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Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve written a blog post about Canada’s National Housing Strategy consultations. The link to the blog post is here. Points raised in the blog post include the following: -In Canada, public social spending as a percentage of our GDP is well below the OECD average. […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Alberta, Conservative government, federal budget, fiscal federalism, homeless, housing, Indigenous people, poverty, Role of government, social policy.
September 8th, 2016
In 1995, Canadian First Ministers signed an Agreement on Internal Trade. From the website, “Its purpose is to reduce and eliminate, to the extent possible, barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services, and investment within Canada and to establish an open, efficient, and stable domestic market.” Well, it turns out that agreement, although […]
Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I have a blog post titled: “Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget.” The link to the post is here.
Posted by Nick Falvo under Alberta, budgets, carbon pricing, child benefits, climate change, corporate income tax, debt, demographics, energy, environment, federal budget, health care, homeless, housing, HST, income support, income tax, inflation, population aging, poverty, public services, seniors, social policy, taxation.
May 3rd, 2016
Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve written a blog post titled “Using Data to End Homelessness in Calgary.” The link to the English version is here; the link to the French version here.
Le 18 novembre, jâ€™ai fait une prÃ©sentation sur les dÃ©fis en ce qui concerne Â« mettre fin Ã l’itinÃ©rance Â» au Canada au 7 Cities Leadership Summit Ã Edmonton. Ma prÃ©sentation, illustrÃ©e de diapositives, peut Ãªtre tÃ©lÃ©chargÃ©e ici. Voici dix choses Ã savoir en tant que dÃ©fis concernantÂ Â« mettre fin Ã lâ€™itinÃ©rance Â» au Canada. […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Alberta, cities, corporate income tax, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income tax, municipalities, NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES, Ontario, poverty, Role of government, social policy, taxation.
December 8th, 2015
On November 18, I gave a presentation on â€œending homelessnessâ€ at the 7 Cities Leadership Summit in Edmonton. My PowerPoint slides can be downloaded here. Here are ten things to know about â€œending homelessnessâ€ in Canada: 1. In 2008, Calgary became the first Canadian municipality to publicly commit to â€œending homelessness.â€ More than a dozen […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Alberta, cities, corporate income tax, demographics, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income tax, Indigenous people, municipalities, Ontario, poverty, public infrastructure, Role of government, social policy, taxation.
November 18th, 2015
This afternoon I gave a presentation at Raising the Roofâ€™s Child & Family Homelessness Stakeholder Summit in Toronto. My slide deck can be downloaded here. To accompany the presentation, Iâ€™ve prepared the following list of â€œTen Things to Know About Homelessness in Canada.â€ 1.Efforts to enumerate persons experiencing homeless have generally been spotty, but it […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Alberta, Canada, cities, demographics, employment, Employment Insurance, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income, income support, Indigenous people, labour market, macroeconomics, municipalities, Nunavut, Ontario, population aging, poverty, seniors, social policy, taxation, Toronto, unemployment.
September 17th, 2015
Cet aprÃ¨s-midi, jâ€™ai fait une prÃ©sentation au Child & Family Homelessness Stakeholder Summit, organisÃ© par Chez Toit, Ã Toronto. Ma presentation, illustrÃ©e de diapositives, peut Ãªtre tÃ©lÃ©chargÃ©e ici. Pour accompagner la prÃ©sentation, je vous ai prÃ©parÃ© la liste suivante: Â« Dix choses Ã savoir sur lâ€™itinÃ©rance au Canada. Â» 1. Les tentatives de dÃ©nombrer les […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under aboriginal peoples, Alberta, cities, demographics, Employment Insurance, fiscal policy, homeless, housing, income, income support, Indigenous people, labour market, macroeconomics, municipalities, Nunavut, population aging, poverty, seniors, social policy, taxation, Toronto, unemployment.
September 17th, 2015
Recently, Minister Kenney took to twitter to defend his decision to limit the number of precarious workers entering Alberta through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Again, the minister is to be applauded for his grasp of the situation. His changes do little to fix the actual problem though. The evidence that he cited was the […]
When it comes to global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes that what matters is the total volume of greenhouse gas emissions going forward. This amounts to about 30 years of emissions at current levels â€“ a globalÂ carbon budgetÂ thatÂ would provide the world a 66% chance of staying below 2Â°C. There is some debate […]
Canada’s Harper-ment is getting increasingly desperate. The quest to double production out of the Alberta tar sands needs new pipelines (or rail). In recent months, we have seen new proposals for pipelines to the west and to the east, amid further delays of the KeystoneXL pipeline to the south. The success of US activists (environmentalists, […]
It has recently been reported that the University of Alberta wants to “reopen two-year collective agreements” with faculty and staff “to help the university balance its budget…” This appears to be in direct response to Alberta’s provincial government announcing in its March budget that there would be a “7% cut to operating grants to universities, […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Alberta, budgets, corporate profits, education, employment, fiscal policy, income, income distribution, income tax, inequality, post-secondary education, productivity, taxation, unions, wages.
