John Loxley: a personal reflection

  Two giants have left us—Mel Watkins a few months ago, and now John Loxley. John (pictured, left, with Andrew Jackson and Watkins, his John Kenneth Galbraith Prize co-winners in 2008) was an inspiring and fiercely dedicated leader. His scholarly work, though impeccable, was not of an ivory tower vintage,…
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The coronavirus crisis: Wake-up call for an economic paradigm shift¹

This article was originally posted on National Newswatch The Trudeau government recently signed an agreement with Amazon to distribute essential medical supplies across Canada in partnership with publicly owned Canada Post and Purolator. Its dependence on Amazon at time of crisis—a corporation with dangerously unsafe workplaces, and an aggressive anti-union…
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A tribute to Mel Watkins

Mel Watkins was a towering intellect whose body of work shaped the thinking of generations of students, scholars, politicians, journalists and activists, myself included. As a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto, Mel rejected the arcane pose of the economics profession. His writing was lucid, elegant and…
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Trump’s assault on regulations and the NAFTA renegotiation

U.S. President Donald Trump’s January 30 executive action on reducing regulations has been obscured by the uproar in response to his Muslim immigration ban, Mexican border wall and other provocative actions. Canadian concerns around NAFTA renegotiation rarely mentions the impact of Trump’s deregulation agenda. It should, because it could profoundly…
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Retrait accéléré des wagons-citernes par Transports Canada : une réalité loin du compte

À la fin du mois de juillet, le ministre des Transports Marc Garneau a annoncé que le Canada accélérerait le retrait des wagons-citernes de la catégorie dont l’explosion au Lac-Mégantic en juillet 2013 a coûté la vie à 47 personnes. Plutôt que d’attendre 2018, comme aux États-Unis, le ministre a annoncé aux médias…
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