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Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve written a blog post titled “Do Calgary and Edmonton need more power and resources?” The blog post comes as the Government of Alberta considers the possibility of, well, giving more power and sources to both Calgary and Edmonton. Points raised in the blog post […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under Alberta, cities, economic history, fiscal federalism, GTA, housing, municipalities, Ontario, public infrastructure, public services, public transit, Role of government, taxation, Toronto, transportation.
November 3rd, 2016
Today the CCPA released a new big picture report by myself and student researcher Amanda Card calling for a Green Industrial Revolution. The report builds on work done for the BC-focused Climate Justice Project, bringing to bear a national analysis of green and not-so-green jobs. We take a close look at GHG emissions and employment […]
Posted by Marc Lee under carbon pricing, ccs, climate change, economic growth, employment, energy, environment, housing, industrial policy, investment, labour market, macroeconomics, oil and gas, progressive economic strategies, public infrastructure, public transit, tar sands, transportation.
June 12th, 2012
I have an opinion piece out on the City of Ottawa’s universal, student transit pass–also known as “the U-Pass.” Points raised in the op-ed include the following: -U-Pass programs exist for roughly 30 universities and colleges across Canada. -For a U-Pass program to be introduced, students typically must vote in favour of the program in […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under cities, climate change, Ontario, post-secondary education, public infrastructure, public services, public transit, student movement, transportation, user fees.
February 7th, 2012
It’s no secret that a major priority of Canadian universitiesÂ is to recruit substantial numbers of international students, who in turn pay very high tuition feesÂ once they arrive in Canada. Recent evidence suggests that insofar asÂ Canadian universities want to continue doing so, they should work with senior levels of government to reduce the cost of bothÂ housing […]
Pollsters tell us that Ontario’s New DemocratsÂ may double their seat total in next month’s provincial election. It’s also entirely conceivable that they couldÂ be part of a coalition government at Queen’s Park.Â But what’s actually in the party’sÂ election platform? One central feature of the NDP’sÂ proposals is to implement aÂ tax creditÂ for companies that hire new workers. The tax […]
Posted by Nick Falvo under climate change, corporate income tax, education, employment, energy, environment, fiscal policy, health care, housing, HST, income distribution, income support, income tax, investment, minimum wage, NDP, Nova Scotia, Ontario Election 2011, party politics, post-secondary education, poverty, progressive economic strategies, public services, public transit, social democracy, social policy, socialism, super-rich, taxation, user fees, wealth.
September 20th, 2011
The title for this post borrows from an article by Robert Rowthorn (my old Cambridge professor) and Terry Ward in the 1979 Cambridge Journal of Economics, titled “How to run a company and run down an economy.”Â It’s still a classic on the difference between private cost-benefit accounting and social cost-benefit accounting (showing how the […]
Last week, the City of Vancouver’s task force, the Greenest City Action Team, issued a plan for the city with short and longer-term goals and policy advice on achieving them. The report covers more than climate change, a good thing as it is important to identify win-wins that lead to improvement on other environmental, health […]
The transit strike in Ottawa is now in its secondÂ week, and life is horrible.Â Commuting has turned from frustation to nightmare, especially when snowfall makes things even worse. All of which leads me to the perhaps hugely obvious point that decent transit is self-evidently a very good thing for drivers like me and not […]