From The Missing Issues File: Climate Change

Apr 14, 2011
Did I miss something, or did the two-hour English election debate go by with only one passing reference to climate change, the most urgent issue of our time?  There seems to be an inverse relationship at play between the severity of the crisis and its place on the political radar. The issue is receiving much… View Article

Can cooperatives humanize the economy?

Apr 13, 2011
Book Review of Humanizing the Economy: Cooperatives in the Age of Capital, by John Restakis, New Society Publishers, 2010. The economy is about business, right? Sure, we have a dynamic mixed economy, and most people support decent social programs and government intervention to protect the environment or to improve living conditions for the poorest. In… View Article

Environmental Violence

Apr 11, 2011
Time magazine recently reported that particulates in the air from “industry, traffic and domestic heating, cause 4,300 premature deaths in London each year”. That works out to about 12 people dying every single day, in just one city. The British government does not seem worried about this horrific toll. To put their response in perspective,… View Article

A Call to Action on the Forest Front

Apr 8, 2011
Does the provincial government have a coherent plan to address the exponentially deepening forest health crisis in our province? Evidently not, as outlined by two scientists in a sobering critique of provincial government forest policy (or the lack thereof) published in today’s Vancouver Sun. Penned by Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest science at the… View Article

Robin Hood Economics

Apr 5, 2011
Canada’s economic context at the time of Election 2011 is one of “precarious recovery”, and overall demand conditions are weakened by a few major factors. Unemployment is still just under 8%, which is good compared to the double-digit unemployment of the early 1990s, but not great compared to the expansions of the late 1990s and… View Article

Ten years of tax cuts: a household’s perspective

Apr 1, 2011
I did my taxes yesterday and once again was surprised to see how low my family’s income taxes have gone. In 2010, my wife and I paid a combined 13.7% of our income in federal and provincial income tax. Canadian modesty does not permit me to disclose the exact amount of income, but it was… View Article