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  • Report looks at captured nature of BC’s Oil and Gas Commission August 6, 2019
    From an early stage, BC’s Oil and Gas Commission bore the hallmarks of a captured regulator. The very industry that the Commission was formed to regulate had a significant hand in its creation and, too often, the interests of the industry it regulates take precedence over the public interest. This report looks at the evolution […]
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  • Correcting the Record July 26, 2019
    Earlier this week Kris Sims and Franco Terrazzano of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, Winnipeg Sun, Ottawa Sun and Toronto Sun. The opinion piece makes several false claims and connections regarding the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP), which we would like to correct. The […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Rental Wage in Canada July 18, 2019
    Our new report maps rental affordability in neighbourhoods across Canada by calculating the “rental wage,” which is the hourly wage needed to afford an average apartment without spending more than 30% of one’s earnings.  Across all of Canada, the average wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment is $22.40/h, or $20.20/h for an average one […]
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  • Towards Justice: Tackling Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada July 9, 2019
    CCPA senior economist David Macdonald co-authored a new report, Towards Justice: Tackling Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada­—released by Upstream Institute in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)—tracks child poverty rates using Census 2006, the 2011 National Household Survey and Census 2016. The report is available for […]
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  • Fossil-Power Top 50 launched July 3, 2019
    What do Suncor, Encana, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Fraser Institute and 46 other companies and organizations have in common? They are among the entities that make up the most influential fossil fuel industry players in Canada. Today, the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) is drawing attention to these powerful corporations and organizations with the […]
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Galbraith Prize in Economics 2010

I am pleased to announce John Loxley as the winner of the 2010 John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics. John will be joining us in Quebec City during the Canadian Economics Association meetings at the end of May to give the Second Galbraith Prize lecture. Please join us if you can make it!

Below is an overview of John’s credentials for the prize from Jim Stanford.

On behalf of the PEF membership, congratulations to John, and a big thank you to this year’s JKG Prize selection committee (Mel Watkins, Armine Yalnizyan, Erin Weir, Brian MacLean and David Pringle).

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John Loxley and the 2010 John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics

Throughout his adult life John Loxley has worked to combine economic analysis, research, and publishing of the highest quality, with a deep personal commitment to social change and building the social change movements which will be the engine of change.  It isn’t enough for progressive thinkers to simply put the ideas out there and hope that someone does something about them.  We all have a responsibility to use whatever resources, platforms, and leverage we may have in our respective positions, to further in concrete ways the development of the movements and campaigns that will be essential in actually achieving the change that we envision.  John Loxley, to me, embodies that necessary duality between intellectual work and nitty-gritty movement-building.

His academic research in the fields of development economics, international monetary and financial systems, and community economic development, have been recognized internationally as making a substantial contribution to progressive thought in those fields.

However, it is more through his enduring and important personal commitment to activism that John has really left a lasting benefit for social change efforts in Canada and around the world. Despite his deserved international reputation, John never shied away from getting his hands dirty in the trenches of social change activism and organizing.  He has been consistently and heavily engaged in a range of different social change initiatives, projects, and organizing — ranging from his work with the North-South Institute and international debt justice initiatives, to his work co-founding the Choices coalition in Winnipeg and through it inspiring the Alternative Federal Budget (which this year will mark its 15th edition — an impressive and consistent record), to his personal involvement in a range of grass-roots economic development initiatives with First Nations communities in northern Manitoba.  John is always respectful and collegial with his fellow social-change activists, and never “lords over” them on the strength of his intellect and reputation.  He personally practices what he preaches, through his ongoing passion for and contribution to social change.

In addition to his personal research agenda and his personal involvement in a wonderful range of activist struggles and initiatives, John has also made a priority over the years of helping to build the University of Manitoba’s economics department into a well-regarded, collegial, and open-minded academic program.  This involves his unique ability to reach across normal ideological divides in the interests of building an inclusive, diverse, respectful, and workable department that fills a totally unique niche in Canada’s academic economic world.

I don’t know anyone in Canada who better embodies the spirit of engaged, activist intellectual work that we seek to honour with this award, than John Loxley.

Jim Stanford

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