Things Are Good: Know The Risks

Humans are really good at pattern recognition but really bad at figuring out which patterns actually matter. This impacts how we live as individuals and as a collective – be it a local neighbourhood or as a country. We look at patterns that threaten us and overreact to some (like removing our freedoms in the ...

Political Eh-conomy: Pension trade-offs and democratic deficits

Forget houses as a source of secondary income – that’s so 2007. After the latest recession, Americans are increasingly dipping into their retirement savings to fund on-going consumer expenses. Many private 401(k) plans have rules that allow workers to withdraw some amount of saved funds before retirement and such early withdrawals are on the rise. ...

Political Eh-conomy: What’s the risk? Climate activism aiming at supply and demand

One way to think about climate activism is to see if it focuses on the supply of or demand for fossil fuels – pipelines or cars, hydrocarbons or carbon emissions. This distinction is not a new one, is doubtless very simplistic and has often been used to chastise activists. Here, I hope it will draw ...

Political Eh-conomy: Notes on pensions and risk

Canada’s finance ministers are meeting this weekend and a proposal to expand the CPP is at the top of the agenda. If implemented, this proposal would bolster an important public program at a time when public programs are under attack and the public sector as whole is shrinking. There are many good arguments in favour of strong public pensions, ...

Political Eh-conomy: Austerity and the profitability puzzle: government gives profits a helping hand

This is the third and final post in what has become a three-part series on the puzzle of high profitability and low investment in the Canadian economy. In the first part, I looked at some data that shows the existence of the puzzle and explored a few of the factors that could be behind it. ...

Canada II: Embracing Redundancy

We’ve all been sold a bill of goods. All the time we are told that efficiency, productivity and profitability are the most important things in the world. Heck, we’ve even folded sustainability into this model. As we continue to mix more and more ingredients into this cake we’re increasingly at risk of choking ourselves to ...

Canada II: Embracing Redundancy

We’ve all been sold a bill of goods. All the time we are told that efficiency, productivity and profitability are the most important things in the world. Heck, we’ve even folded sustainability into this model. As we continue to mix more and more ingredients into this cake we’re increasingly at risk of choking ourselves to ...

Canada II: Embracing Redundancy

We’ve all been sold a bill of goods. All the time we are told that efficiency, productivity and profitability are the most important things in the world. Heck, we’ve even folded sustainability into this model. As we continue to mix more and more ingredients into this cake we’re increasingly at risk of choking ourselves to ...

The Canadian Progressive: Public comments prove Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk, no reward

By: 350.org | Press Release: WASHINGTON – April 23, 2013 – Opponents of Keystone XL have submitted more than one million comments urging President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the State Department following the publication of the latest deficient environmental review urging that the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline be rejected. Across […] The post Public comments ...

Canada II: IdleNoMore: A Short History

Today the Harper Regime capitulated to the request by #idlenomore and First Nations to meet. This seems like a big win but I can only look at this with skepticism. Now that the pressure is off of Harper there is every danger that public interest will flag — that ongoing work to discredit #idlenomore by ...

Canada II: IdleNoMore: A Short History

Today the Harper Regime capitulated to the request by #idlenomore and First Nations to meet. This seems like a big win but I can only look at this with skepticism. Now that the pressure is off of Harper there is every danger that public interest will flag — that ongoing work to discredit #idlenomore by ...

Canada II: IdleNoMore: A Short History

Today the Harper Regime capitulated to the request by #idlenomore and First Nations to meet. This seems like a big win but I can only look at this with skepticism. Now that the pressure is off of Harper there is every danger that public interest will flag — that ongoing work to discredit #idlenomore by ...

The Scott Ross: Most BCers Support Northern Gateway Pipeline

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to British Columbians that they support an oil pipeline that endangers ecologically sensitive terrain, after all they continue to financially support every other pipeline that does the exact same thing. Opinion polls may consistently show that a majority of BCers oppose Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline, but their continued ...

The Scott Ross: Liberal Red And NDP Orange

The Liberal Party of Canada is often criticized for being stagnant, for not changing, but one just has to look at its logo, its branding, and more specifically, its colour to see that is not true. Colours are important, people naturally associate feelings and ideas to them. Advertisers know this and use colours to associate ...

Canada II: OilGate: Selling our Sovereignty

Harper’s government is guilty of projection if nothing else. Yesterday’s article in the Ottawa Citizen clearly points out how foreign interests have taken ownership of the oilsands from the inside: Defenceless: Canada has no idea what foreign activity… But what Harper and Oliver inadvertently opened up was a nasty and troubling question that nobody in Ottawa ...

Canada II: OilGate: Selling our Sovereignty

Harper’s government is guilty of projection if nothing else. Yesterday’s article in the Ottawa Citizen clearly points out how foreign interests have taken ownership of the oilsands from the inside: Defenceless: Canada has no idea what foreign activity… But what Harper and Oliver inadvertently opened up was a nasty and troubling question that nobody in Ottawa ...

Canada II: OilGate: Selling our Sovereignty

Harper’s government is guilty of projection if nothing else. Yesterday’s article in the Ottawa Citizen clearly points out how foreign interests have taken ownership of the oilsands from the inside: Defenceless: Canada has no idea what foreign activity… But what Harper and Oliver inadvertently opened up was a nasty and troubling question that nobody in Ottawa ...