The Progressive Economics Forum: Central Agencies in Canada

Do you ever sit in bed late at night wondering what it is that Finance Canada, the Privy Council Office and Treasury Board Secretariat actually do?  Well, wonder no more my friends!  Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve written a blog post titled “Ten things to know about central agencies ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Terrace: Regulating Housing Dignity Is Far Easier Than You’d Think

How to Research a Slumlord! In this era of hyper neoliberalism, we are so used to tax-cutting governments chopping regulations off the books to allow the Blessed Free Market to guide human existence. This caveat emptor mentality, however, means lots of vulnerable, marginalized and economically precarious people are hung out to dry. In BC, the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Your Fat is Profitable – US Food Industry Battles Against Regulations

As long as someone is making money it is win, right? I think the trick is going to be finding a way to make vegetables cheaper than a McBurger.  Then watch out people, the next vegetable uprising shall being! Filed under: Education Tagged: Food Industry, Profit over People, Regulations

DeSmogBlog: House Republicans Attempt To Block Black Lung Protection Funding

black-lung.gif In what could possibly be a new low for one of the most anti-environment, pro-dirty energy industry Congresses in history, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are attempting to gut funding for measures that would reduce the occurrence of black lung in mine workers. The funding cut was inserted into the 2013 appropriations ...

DeSmogBlog: Media Helps Sell The Myth Of “Job Killing Regulations”

unemployment-numbers.jpg Repeat something often enough, and it becomes true. That phrase has been a common theme among think tanks and politicians for decades. And sadly, there is a lot of truth behind that statement. But the claim itself relies on the belief that people will not seek out the truth for themselves; that they won’t ...

DeSmogBlog: Will Dismal Jobs Report Give New Life To Keystone XL Plan?

boehnerand pipelines.jpg While the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline might have disappeared from the front pages in the last few weeks, the battle is still raging. And a grim jobs report for the month of May might just be the catalyst that Keystone proponents have been looking for to renew their push for the ...