Why we can’t shop our way to a better economy

This is about the United States, but it rings true in Canada and around the world. More and more our economy is becoming controlled by a small group of big businesses. How does that bode for the future of our societies? Quoted from YouTube: "Published on Nov 23, 2012 "Stacy Mitchell is a researcher and … Continue reading Why we can’t shop our way to a better economy

What are “Market Forces” Anyway?

I was reading an article about the NDP Government's dialogue with the oil industry. I apologise for not recording the URL, but one of the major topics was the environment of course. One CEO was quoted as saying something like the government should let big business deal with environmental goals based on market forces. While … Continue reading What are “Market Forces” Anyway?

Higher Minimum Wage: More Gain than Pain?

The debate about having a living wage has many voices. A colleague recently shared a public letter that a chef wrote to the Premier, expressing how a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour would jeopardize his plans to open a restaurant. He makes many excellent points and does so in clear and respectful language. My … Continue reading Higher Minimum Wage: More Gain than Pain?

Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?

The Mayors of Edmonton and Calgary are talking about it (read). Many agree with them and I am one; it's worth a good look. In fact, I suggest that a guaranteed annual income be considered as a foundational strategy to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty. Whether or not it will work … Continue reading Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?

The Twist on the Minimum Wage Debate

There is a twist of sorts at the end, but reading your way might better than just scrolling down to the end. Just saying. There is an article in the Edmonton Journal called, Opinion: Don't Rush to Boost the Minimum Wage (read it). The topic is front and centre in the minds of many because of the NDP's … Continue reading The Twist on the Minimum Wage Debate

Why Not Free Public Transit? (Updated)

Update Introduction: This is the first time in my long career in the non profit sector that I actually believe a Task Force will make a big difference. I am talking about the Mayor of Edmonton's Task Force to Eliminate Poverty. Because of Mayor Iveson's consistent leadership and voice on this matter and because of … Continue reading Why Not Free Public Transit? (Updated)

Mega-Charities: the 100 Largest Charities in Canada

I am working on a major paper currently entitled, Mega-Charities and All the Rest: Money, Power, Folk Lore, and Transformation. It will include research and data about the revenue sources of charities in Canada and, drawing upon CRA data will provide a comprehensive look at all the ways charities fund raise. The paper will include revenue … Continue reading Mega-Charities: the 100 Largest Charities in Canada