Category Archives: Economy

Civil society cautiously optimistic of federal budget

Civil society groups are welcoming federal budget with cautious optimism while insisting that more needs to be done to undo damage from Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decade in power. “This budget provides something that’s been missing for a long

Hopeful Signs For Pipelines

By Jared Milne At first glance, pipelines to get Alberta’s oil to market seem as stalled as ever. Many people across Canada don’t seem to think the advantages of pipelines are worth the environmental risks they’re worried about. As I’ve

Realtors cashing in on Canada’s housing affordability crisis, reports show

Realtors are earning record profits from surging house prices contributing to the nation’s housing affordability crisis reaching “dangerous” levels, two recently released reports show. Operating revenue for the real estate agents and brokers industry group grew 10.8% from 2013 to

Low-income brain can give way to lower IQ under stress & duress

By Leila Lemghalef The recent blog post “Peak Performance: How to raise your IQ by up to 14%” discusses findings related to IQ and scarcity mindsets, and sums up that thinking along the lines of scarcity can affect your IQ

Help small businesses instead of Bombardier

By Richard Koss According to recent reports, there are expectations from the Quebec government and from Bombardier that the federal government will match Quebec’s contribution to Bombardier of $1 billion. That’s $2 billion of taxpayers’ money going to a company

McIver mocked for blaming NDP over McDonald’s self-service kiosks

Alberta Tory interim leader Ric McIver has become a target of derision after blaming Alberta’s NDP government’s minimum wage policy for McDonald’s installing touchscreen self-service order kiosks across the province. “4 less AB jobs due to #NDP minimum wage policy,”

Media, Parliament, big corporations least trusted by Canadians

By Leila Lemghalef A Statistics Canada study of public confidence in Canadian institutions during 2013 and 2014, released this morning, reveals that only a minority of Canadians trust media, Federal Parliament, and major corporations. The findings show that 40 per

World’s richest 10% produce half of carbon emissions, poorest half just a tenth

The world’s richest 10 percent produce around half of all emissions while the poorest half of the world’s population – 3.5 billion people – is responsible for just a tenth of all carbon emissions, despite being the most threatened by

Many Canadians struggling to pay bills and plan for retirement

By Leila Lemghalef Close to a third of Canadians struggle to make ends meet and are not saving for retirement, according to the latest Canadian Financial Capability Survey Managing Money and Planning for the Future. Too few Canadians are creating

Corporate tax cuts contributed to slower economic growth, study finds

Corporate income tax cuts have lead to slower economic growth, a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has found – a finding that flies in the face of claims by both Liberal and Conservative governments