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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 […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • 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 […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • 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 […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • 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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Call for Nominations: 2012 Galbraith Prize in Economics

In June 2012, the PEF will be awarding the third John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics. Nominations are now open to all PEF members in good standing (if you are a lapsed member or want to join for the first time, click here), and the window for nominations will stay open until January 31, 2012. Just email your nomination, with a short rationale (max. 300 words) to

The Galbraith Prize is only awarded every two years, and the winner must be able to come to Calgary for the Canadian Economics Association meetings to deliver the JK Galbraith Lecture (June 8-10, 2012). The Prize comes with a $2,000 monetary award plus travel and accommodation for Calgary.

As per the terms of reference, the Prize is fairly open-ended, and is “awarded based on a demonstrated contribution combining economic analysis with a commitment to social justice, whose work exemplifies the goals and objectives of the PEF.”

This year’s distinguished panel of judges includes all three past recipients of the Prize:

  • Kari Polanyi Levitt: Professor Emeritus of Economics, McGill University, co-founder of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, and author of Silent Surrender and Reclaiming Development.  Co-Winner, 2008 Galbraith Prize.
  • John Loxley: Professor of Economics, University of Manitoba, expert on global financial issues and community and economic development, co-author of Public Service, Private Profits.  Winner of 2010 Galbraith Prize.
  • Mel Watkins: Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Toronto, peace and aboriginal rights activist, lead author of Foreign Ownership and the Structure of Canadian Industry.  Co-Winner, 2008 Galbraith Prize.
  • Morna Ballantyne: Long-time union activist, Director of Regional Offices for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and founder of the Union Leadership website (
  • Tony Dean: Former Secretary to the Ontario Cabinet (Ontario’s top civil servant), now Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Government, University of Toronto.

For more information on the Prize and past JK Galbraith Lectures, see the Galbraith Prize page.


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