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Ferguson: Not so far away

Picture this: it's about midnight, and two black men are walking up the street in their neighbourhood after enjoying a meal out. Up ahead in the distance, four young white...

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Tax credits are not the way to boost innovation

There is a lot of talk about the need to build a “knowledge-based economy” if we are to retain and create good jobs in a world where production is shifting...

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The decline of evidence-based law making

The old adage holds that law is like sausages, you don’t want to see them being made. The problem is, in making our federal criminal and correctional law, seeing how...

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It's time to close Canada's digital divide

The Harper government recently unveiled its plan to invest millions of dollars over the next three years to expand Internet access.  Comparing the plan to the creation of the national...

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Stalled recovery takes shine off Harper's economic record

Editor's note: after releasing its July jobs report on Aug. 8 showing 200 jobs were created overall, Statistics Canada said on Aug. 12 it had made an unspecified error in the labour...

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The dismal state of Canadian manufacturing

It is hardly news, but the scale of the manufacturing crisis in Canada continues to astound. Between 2002 and 2013, manufacturing employment fell by 557,000 jobs, meaning that one in...

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Fiscal austerity and lost Canadian jobs

Bill Scarth is a highly respected mainstream Canadian economist at McMaster University. In a piece just published by the C.D. Howe Institute, a generally conservative think-tank, he argues that the...

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Canada's over-hyped jobs recovery

The Conservative Party recently launched the “We're Better off with Harper” campaign with the claim that “with over one million net new jobs created in the recovery, Canada's economy is...

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Fact check: putting the Conservatives' "million net new jobs" into context

The Conservative Party recently launched the “We're better off with Harper” campaign with the claim that “with over one million net new jobs created in the recovery, Canada's economy is...

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Canada's economic performance is nothing to celebrate

For all of the self-congratulatory rhetoric of the Harper government, the fact remains that Canada’s economic recovery has been built on very fragile foundations. Growth has been fueled by the...