There's a Way to Recover Jobs Lost to Globalization

Salman Sakir | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

Globalization has brought significant benefits to the global economy, including developed countries' economies. However, it has led to decrease in the manufacturing base and employment in Canada and the US. If policies that require local content are introduced, it could boost employment in the manufacturing sector.

UN Climate Change Agreement Must Address Corporate Right to Sue Countries

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

Countries pledging to take serious action on climate change are also party to, or are aggressively negotiating, trade and investment deals that contain a mechanism that gives large corporations the right to challenge any changes to the current rules under which they operate -- be they environmental, health or human rights -- that negatively affect corporations' bottom line. ISDS essentially grants corporations equal status to governments in these negotiations and privatizes the dispute settlement system between nations.

It's Tough to Celebrate Labour Day Without Work

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Business
Glen Pearson

As Canada celebrates Labour Day weekend, there are important questions concerning Gandhi's premise that we must begin asking ourselves. For example, how do we deal with a world of wealth without work? Upon entering an era of ironies, we find ourselves forced to deal with some increasing contradictions -- employability replaces employment, people without jobs, jobs without people, numerous part-time jobs replacing full-time ones, employment numbers going down because people have stopped looking for work altogether.

Canadians Need to Know the Truth About the TPP

Maude Barlow | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

This week, ministers from 12 countries representing 40 per cent of the world's economy will meet to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest trade agreements ever. As talks are rushed to conclusion, Canada is still fighting to have its supply management system excluded from the deal. We wish the government well in its quest to protect supply management, but we wish it would go to bat for other core Canadian values and industries. Unlike our European and even American counterparts, Canadian discussion on the TPP has been limited to chickens, eggs and milk.

Should Canadians Be Worried About the Weak Loonie?

Peter Hall | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

A weaker Canadian dollar poses a threat to imported inputs to Canada's production machine, and to future Canadian investments abroad. But the soaring U.S. dollar isn't the only currency in play. Movements in other currencies are less dramatic. Perhaps this is an opportunity to scan the globe both for inputs to our production process and for direct investment undertakings in less-traditional markets.

9 Hotels Gyms to Satisfy Your New Year's Resolutions | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Travel

If those extra holiday pounds are hanging a little heavy, one of your New Year's Eve resolutions probably includes some serious time spent at the gym. But all workout and no play is no way to spend the next year, and getting and staying fit is not fun when it puts a crimp in your travel plans.

Dredging Up the Dreaded Economic "D-Word"

Peter Hall | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

You thought it was dead for good. So did I. It's a proven misfit in an ever-globalizing world. But the 'D' word is back. The U.S. economy is on the move, but Europe is stuck in the mud. Suddenly, there's lots of talk -- once again -- about decoupling.

How To Get So Much Career Momentum You'll Always Have Work

Brian Carter | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Business
Brian Carter

Everyone has at least one cowbell -- it's your unique, profitable talent people pay you for or your company's unique offering. It's something people have a fever for. When you discover it and give those people a ton of it, you gain success and happiness for both yourself and others. It's a win-win.

Key Ideas From the New World Forum For a Better Global Future

Adam Moscoe | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

How are technological innovations shaping global futures? What could the next industrial revolution look like and who and what might bring it about? H...

Globalization Is Only a Good Thing If It Benefits All Groups of Society

Salman Sakir | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Salman Sakir

Globalization may have played a role in the emergence of poverty in developed countries. When people in the lower income group experience long-term unemployment, they may slip into poverty. While the poverty rate has remained between 12 to 15 percent in the last few decades in the U.S., the number of people living in poverty actually increased.

How Small Businesses Get Big International Results

Peter Hall | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Its small share of the overall marketplace might lead many to conclude that small exporters are too small to warrant attention. That would be a great mistake. The dynamism of this segment suggests that it is already a powerful new force in Canada's economy.

Songs For the Underclass

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Artwork by: David Cran Good protest songs - the ones that endure - never preach to the choir. They don't rally the converted. They never tell you ...

