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In this issue:

The Effects of Crony Capitalism—Alias: Government Intervention
Channce Fuller
The negative implications of the U.S. trade tariff on Chinese tires. 1st place essay contest winner: Graduate category.

The Video Gallery - A Real Game Changer
Ravina Bains, Associate Director, Fraser Institute Centre for Aboriginal Studies, leads an online discussion about the landmark Tsilhqot’n Nation V. British Columbia decision.

Crony Capitalism Lurks in Renewable Energy Subsidies Programs
Matthew Lau
The real costs of Spanish renewable energy subsidies and the resulting effect on consumers. 1st place essay contest winner: Undergraduate category.

The Quote Wall
Will Rogers on government efficacy.

The Book Corner
Benjamin Perrin
Invisible Chains

Zoning: What’s the Use?
Josef Filipowicz
How current urban planning development laws hinder entrepreneurial activities and the alternatives
for land use.

A Young Man’s View on Taxation
Brennan Sorge
The world debt situation leads a student to think about ideal taxation rates.

The cost of crime skyrockets

Hot Topics
What’s New from the Institute: Young adults moving west for economic opportunities; and police department staffing across Canadian cities.

Surprising potential in Vancouver's affordable housing plan

With housing prices at an all-time high in Vancouver, there was a lot of buzz about the interim report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability. While the Task Force acknowledged the need to streamline and create more certainty and clarity in the regulatory process, the City of Vancouver will need to significantly reduce land-use restrictions and the regulatory burden on developers to truly help make housing more affordable.

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Zoning and other land use controls are so much a part of contemporary life that even the most ardent free enterprises usually take for granted the sanctity of such controls in the protection of the urban residential environment. This provocative book raises a number of basic questions about zoning, specifically about recent variants of land use controls. It forthrightly challenges underlying assumptions and principles at the root of the zoning philosophy and is required reading for all those concerned with the future of cities.