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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 […]
    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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