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Bill Longstaff: Canada earns a D for environment

Last week the Conference Board of Canada released its environment report card and Canada did not do well. We earned a D, ranking third from last against 15 of our international peers. The only countries that performed worse were Australia and the U.S… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Canada earns a D for environment

Bill Longstaff: Canada earns a D for environment

Last week the Conference Board of Canada released its environment report card and Canada did not do well. We earned a D, ranking third from last against 15 of our international peers. The only countries that performed worse were Australia and the U.S… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Canada earns a D for environment

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta’s 2012 election campaign kicked-off four years ago today

Considering the incredible political change that has taken place in Alberta in the past few years, it is almost difficult to believe that it has only been four years since Alberta’s political parties were rolling out their campaigns on the firs… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Alberta’s 2012 election campaign kicked-off four years ago today

Alberta Politics: Do billionaires fleeing Canadian taxes deserve public subsidies for their Alberta franchises?

PHOTOS: CNRL Executive Chairperson N. Murray Edwards, a billionaire. (Wikipedia photo). Below: Twitter gadfly Dave Beninger (Facebook grab), Law Professor Catherine Brown (University of Calgary photo), former Alberta Premier Alison Redford and billiona… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Do billionaires fleeing Canadian taxes deserve public subsidies for their Alberta franchises?

OPSEU Diablogue: Will health care derail the 2017 target for balancing the books? Not likely.

The Conference Board of Canada likes to tell the world that it is independent and unbiased, but a quick look at its board of directors will reveal that it is mostly dominated by leaders from Canada’s corporate sector. That includes … Continue reading →

Bill Longstaff: Conference Board illustrates folly of conventional economic metrics

Once again conventional measurement has painted a warped view of our economic well-being. Relying principally on growth in the GDP sense, The Conference Board of Canada applauds the oil and gas rich provinces—Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador—for being the country’s top economic performers.

In the short term they are: highest GDP growth, highest employment growth, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Conference Board illustrates folly of conventional economic metrics

OPSEU Diablogue: Picard blames health professionals for slow pace of “reform”

How can we improve Canada’s health system? Blaming the professionals who deliver care defies logic. You may be very surprised to learn that one prominent journalist says the biggest obstacles to health care reform are the people who deliver it … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Poking the beast – “P” word missing from reform talk

The problem with discussing health care sustainability is there is no definition of what that means. Data would suggest that our health care spending is not out of control – the so-called cost curve has already been bent. Past increases … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Growing Gap Of Truck Drivers Will Be Costly To Canadian Economy

By The Conference Board of Canada (Press Release) | Feb. 21, 2013: OTTAWA – Tens of thousands of truck drivers are approaching retirement age, but very few young people and immigrants are entering the industry. A new Conference Board of Canada report concludes that the gap between the supply of drivers and the demand for . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Growing Gap Of Truck Drivers Will Be Costly To Canadian Economy

The Canadian Progressive: Canada failing to close the income inequality gap

by Conference Board of Canada | Feb. 4, 2013: OTTAWA – Canada has been unable to reverse the rise in income inequality – and poverty rates – that occurred in the 1990s. Low rankings on these social equity measures mar an otherwise solid “B” grade in The Conference of Canada’s Society report card, released today. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada failing to close the income inequality gap

The Canadian Progressive: Health care is good medicine for Canada’s economy

by Conference Board of Canada | Jan. 31, 2013: OTTAWA – Health care is a large and essentially recession-proof part of Canada’s economy, creating more than 10 per cent of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP) annually and supporting more than two million jobs, according to a Conference Board of Canada analysis for its . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Health care is good medicine for Canada’s economy

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday morning reading.

