearly loves to use against uncooperative civilian populations.

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The land war in Europe came as a surprise to just about everyone but the price spikes accompanying it certainly did not.  EVs are the future as everyone knows but the future is now rushing at us in leaps and bounds.  How do we best adapt to this new technology? Joanna Kyriazis lays out some of the necessary groundwork we must put in place.

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Like it or not - you will buy a perpetual motion machine from the government of Ontario!

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By Peter Stubbins

For those of you who live in quiet small-town Ontario, blessed with access to woodlands, waterways, farms and open space beware.  Your federal and provincial governments have big plans for your small-town lifestyle and the government services you enjoy. There is big population growth planned for many regions of Canada and if you live near Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto, count on it.  Welcome to what a developer described as the new blast zone.

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Summary

Recurring themes in the Orillia survey and from Canadians who vote with their feet as well as in the larger national surveys clearly delineate the differences between the results of the pursuit of growth and the preference of most people. Further, growth does not support any goals associated with lower taxes, fiscal balance, quality of service, environmental sustainability, food security, or the inevitable transition to renewable energy.

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