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  • Study highlights ‘uncomfortable truth’ about racism in the job market December 12, 2018
    "Racialized workers in Ontario are significantly more likely to be concentrated in low-wage jobs and face persistent unemployment and earnings gaps compared to white employees — pointing to the “uncomfortable truth” about racism in the job market, according to a new study." Read the Toronto Star's coverage of our updated colour-coded labour market report, released […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Uploading the subway will not help Toronto commuters December 12, 2018
    The Ontario government is planning to upload Toronto’s subway, claiming it will allow for the rapid expansion of better public transit across the GTHA, but that’s highly doubtful. Why? Because Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek’s emphasis on public-private partnerships and a market-driven approach suggests privatization is the cornerstone of the province’s plan. Will dismembering the […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • 2018 State of the Inner City Report: Green Light Go...Improving Transportation Equity December 7, 2018
    Getting to doctors appointments, going to school, to work, attending social engagments, picking up groceries and even going to the beach should all affordable and accessible.  Check out Ellen Smirl's reserach on transportation equity in Winnipeg in this year's State of the Inner City Report!
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Inclusionary housing in a slow-growth city like Winnipeg December 3, 2018
    In Winnipeg, there is a need for more affordable housing, as 21 percent of households (64,065 households) are living in unaffordable housing--according to CMHC's definition of spending more than 30 percent of income on shelter.  This report examines to case studies in two American cities and how their experience could help shape an Inclusionary Housing […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • True, Lasting Reconciliation November 21, 2018
    For the first time, a report outlines what implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples could and should look like at the provincial level. This report focuses on implementation in BC law, policy and practices. Fundamental to the UN Declaration is an understanding that government must move from a “duty […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Galbraith Prize in Economics

At the 2006 PEF annual general meeting, the members decided to seek the development of a new Prize in Economics in honour of John Kenneth Galbraith, the great Canadian economist who had just passed away. Mario Seccaracia sought and received the approval of the Galbraith family from Jamie Galbraith, and Jamie joined us at the 2007 CEA meetings to inaugurate the Prize and deliver the first lecture. The first John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics was awarded in 2008 at the CEA meetings in Vancouver, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the PEF. It will be awarded every two years.

2016 Prize Winner, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Simon Fraser University

2014 Prize Winner, Lars Osberg, Dalhousie University

2012 Prize Winner: Mike McCracken, Informetrica

2010 Prize Winner: John Loxley, University of Manitoba

2008 Prize Co-Winners: Mel Watkins, University of Toronto (emeritus) and Kari Polanyi Levitt, McGill University (emeritus)

2007 Inaugural Lecture by James Galbraith:  The Abiding Economics of John Kenneth Galbraith

JKG Prize Terms of Reference

The PEF’s 2007 AGM set out a Terms of Reference for the Galbraith Prize:

a) The JKG Prize and Lecture will be awarded every two years, with the first award in 2008. It will be presented as part of the annual Canadian Economics Association meetings.

b) The recipient of the Prize must deliver the Lecture (no lecture, no prize).

c) The Prize will be 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.

d) A five-person Selection Committee will be appointed by the PEF Steering Committee to bring forward nominations in the year before the prize is awarded. The Selection Committee will have at a minimum one academic, one labour member, and one member from a community/social justice/environmental organization.

e) PEF members will have an opportunity to nominate candidates, but the award will be determined by the Selection Committee.

f) The PEF will award a $2,000 honourarium for the Prize and Lecture, and will cover travel and accommodation expenses for the recipient.