August 7th, 2013
The federal government released an updated Canada’s Emission Trends 2012 reportÂ today. In a remarkable shift in federal rhetoric just this past week, the Harperites now appear to be more sensitive to concerns about the Enbridge pipeline and climate change more generally. But appearances can be deceiving and there is good reason to believe the current […]
The following is a guest post by the Alberta Federation of Labourâ€™s Tony Clark: A labour shortage occurs when the demand for labour exceeds the supply of labour, right? Well, apparently not in Alberta. The Alberta Federation of Labour took a long hard lookÂ at the Government of Albertaâ€™s projections showing an astronomical labour shortage of […]
The China National Offshore Oil Corporationâ€™s (CNOOC) bid to acquire Nexen is a large and complex proposal. Canadians should call for a more thorough and transparent review than other foreign takeovers have received under the Investment Canada Act. A preliminary outline of possible costs and benefits follows. The Downside: Chinese Consumer Interests A company like […]
In a recent blog post at Northern Public Affairs, Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox looks at the issue of ‘who gets what?’ when a mine is developed in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Here is an excerpt from the post: – The resource extractor: they pay royalties (the NWT has the lowest royalties in the world), and costs of […]
On my recent book tour to promote “Thieves of Bay Street”Â I have journeyed to Alberta, Montreal and Ottawa. In so doing, I have gotten a taste of the Canada which Stephen Harper and his merry band of Tories are trying to forge. In Calgary, I arrived in time for the final weekend of the Alberta […]
The Progressive Economics Forum will be occupying the Calgary School (also Jimâ€™s and my alma mater) on June 8 and 9 at the annual Canadian Economics Association conference. Our schedule of sessions is now available.
Statistics Canada reported this morning that 38,000 people gave up looking for work in February. The official unemployment rate fell because these Canadians were no longer counted as being unemployed. However, this huge withdrawal from the labour force is a sign of weakness in the job market. Nationally, 25,000 of the 38,000 who dropped out […]
The revelations over how the federal Tories used a robo-calling firm (or firms) to contact voters in possibly 30 or more ridings during last yearâ€™s election â€“ misleading them about where polling stations were located â€“ is just another example of the Harper governmentâ€™s undemocratic tactics. This is on top of their new on-line surveillance […]
Two obvious but generally unstated details about the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline are climate change and that oil and gas companies stand to make mega-profits. An honest appraisal of the project would be something like, “yes, putting in the pipeline will facilitate even more greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oil sands, but our buddies […]
Progressive economists have advocated expansionary fiscal and monetary policies to boost demand and create jobs, given the high rate of unemployment. By contrast, employers and conservative commentators complain of unfilled vacancies and labour shortages, emphasizing policies to increase labour supply and labour mobility. Todayâ€™s new Statistics Canada survey of job vacancies sheds fresh light on […]
Putting aside the impact of the proposed Enbridge pipeline on GHG emissions or spills on land and at sea, the case in favour of the pipeline rests on creating jobs. Personally, I think industry and government use “jobs” as a euphemism for “profits” as that is where the lion’s share of revenues go. But for […]
On Sunday,Â CTV leaked Canada’s intentions to pull out of the Kyoto treaty process on climate change. What is significant about Kyoto is that it is a legally binding international treaty, and one that puts the onus of emission reductions on the countries that have done the most to cause the problem (and who have most […]
The C. D. Howe Institute is out this morning with a press release entitled, â€œRaising Oil and Gas Royalties Does Not Benefit Provincial Coffers.â€ A complete analysis of the accompanying 30-page paper – featuring many graphs, tables and regressions – will take time. But here is my initial take. Background The Institute correctly notes that […]
I recently had the chance to read a 2008 book entitled Who Goes?Â Who Stays?Â What Matters?Â Accessing and Persisting in Post-Secondary Education in Canada.Â Edited by Ross Finnie, Richard Mueller, Arthur Sweetman and Alex Usher, the anthology features 14 chapters written by a total of 21 authors.Â Â Â I found Chapter 4 (co-authored by […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Alberta, education, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, part time work, post-secondary education, race, social policy, student debt, student movement, user fees, women, working time.
April 20th, 2011
This article first appeared in the Globe and Mailâ€™s online feature Economy Lab on Friday. My thanks to all the commentators on this page for the great discussion of the topic. This week, the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship rightly noted that immigrants are Canadaâ€™s ticket to economic growth in the coming years. The untold […]
With a government as centrally controlled as our federal government, one has to wonder why the media make such a fuss covering cabinet shuffles. Peter Kent may be the new Environment Minister, but the message box is still from the Prime Minister’s Office. So it was not much surprise toÂ see our new Environment Minister […]
Memo to Alberta Energy Minister Ron Liepert: Royalties are not taxes Already â€œunder attack for allegedly being rude and dismissive when he was health minister,â€ current Energy Minister Ron Liepert conceded he hadnâ€™t read the Parkland Instituteâ€™s new report on vast oilpatch profits but that didnâ€™t stop him from dismissing it: â€œThis is a not […]
The Parkland Institute released its latest report yesterday morning, detailing the huge scale of oilpatch profits â€“ Misplaced Generosity: Extraordinary profits in Albertaâ€™s oil and gas industry. Many of the responses from government and industry were predictable â€“ thatâ€™s why they were addressed in the report. Letâ€™s run through the standard excuses offered for the […]