CETA good for Europe, and good for us

A collection of labour organizations, environmentalists and other groups oppose CETA by ignoring the economic benefits

CETA good for Europe, and good for usRiots against Canada – in Germany? Canadians like to think we are an example of how a country should be: peaceful, prosperous, democratic, clean and mainly green. We state proudly that the world needs more Canada, especially when compared to nations like Zimbabwe, Syria, Nigeria and other failed states facing tyranny, war, famine and disease. And if anyone demonstrated…

How to get an education that pays off

Education institutions view students are customers, and offer programs students are lining up for, whether jobs will be there upon graduation or not

How to get an education that pays offPost-secondary education used to be reserved for the very rich or the very bright. Now, most high school grads are fighting to get into the universities which are expensive and getting ever more choosy. Why? A high school diploma alone does not open doors to a good job or a career. The justification for putting…

Are the days of teachers coming to an end?

No, but because of how students learn today means that the role of the teacher has to change drastically

In the spate of recent violence, one incident that got little coverage resulted in six deaths and more than 100 injured – more than half of whom were police. The event occurred in Mexico in June. It was instigated by teachers who opposed the imposition of mandatory testing on themselves. Although their methods were deeply…

Make your current employees your hiring allies

Your current workers can do a good job finding suitable workers for free or for a small cost

Make your current employees your hiring alliesIt is August. Fall clothes and back-to-school items appear in the stores. So do help wanted signs, as students leave their summer jobs hoping to enjoy the last bit of summer before heading back to their studies. Employers are faced with the task of filling those newly vacated positions. Staffing will be a major challenge,…

Innovative risk-takers will resurrect our economy

But we need a policy regime that encourages these innovators to find new ideas, then gets out of their way while they pursue them

Innovative risk-takers will resurrect our economyHow can the sluggish Canadian economy generate more wealth for all of us? We need to find ways to encourage the innovative thinkers among us. We all wouldn’t mind at least a little more income. And most of us would like to see that increase spread around a little more evenly. But Canadian income growth, especially…

How Brexit will affect Canada

Britain's withdrawal from Europe may hurt Canada’s access to the much-larger European markets

How Brexit will affect CanadaBrexit is a game changer but how can one country’s decision to leave an economic union affect that nation, its former partners and the world, including Canada? Any real changes in trade conditions, labour mobility, etc., will take at least two years to define, negotiate and implement. But negative anticipation and uncertainty have already thrown…

Giving First Nations the power to flourish

Across Canada, significant projects have improved conditions in many communities, thanks to a funding model that demands accountability

Giving First Nations the power to flourishFirst Nations have long been the stepchildren of the Canadian economy. But a funding initiative is changing that. By measures like income, health, longevity, access to services and others, many First Nations people fall well below what are considered normal levels in the rest of Canadian society. The resulting problems rightfully disturb us all. Insufficient and/or…

Trump’s vision of economic prosperity so last century

A dangerous step back in time for the world's most powerful nation

Trump’s vision of economic prosperity so last centuryDonald Trump's success as a presidential hopeful is a mystery to many. He has no political or governance experience. His business record is sprinkled with bankruptcies. And him yelling “You’re fired!” on television does not lead you to think he can command the world stage, leading a superpower. However, what Trump promises, says or implies…

We can’t pretend to be richer than we are

Public bodies that budget beyond their means send the wrong social message and leave a legacy of debt

We can’t pretend to be richer than we are‘We can't afford it.’ They are simple words and the concept is so critical. Yet society has a difficult time accepting the notion that you can't spend more than you have. The YWCA is a great organization that does a lot of great work for women and their children in Vancouver. In the 1980s, I…

Canada’s isolated Aboriginal communities can thrive

We can prevent tragedies like that in Attawapiskat by focusing on culture, connectivity and commerce

Canada’s isolated Aboriginal communities can thriveThe tragedies of Attawapiskat – suicides, hopelessness and poverty – have touched us all. But what can we do? Former prime minister Jean Chretien proposed shutting down that and perhaps other small, isolated settlements and shipping the residents elsewhere. But that ignores the feelings of the people who call these communities home. Instead, there are steps we can take to bring long-term viability…