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Why The Gulf Oil Spill Could be Good for Canada

June 28, 2010

Todd Crawford
Provincial Forecast

On April 20, 2010, an oil well blowout resulted in a catastrophic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling platform roughly 60 km off the Louisiana coastline. The explosion killed 11 people, injured 17 more, and is now counted as the worst oil spill ever ...

Greek Tragedy Won’t Derail Global Economy

June 24, 2010

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Soaring public deficits in Greece and many other countries in Europe has rendered policymakers helpless in their attempts to keep the global recovery on track. This has resulted in surging gold prices and volatile equity markets. In this environment, the best we ...

Information Technologies Can Heal Healthcare

June 17, 2010

Maxime Armstrong Maxim Armstrong
Economist, Canadian Industrial Outlook

Demand for healthcare services is growing fast, and is expected to accelerate as the population ages. At the same time, provincial governments are now facing huge deficits, and as healthcare is the largest category of spending, it is more than likely that healthcare providers ...

What’s With This Desire To Derail The Recovery?

June 11, 2010

Centre for Municipal Studies

The economic recovery is underway. Well underway. And the economic recovery train is travelling this country at a speed VIA Rail Canada must envy. From coast to coast, housing markets are recovering, consumer spending is on the rise, the manufacturing sector ...

Two Birds With One Stone: Fixing GHG Emissions and Fiscal Deficits

June 07, 2010

Julie Ades Julie Ades
National Forecast

Many governments have come out of the global recession with large deficits and growing debt -- but there exist green means to address these problems. While policy measures often imply a win-lose situation, a carbon tax could produce a win-win. It could help ...

Canada’s GST Heading South?

June 03, 2010

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

If you think Canadians were angry when the GST was introduced in 1991, wait and see how Americans, who hate taxes even more than us, react when the federal government is forced to implement a value added tax (VAT) of its own. ...

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