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We Need a New Capitalism

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

First, business leaders need to embrace a broader vision of their responsibilities… This requires that they focus not only on their shareholders, but also on all of their stakeholders — their employees, customers, communities and the planet… suggesting that companies must choose between doing well and doing good is a false choice. Successful businesses can and must do both… Research shows that companies that embrace a broader mission… outperform their peers, grow faster, and deliver higher profits.

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Doug Ford’s attacks on workers continue

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Ford says he’s “for the people,” but his failure to act confirms, yet again, what many in Ontario have come to learn. He works for “his” people: campaign donors and corporations. He could not care less about the health and safety or the lives of workers in Ontario. That is the real crime.

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Want a competitive capitalist economy? Choose big government

Friday, October 18th, 2019

North Americans decided to make a choice between big corporations or big government, and favoured the former; Europeans realized that big government was the pathway to keeping corporations competitive and was good for consumers and society. We should not be looking at life as a choice between big, activist government or a successful market economy. To achieve the second, we need more of the first.

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What we can actually do about climate change

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Using existing technologies, all new vehicles added to taxi (traditional or app dispatched), post office, courier and utility fleets could be mandated to be electric. And there are thousands of General Motors workers in Oshawa, Ont., who would love the chance to build those vehicles… The industry was clear it could succeed economically while meeting simple and enforceable targets… government must lead the creation of new work in those communities.

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It’s a No-Brainer — Tax the Billionaires!

Monday, October 14th, 2019

TheTyee.ca – Opinion 9 Oct 2019.   Michal Rozworski , TheTyee.ca Michal Rozworski is an economist, writer and author (with Leigh Phillips) of The People’s Republic of Walmart. He is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. A wealth tax wouldn’t just bring in revenue. It would curb the out-of-control political power of the […]

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To close the wage gap, focus on child care

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Canada could add $150 billion to its economy over the next eight years if more women entered and advanced in the workplace. That’s exactly what research shows universal, affordable child care helps women do. Child care is the most effective way to close the wage gap, but it’s about more than that. It’s also about reducing poverty, increasing employment, helping families and growing the economy.

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Why is there no coherent energy plan being pitched in the election?

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

The country’s leaders should be developing a plan, in concert with their climate strategies, to address the sector’s challenges, while creating conditions for the industry to face the future from a position of strength. “Give them their pipeline and hope they’ll go away” doesn’t cut it. “Refuse them their pipeline and wait for them to die” is just irresponsible. You don’t let nearly one-tenth of your economy die of neglect.

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Should the federal deficit be more of a concern?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Canada’s deficit-fuelled spending binge has helped to temporarily paper over the consequences of a further slowing of income growth, a chronic problem since the global financial crisis erupted in 2008. – vs – When businesses are hoarding cash instead of investing, there is a need for government financed investments funded from new borrowing.

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Should there be a wealth tax on the very rich?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

One per cent of net worth is a very modest level of taxation. With a wealth tax at that level, the fewer than 10,000 Canadian families who would pay it wouldn’t be forced to change their lifestyles in any way. But Canada wide, the money raised could do a lot of good… [but] Wealth taxes… can trigger problematic responses… are an administrative nightmare. And they just plain don’t bring in as much revenue as their proponents hope.

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Economic analysis of child benefit bolsters case for national basic income

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The Canada Child Benefit has not only lifted kids out of poverty, but it has boosted the country’s economy by $139 billion since 2016, according to a new economic analysis of the initiative… Every dollar Ottawa spends in child benefits generates almost $2 in economic activity, says the report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis

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