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The Unbalanced Thinking Behind A Balanced Budget Law

The Harper government claims to be paragons of fiscal virtue. They have pledged to balance the federal budget this year, notwithstanding a slowing economy, and are likely set to announce...

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Can Pope Francis make ecology critical to the identity of the faithful?

This year Pope Francis is expected to deliver an encyclical on ecology, one concerning the environment broadly and perhaps climate change more particularly. Believers and non-believers alike, united by a...

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Introducing the Jack Layton and Charles Taylor Awards

Every day across this vast country of ours, groups of people get organized and work together to make their neighbourhood, city, province and nation a better place. Often invisible and...

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Historic Supreme Court ruling strengthens workplace justice

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its highly anticipated decision in Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v Saskatchewan. In bold and sweeping Reasons for Judgment on behalf of a 5-2...

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Budget 2015: It is Time to Invest, Not Cut

In the run-up to the delayed federal budget, there is a strange disconnect between fiscal policy and our changing economic circumstances. Balancing the budget seems to remain the key political...

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Green transition cannot be left to provinces alone

Last week, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau appeared to back away from a national carbon price. He said some of the provinces have already implemented carbon pricing, so the federal government will...

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It is time to confront Canada's staple trap

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....

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Demonized industrial policy puts corporate tax cuts to shame

The words “industrial policy” have been virtually banned from polite company, and should certainly never be uttered in the presence of small and impressionable children. Many mainstream economists and conservative...

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Employment income since 2006: who gained and who lost

The Harper government claims to be good economic managers pursuing a successful jobs and growth agenda. To be sure, there are many factors other than federal government policy that strongly...

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Computers, jobs and rising inequality

Economists take a benign view of the impact of technological change on jobs, dismissing the "Luddite" view that technical progress can be a significant cause of unemployment. The core argument...