Tar Sands and the CETA

The recent decision by the European Union (EU) to disregard Canadian government pressure and forge ahead with regulations that recognise the higher green-house-gas intensity of fuel produced from tar sands and oil shale is encouraging.   But, as reported in today’s Globe and Mail, the Canadian government is still lobbying furiously…
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Oneabees—Way to Represent!

There’s a splinter group in the 99% movement. You know the people I’m talking about—those who, in the midst of the excitement generated by a growing demand for systemic change, persist in disavowing their membership in the 99%. Perhaps you’ve read their rantifesto. It usually begins with “the 99% doesn’t…
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Occupation, Democracy and Co-ops

I hung out a while yesterday at the Vancouver Occupation, and was impressed with their efforts at radical democracy. Many in the mainstream press have been quick to pile on for how time-consuming decision-making can be under this model, but perhaps they have not spent enough time in legislatures and…
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Recent Immigrants and the Crisis

It is no secret that times of  high unemployment and precarious work are especially tough for new and recent entrants to the job market, notably young workers and recent immigrants. The latter were especially hard hit in the recession and slow recovery of the 1990s, when new immigrants had great…
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Occupy Protests … It’s About Time!

Here is my commentary published in the Globe and Mail (web edition) on Sunday, regarding the wonderful Occupy Together events held in Toronto and almost 1000 other cities around the world: It’s the political puzzle of our times:  Why, in the wake of the most spectacular failure of free-enterprise in…
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Are Smart Meters Worth the Cost?

A notice in my mailbox last week told me that smart meters are going to be installed in my neighbourhood. I’ll admit that the geek in me would like to see real-time information about my energy usage, but as an economist I’m interested in costs and benefits of the program….
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