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Ottawa’s $1.5-billion foreign aid initiative has spent only $120,000 so far

In the News   |   October 8, 2020

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Nearly three years after announcing $1.5-billion in new financing programs for foreign aid, Ottawa has disbursed only a tiny fraction of the promised money: just $120,000 so far. The Trudeau government won praise from aid... read more

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New report offers unexpected optimism that Canada could meet its 2030 climate targets

In the News   |   September 29, 2020

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As the federal government prepares to roll out climate-related spending commitments as part of its economic recovery strategy, a report being released on Tuesday suggests that Canada’s emissions reductions targets could be achieved at a surprisingly... read more

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Savers stashed $127-billion in 2020 – it may just rescue the economy

In the News   |   September 11, 2020

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Lots of attention has been paid to the financial risk-takers in the pandemic – the people bidding to buy houses, buying expensive stocks and dipping into speculative things like gold and bitcoin. But the ones who may... read more

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The economic news is bad – and will likely get worse – but this is not like the Great Depression

Behind the Breaking News   |   May 28, 2020

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Top Concern – Health During the Coronavirus pandemic, the number one concern on virtually everyone’s mind is their health and avoiding the risk of infection. That concern is well placed and it is what is... read more

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Canada braces for economic retaliation from China following Meng Wanzhou court ruling

In the News   |   May 28, 2020

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The federal government said a B.C. judge’s refusal on Wednesday to end an extradition case against Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou was entirely out of its hands as it braced for economic retaliation from Beijing.... read more

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Can we please stop worrying about inflation?

In the News   |   May 15, 2020

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The economy is being held together with financial duct tape right now, but people are starting to worry about inflation. Inflation fears arise from massive government spending to support the economy through the pandemic. Inflation... read more

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Trump threatens to ‘terminate’ trade deal with China over COVID-19

In the News   |   May 8, 2020

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U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening economic retaliation against China over its handling of COVID-19, tying the pandemic into his long-running trade war in an escalating clash between the world’s superpowers. The President and some... read more

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Canada’s economic future depends on its startups

Guest Column   |   April 7, 2020

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Yung Wu is CEO of MaRS Discovery District Entrepreneurs everywhere are scrambling for lifelines during this crisis. In recent days, we’ve heard appeals from aviation, energy, agriculture, small business – anyone with payroll to meet... read more

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No hiding place

Cartoons   |   March 4, 2020

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The threat of a coronavirus pandemic has sent stock markets plunging around the world.

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How Canada ensures equality among provinces

Lesson Plans   |   December 18, 2019

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Konrad Yakabuski reports on the ramifications of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to revamp Canada’s equalization payments. Although Mr. Kenney has recently criticized the current formula as being unfair to Alberta while favouring provinces like... read more

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Freeland, American and Mexican counterparts close to approval of USMCA side agreement, sources say

In the News   |   November 28, 2019

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The United States, Canada and Mexico are closing in on a deal to add a side agreement to the new continental trade pact that would help it win the approval of congressional Democrats. Deputy Prime... read more

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Under Kenney’s plan, Quebec’s equalization take would grow

In the News   |   November 26, 2019

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Sometime in the few next weeks, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the amounts Canada’s have-not provinces will receive in equalization payments for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. And, needless to say, most Albertans won’t... read more

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Beavering away?

Cartoons   |   November 14, 2019

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Canada has a large productivity gap versus the United States, says a study. Even Canada’s most prosperous provinces are also-rans.

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Average Canadian household spent more on taxes than living costs in 2018, report finds

In the News   |   August 6, 2019

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The average Canadian household paid nearly $40,000 in taxes last year, more than the combined cost of clothing, food and shelter, according to a new report. The Fraser Institute’s annual Canadian Consumer Tax Index is... read more

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That uncertain feeling

Cartoons   |   May 15, 2019

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Like other currencies and some commodities, the Canadian dollar is being roiled by doubt over how the US-China trade war will play out.

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