Games are a very popular cultural medium with a reputation for not being very “deep”. Game Praxis is a new project I’ve co-founded to encourage game makers and players to ask big questions through gameplay. It’s a game competition and a journal focused on philosophy and games.
The goal is simple: generate more interesting . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Competition and Journal Looking Into Philosophy and Games
As Target Canada tumbled into bankruptcy, Loblaw announced that its fourth-quarter profits more than doubled. What can be learned from this tale of two retailers?
The main reason for Loblaw’s surge was its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart last March, which turned it into Canada’s largest grocer and pharmacy chain. Shoppers contributed $3 billion to . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Grocery Wars: Lessons from Canada’s Changing Retail Landscape
When we think of Adam Smith, the great Scottish philosopher and economist, and his seminal book The Wealth of Nations, we are inclined to think of free markets, individual self-interest, and the invisible hand. However, reading another good book recently, How Markets Fail by John Cassidy, I was reminded there was a lot more to . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: More to Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations than meets the neoliberal eye
Back in 1998, I wrote a lengthy investigative feature for The Financial Post about Canada’s signals intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), and its post-Cold War role. You can read it here:
The CSE and its sister signals intelligence agency in the US, the National Security Agency (NSA), engage in espionage using solely . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The NSA Scandal is all about Economics
Another year, another dead Canadian tech giant. Blackberry was sold yesterday for scrap to the Toronto private equity firm Fairfax. The purchase price of $4.7 billion is essentially valued at its cash of $2.6 billion and the value of its patents. Blackberry’s active businesses are being valued at essentially nothing. If Fairfax can stop the . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Blackberry mess and what Canada needs
The provincial government’s mid-summer announcement that regulations under the Independent Health Facilities (IHF) Act will be drafted to permit “specialty clinics” raises some serious concerns. Changes in the LHINS enabling legislation will also be required. While the details are sparse the government’s stated goal is to permit the LHINs, Ontario’s regional health authorities, and Cancer . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Private Hospitals in Specialty Clinic Clothing
A letter appears in today’s Globe and Mail in response to recent direction given by Minister Flaherty to private mortgage lenders over mortgage rates. The letter was written by Steve Pomeroy, one of Canada’s leading housing policy experts.
Here is the full text of the letter:
Twice in recent weeks, the Minister . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Glass-House Mortgages
It’s odd that Conservatives advocate competition in the economy when under this Conservative government our economy has only become less competitive.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recently lowered Canada’s ranking in global economic competitiveness from 12th last year to 14th place in 2012. This has been part of a steady decline since 2009 . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: A Conservative Canada Is An Uncompetitive One
It seems so obvious in hindsight: if you want to know what is going on in business-side of community medicine look where doctors look – the classified section of The Medical Post.
After reading all of the articles, during a slow day at work, a big flashy classified ad for MCI: the Doctors Office caught . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: Health Facility License Auction Health Cost Driver
Bill Curry reports in today’s Globe that, at last year’s economic policy retreat, business leaders urged Finance Minister Flaherty to reduce the pay of “overpriced” Canadian workers, including through anti union right to work legislation.
Coincidentally, or not, the subsequent 2012 federal Budget introduced new rules which will require most EI claimants to accept jobs . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s Economic Problem is NOT High Wages
I was on a road trip recently, driving through the American south, and ended up coming face to face with the economics of gambling. The friend I was travelling with is a professional poker player, making his living at casinos all across the US. He used to work as an IT consultant in Toronto, helping . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Rise of the Casino Economy
On January 31, in “The Silo Strategy: Part One,” I wrote about the exclusion of the for-profit laboratories from Ontario’s regional health authorities, the LHINs, and the negative effects of this exclusion on recent attempts in Wallaceburg, Thessalon and on St. Joseph Island to control laboratory costs and maintain local access.
The silo strategy, securing . . . → Read More: False positive: private profit in Canada’s health care: The Silo Strategy – Part Two