Is Globalization Finally Dead?

Peter Hall | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Even before the last economic cycle ended, the bell was tolling. The onset of crisis compounded the doomsaying. Me-first nationalism swept across the planet, threatening to undo the vast global integration that was the last cycle's hallmark. Is globalization dead?

Canadian Trade: Pros and Cons for 2014

Peter Hall | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

When international trade collapsed in 2009, the Canadian economy turned inward, and for a change, discovered a steady source of growth. That source is now tapped out, and economy-watchers have for some time turned their eyes back to trade. So far, the view has been uninspiring. Will Canadian trade carry growth forward, or is our hopeful gaze in for a big disappointment?

The Evils of Corporate Globalism

Mark Taliano | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Taliano

Canada's corporate extension into Honduras is emblematic of this neocolonial pillage of public resources that impoverishes the majority as it enriches oligarchs and foreign investors. Corporate globalism has everything to do with profit and exploitation, and nothing to do with fair trade, human rights or labour rights.

Canada's Small Businesses Are Taking on the Big World

Peter Hall | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Exporting. Globalization. Diversification. These are big terms, and we usually associate them with big business. This overlooks one key fact: that all businesses start off as small affairs, and the same is generally true for export ventures. So, how are Canada's small exporters doing?

Altruistic Canada Has Become Another Nation of Gold Diggers

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

At first blush, the recent decision of the Canadian government to shift its foreign affairs focus from diplomacy to servicing private industry came as something of a shock to many. We have become just another nation interested in building up its own wealth at the expense of being an effective influence in the larger struggles facing the globe -- poverty, climate change, localized conflicts, and a general breaking down of democracy's legitimacy.

Canada's Relationship With First Nations Is a Failure

Mark Taliano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

Canada's relationship with First Nations peoples is a rapidly accelerating failure, borne of its contempt for international and national law, and an overarching moral weakness, outgrowths of its atrophied sense of self.

Think Globally, Not Locally

Mark Milke | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Plenty of people will shamelessly demand government spend lots of extra money to "buy local," even if the cost is millions or billions of dollars more. This is daft. The notion that jobs in Canada come at the cost of employment in Japan, India, China or Germany, or vice-versa, is profoundly mistaken. Jobs can be created in one's own country and abroad at the same time.

Canadian Doublespeak and Corporate Power

Mark Taliano | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada
Mark Taliano

Corporate empowerment deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the as yet unratified Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), a bilateral agreement with China, empower corporations to the extent that government legislation becomes subordinated to corporate profits. There are ways to combat this, but it will not be easy.

How Will Asia Make its Comeback

Peter Hall | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Weakness in the developing world has had an ugly recent effect: vibrant Asian economies wilted over the summer months, and now face a less certain path in the months ahead. Vaunted as a key engine of the world economy, Asian economic powerhouses are now contributing to the pervasive sense of global gloom. Will Asia self-start, or will re-ignition require a boost from another battery?

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Africa

Glen Pearson | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

War, famine, death, devastation -- we've heard it all so many times about Africa that we feel we know it by heart. It's time we acquired a new vocabulary. It's almost as if, right under our nose, while beset by our own economic problems, we missed what is clearly a remarkable economic and social shift in world developments. Here are just some examples of what's been going on.

Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

The Huffington Post Canada | Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada Living

This feature was produced by Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge, a student in Ryerson University's School of Journalism, in partnership with The Huffington P...

Rachel Mendleson

‘Even Our Path To Self-Destruction Is Going To Run Out Of Fuel’ | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada Business

Jeff Rubin has a message for all the economists and central bankers out there, waiting with bated breath for rock-bottom interest rates to kick the wo...

Occupy Movement Demands Fresh Thinking -- For Our Grandchildren

David Suzuki | Posted 01.10.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Although not all corporations are bad, many of them, and the super-rich who run them, are increasing their wealth at the expense of generations to come -- poisoning air, water, and soil. The costs of those problems will be most strongly felt by successive generations to come, yet economists discount them.