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The rise and fall (and rise?) of Blackberry – the story that just won’t quit

September 24th, 2013 · · Corporations, Economy & Economic Indicators

This is an experiment. I’m writing an essay based on my latest Metro Morning column. Each of these columns take hours of prep, so I thought I’d convert it into prose to see if it’s worth it. Would love your feedback.  

The rise and fall (and rise?) of Blackberry is a story that has gripped our attention, and not just because it affects so many Canadians.

It’s because this tumultuous story has more plot twists than a thriller.

Yesterday the company stole the spotlight yet again with news that its future might not be dashed after all, thanks to a home-grown financial rescue package that took everyone by surprise.   Here’s why it’s important:

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The pharmaceutical industry in Québec: time for assessment

June 13th, 2012 · · Health Care, Quebec

Last week it was announced that the German firm TVM Capital will manage a Montréal fund dedicated to the life sciences sector and meant to allow the multinational pharmaceutical Eli Lilly, amongst others, to set up shop in Québec’s metropolis.

With $150M planned investments, does this mean that Québec’s industrial policy regarding biotech has suddenly been brought back to life? No, actually, it doesn’t.

On the contrary, the time has come to assess how effective policies regarding the pharmaceutical industry are. For some twenty years, Québec has put everything in place to attract giants of this powerful industry. The aim was obviously to take advantage of the spillovers regarding investments, research, employment, etc.

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Inequality is bad for business

September 15th, 2011 · · Economy & Economic Indicators

In August Canadian Business magazine published my article on why inequality is bad for business.  It is produced in full below.

Last week the International Monetary Fund, not known for left-leaning views, released a series of articles entitled “Why Inequality Throws Us Off Balance”.

One of the papers is by Andrew Berg and Jonathan Ostry entitled “Equality and Efficiency: Is there a trade-off or do the two go hand in hand? A few months earlier they had written a provocative piece “Inequality and Unsustainable Growth” documenting how lower inequality is linked to more sustained periods of growth….and that higher inequality means more volatility.

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