Does Capitalism Save Lives?

I was watching CNBC and happened to see this panel about how the number of Americans killed by natural disasters has declined over time. It was also noted that, in early 2010, fewer people died in Chile’s earthquake than in Haiti’s earthquake. The discussion quite reasonably outlined how improvements in…
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When Politics is Personal

Lately I wonder if there hasn’t been a modification to the feminist adage “the personal is political”. In the aftermath of the recent federal election — a decision that left so many of us cringing in anticipation of the onslaught we know will follow — it became clear that for…
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UK Conservatives Put Canada’s to Shame on Climate

Across the pond, the UK Conservative coalition government has taken a very different approach to tackling climate change than the Harper Conservatives. The Canadian government’s “commitment” to addressing climate change makes us a global pariah. Our government says it is committed to reducing Canada’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by…
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BC to Raise Corporate Taxes

Amazingly, BC’s government has joined its official opposition in proposing to restore the provincial corporate income tax rate from 10% to 12%. The same government that cut from 12% to 10% would now reverse itself as part of a last-ditch effort to save the HST. Revenue from a higher corporate…
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Canada Doesn’t Deserve the Silver

It has been widely reported in the Globe and elsewhere that Canada ranks #2 in the just-released OECD Better Life Index, outstripped only by Australia. I am all for measures of objective and subjective social well-being that go beyond GDP as a measure of progress, and this OECD report offers…
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Gas Gouge

CCPA Research Associate Hugh Mackenzie has done an analysis of current gas prices (using our online Gas Price Gouge Meter) and finds: Although the average price in these major centres across Canada is roughly the same today as it was two weeks ago – $1.33 on April 29; $1.35 today…
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