– Sixth Estate is the latest to weigh in on Statistics Canada’s findings about inequality: Progressive taxes are based on the idea that the more money you earn, the more you spend on unnecessary luxuries. Poor people therefore have very low tax rates because the bulk of their . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Alberta Diary: Uh-oh! Premier Alison Redford wants to have a ‘conversation’ with us

Fireside chats? Alberta Premier Alison Redford as she’ll likely see herself while softening up the province’s citizens for the March 7 Budget Speech on CTV tonight. Below: Ms. Redford as Albertans may see her. Below that: the real Ms. Redford; Conference Board Chief Economist Glen Hodgson.

Oh dear. Premier Alison Redford wants to . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Uh-oh! Premier Alison Redford wants to have a ‘conversation’ with us

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Conference Board of Canada: Economic Benefits of Tar Sands Hinge On Climate Inaction

Conference Board of Canada: Economic Benefits of Tar Sands Hinge On Climate Inaction (via Desmogblog) By 2035 operators in Alberta’s tar sands expect to produce 5 million barrels of the world’s most environmentally dirty and energy intensive oil per day. Current daily production hovers around 2 million barrels. According to a recent Conference Board of . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Conference Board of Canada: Economic Benefits of Tar Sands Hinge On Climate Inaction

The Sixth Estate: Somehow the Conference Board is Less Immune to Industry Pressure than the Federal Senate

In recent months the Canadian airline industry has been pushing, hard, for lower costs. Not content with having the Harper regime order its employees to work under threat of legal sanction (so much for small government, eh?), Air Canada apparently wants to have that same government give it a variety of other under-the-table handouts, too. . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Somehow the Conference Board is Less Immune to Industry Pressure than the Federal Senate

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Medicare in the 21st Century – Change is Afoot!

On May 23, I was lucky enough to hear Andre Picard speak.  He’s the health and social policy writer for the Globe and Mail newspaper, but he’s much more than just a good journalist.  Picard is the 2012  CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Chair at the Conference Board of Canada.  Picard chose to speak on “The Path to . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Medicare in the 21st Century – Change is Afoot!

Canadian Progressive World: New study dispels myths about public sector pay

OTTAWA – December 14, 2011: There is no evidence the average pay of public sector workers in Canada is consistently higher than comparable occupations in the private sector, reports a new study released today by the …Read More

Talking ‘Bout That Gggg-Ghettoization

Huffington Post Canada has carried a joint paper published by Queens University, The University of Toronto and Statistics Canada that shows Canadians are increasingly becoming ghettoized by income. The paper represent the difference that the income gap has grown between the richest and poorest neighbourhoods in Canada’s largest metropolitan areas. The numbers indicate the degree . . . → Read More: Talking ‘Bout That Gggg-Ghettoization

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- For those with a few months to kill between now and next March, now may be the time to direct a browser tab toward Alice’s NDP leadership site and start hitting “refresh”.- The Conference Board of Cana… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Jeffrey Simpson has a bit of trouble recognizing that inequality applies at all rungs of the income ladder, not merely as a matter of resolving poverty. But otherwise his latest is well worth a read:Th… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your review.- Iglika Ivanova calculates the cost of poverty in British Columbia:My findings confirm what we’ve already suspected: poverty comes with a very high price tag. The cost of poverty to government alone is estimated to b… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Armine Yalnizyan follows up on the Conference Board of Canada’s recognition that growing inequality is a serious problem for Canada by noting the similar observations around the globe:There is a growing awarene… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Assorted content to end your day.- Charlie Angus is leading the charge against the Cons’ plan to ram through lawful access legislation, labeling it as warrantless snooping and spying on Canadians. We’ll have to see how far Angus can get in swaying publ… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Death By Trolley: Why Japanese Healthcare is More Efficient Than Canadian and US Healthcare

A recently published report by the Conference Board of Canada, a not-for-profit economics and policy research organization, indicates that Canadians are spending more on their healthcare and getting less than most advanced nations. Canada spend more annually per capita on healthcare – $4100/person, or 10% of GDP – than all but three advanced nations, but […] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Why Japanese Healthcare is More Efficient Than Canadian and US Healthcare