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Internal trade barriers make Canada less attractive for foreign investment

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Internal trade barriers cost the Canadian economy between $50-billion and $130-billion… They prevent Canadian businesses from gaining economies of scale through access to a whole-of-Canada market, which are critical to developing global competitiveness. This, in turn, means fewer international export opportunities… These trade barriers between provinces and regions also impede greater pan-Canadian social and political cohesion.

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Canada shouldn’t welcome birth tourists

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Birth tourism rankles the public because it feels like cheating… The way to do that is to adopt visa restrictions – denying visas to women who are coming to Canada expressly to give birth, and to crack down on both brokers and birth houses… Canada should remain a welcoming country but not one whose citizenship is for sale.

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Are You Inadvertently Amplifying Anti- Immigrant Racism?

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Incorrectly focusing on the wages of migrant workers — instead of ensuring permanent status and full rights — distracts from the real authors of exploitation and increases racism… Canada’s permanent resident intake as a percentage of the population has been stable for the last decade. Today, most migrants are on temporary permits, the largest grouping being “international students,” who spent an estimated $12.8 billion in Canada in 2015, and $15.5 billion in 2016.

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Canada doesn’t lack in terms of university-industry collaboration

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

The share of industry-funded R&D in Canadian universities hovered around eight percent over the past couple of decades. That may not sound like a lot, but it has been consistently higher than the equivalent figure for American universities, which has fluctuated at around five percent in the same period.

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It’s time to move past ‘fake news’

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

“Critical thinking doesn’t mean we disparage everything; it means we try to distinguish between claims with evidence and those without,” he said. There is plenty of available material for arming ourselves against disinformation. Mustering the will to do so should be easy when the stakes are considered. History shows that trusting in falsehood can have dire, even catastrophic consequences.

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Don’t Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Rosling explains how one billion people around the world still live in extreme poverty, but that number has halved since the UN last set development goals 15 years earlier. Rosling uses holographic projection technology to present data that give an upbeat assessment of our ability to end world poverty by 2030.

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Blame Economists for the Mess We’re In

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Markets are constructed by people, for purposes chosen by people — and people can change the rules. It’s time to discard the judgment of economists that society should turn a blind eye to inequality. Reducing inequality should be a primary goal of public policy.

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The Great Canadian Tax Dodge

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

It is estimated that up to $80 billion leaves Canada every year, untaxed. Much of it is siphoned off to Canadian-made offshore tax havens. This film documents the birth of the Canadian Tax Fairness movement and examines the issue of tax avoidance, exposing the sophisticated corporate strategies and tax loopholes commonly used to legally avoid tax.

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Tax on super-rich a popular idea, except in the media

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Given that 26 individuals now have as much wealth as the bottom half of humanity (3.8 billion people), one wonders at what point conservative commentators might consider this a problem… Let’s not forget that the super-rich typically made their fortunes by selling products built by employees we all paid to educate, and shipping those products on roads we all paid to build.

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Trudeau government outlines five-year, $148-million plan to attract more foreign students to Canadian universities

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

The government is targeting countries with a large and growing middle class that may not yet have the higher-education capacity to educate all their students, or where the prospect of a Canadian education in English or French holds appeal… The strategy also allocates $95-million to encourage Canadian students to study and build ties abroad, particularly in Asia and Latin America, rather than the common destinations of the U.S., Britain and Australia.

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