How have Canada and Norway managed climate change?

Both Canada and Norway are major petroleum exporters, producing roughly the same volume of oil and gas. Conservative governments hold power in both countries—Canada’s in majority and Norway’s as part of a centre-right coalition. Despite these similarities, the governments are worlds apart when it comes to climate change. Carbon emissions…
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Time to fix Canada’s broken charitable laws

At a time when the federal government was cutting 3,100 full time positions at the Canada Revenue Agency (including highly trained auditors working on international tax evasion), CRA was given an additional $13.4 million to conduct political super audits on 60 charities. By and large these audits have targeted organizations…
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Ten areas of regulatory failure that contributed, directly or indirectly, to the Lac-Mégantic disaster

My report, Willful Blindness?, released today, summarizes the regulatory failures behind the Lac-Mégantic tragedy. The federal government has so far not acknowledged any culpability or responsibility for the accident. On the contrary, the Minister has blamed the accident on the negligence of individuals and not on gaps in the regulatory…
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Our Way or the Norway

One of goals in my paper, The Petro-Path Not Taken, was to compare Norway and Canada-Alberta’s record in distributing petroleum wealth amongst persons and amongst provinces. Norway has been very effective in distributing oil wealth amongst it regions and its population. Its level of income inequality is one of the…
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Why Unions Matter

Bruce Campbell and Armine Yalnizyan Are unions more of a problem than a solution today? Anti-union sentiment has accelerated since the global crisis of 2008 brought economies to their knees and left public finances in a mess. Widespread frustration with fragile growth and soaring debt has been channeled towards unions,…
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