Mel Watkins

Posts & Activities by Mel Watkins


  • Happy 80th Birthday Ed Broadbent!

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    We will hand deliver Ed's messages to him - help us make his 80th special.

    Ed has been working for a more inclusive, fair and just Canada for more than 50 years. On his 80th Birthday, let’s celebrate his life & accomplishments! 

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  • A tribute to Abe Rotstein: a giant of Canadian political economy

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    Mel Watkins delivered this eulogy for Abe Rotstein (1929 - 2015) on April 30th 2015

    My dear friend Abe had lived so long. He kept teaching after his contemporaries had quit, and was still so sound of body and mind, that it seemed to me that he just might live forever.

    We both joined the old Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto more than 55 years ago and became the best of friends. We have so remained ever since. Our lives intersected personally, politically and intellectually.

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  • It is time to confront Canada's staple trap

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    Forbidden to text while driving, you can waste your time checking the fluctuating price of gas at every gas station you see and how at each station it differs from yesterday. All you will learn is that the price shifts up and down over space and time – the operation of that seductive beast called the market  with corresponding effects on your pocketbook or credit card balance.

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