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For Manufacturing Employees, the Recession Lingers On

October 29, 2010

Kip Beckman Eric Thomson
Economist
Economic Services

According to the Daily Bread Food Bank , in Toronto, the fastest growing population using food banks are unemployed manufacturing workers who have exhausted their unemployment benefits. It’s little surprise given that hundreds of thousands of manufacturing employees were displaced by restructuring during the ...

Currency War Sideswipes Canada

October 25, 2010

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

The Brazilians are mad at the Americans and Europeans. The Japanese are mad at the Chinese and South Koreans. The Americans have accused the Chinese of deliberately keeping the yuan undervalued, a development that has led to huge U.S. trade deficits and ...

All That Glitters is not Gold

October 20, 2010

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Shakespeare’s famous line from the “Merchant of Venice” is certainly at odds with recent developments in gold markets as prices have surged by over 500 per cent since 2002 – far higher than returns in equity markets over the same time period. ...

Canada Needs to Go Big in EU Trade Negotiations

October 14, 2010

Danielle Goldfarb
Associate Director
International Trade and Investment Centre

EU and Canadian officials are convening in Ottawa this month for round 5 of negotiations towards a wide-ranging trade and investment agreement. So far, the negotiators have made rapid progress. But they have generally worked through the relatively easy stuff – ...

No Light Yet In America's Dark Fiscal Tunnel

October 07, 2010

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

America is in a dark fiscal tunnel, with no light yet apparent. The burden of the federal fiscal accounts is quickly approaching crushing levels. And despite the mounting and depressing evidence, there is no political will at present ...


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