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  • Imagine a Winnipeg...2018 Alternative Municipal Budget June 18, 2018
    Climate change; stagnant global economic growth; political polarization; growing inequality.  Our city finds itself dealing with all these issues, and more at once. The 2018 Alternative Municipal Budget (AMB) is a community response that shows how the city can deal with all these issues and balance the budget.
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Why would a boom town need charity? Inequities in Saskatchewan’s oil boom and bust May 23, 2018
    When we think of a “boomtown,” we often imagine a formerly sleepy rural town suddenly awash in wealth and economic expansion. It might surprise some to learn that for many municipalities in oil-producing regions in Saskatchewan, the costs of servicing the oil boom can outweigh the benefits. A Prairie Patchwork: Reliance on Oil Industry Philanthropy […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • CCPA's National Office has moved! May 11, 2018
      The week of May 1st, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' National Office moved to 141 Laurier Ave W, Suite 1000, Ottawa ON, K1P 5J2. Please note that our phone, fax and general e-mail will remain the same: Telephone: 613-563-1341 | Fax: 613-233-1458 | Email: ccpa@policyalternatives.ca  
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • What are Canada’s energy options in a carbon-constrained world? May 1, 2018
    Canada faces some very difficult choices in maintaining energy security while meeting emissions reduction targets.  A new study by veteran earth scientist David Hughes—published through the Corporate Mapping Project, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute—is a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s energy systems in light of the need to maintain energy security and […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • The 2018 Living Wage for Metro Vancouver April 25, 2018
    The cost of raising a family in British Columbia increased slightly from 2017 to 2018. A $20.91 hourly wage is needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver, up from $20.61 per hour in 2017 due to soaring housing costs. This is the hourly wage that two working parents with two young children […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Marc’s Conflict of Interest Disclosure

On January 5th, 2012, the American Economics Association adopted new guidelines for the disclosure of potential conflicts of interests by economists. Please find my disclosure information below (thanks to Andrew Leach for turning the AEA guidelines into a template, which I have used as the basis for my own).

Employment:

I have been employed with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives as an Economist since November 1998. Since 2009 I have been Co-Director of the CCPA-UBC Climate Justice Project.

Financial support:

For calendar years 2009-2012 (to date), my organization has received financial support for my research activities from:

  • The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – Climate Justice Project CURA (in partnership with University of British Columbia).
  • Vancity Savings credit union.
  • Vancouver Foundation.
  • Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.
  • Industry Canada, Office of Consumer Affairs.

I receive support (office, infrastructure, equipment, salary and benefits) from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for my research (what remains uncovered by source cited above). The CCPA receives funding from diverse sources, including individuals, trade unions, credit unions, foundations and government.

Consulting activity:

None to report.

Relevant paid or unpaid activity

  • Speaking engagements: I am a regular speaker at events and conferences, and frequently charge a speaking fee, which goes to my organization to cover the cost of my time. I have not been compensated directly for any of these events over-and-above expenses incurred, with the exception of “shwag” (the occasional article of clothing; sometimes chocolate and coffee; a couple times, I received a small native carving or picture).
  • CBC Early Edition Business Panel: I have a contract with CBC to do regular commentary, paid at standard rates. Funds are donated back to the CCPA.
  • Other benefits received: If I travel for work, I will often engage in some sightseeing, done at my own expense.

Family conflicts of interest

To the best of my knowledge, no members of my immediate family have personal or financial relationships which would be viewed by a reasonable individual to constitute a conflict of interest with either my research or public commentary.

Asset disclosure

I do not hold shares in any companies. I do not believe in speculating in financial markets, so all savings are held in term deposits at local credit union.

Political Activity

My organization is non-partisan, and I am not a member of or regular donor to a provincial or federal party.

 

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