Peter Spiro
Peter S. Spiro is a consultant on economics and law and Executive Fellow at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance. He has graduate degrees in economics from the University of Toronto and University of Chicago, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Entries by Peter Spiro

The Hidden Costs Of Canada's Capital Gains Tax Exemption

(23) Comments | Posted March 30, 2017 | 4:21 PM

Leading up to the federal government's 2017 budget, there was speculation about an increase in the tax on capital gains. The current tax exemption is disproportionately beneficial to the wealthy, and it has little in the way of general economic benefits.

Only half the value of capital gains is currently...

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The Unexpected Benefits of Choosing Second-Hand First

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 11:16 PM

Everybody is likely aware that you can buy things used as an alternative to new and save a few bucks. But until now, few of us realized that the second-hand economy significantly contributes to Canada's GDP, creates jobs and reduces the environmental harm of rampant consumerism -- and the potential...

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How This Radical Court Ruling Invalidated a Father's Racial Bias

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:29 AM

An Ontario judge has pushed the boundaries of legal precedent in a controversial decision, declaring that a will motivated by racial bias was invalid. The decision is even gaining international attention among legal scholars.

The case is known as Spence v BMO Trust. The deceased Mr....

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Class Action Lawsuits Fall Prey to the Speculators

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 4:02 PM

The class action lawsuit is an important legal innovation. It allows many small players to get together and seek justice if they have been injured due to the negligence of a large company. It lets many individual consumers or small investors who have suffered a loss make a claim.

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The Metrolinx Funding Proposal is Narrow and Unfair

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:25 PM

It may well be true that the Greater Toronto Area has under-invested in transportation infrastructure. That does not mean that one should support the funding proposal that emerged from Metrolinx this week.

Metrolinx is the government super-agency with the mandate to oversee new public transit infrastructure. Metrolinx argues that congestion...

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Was Your Mortgage Made In Bangladesh?

(6) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 8:19 AM

News reports have been filled with horrendous scenes of victims being pulled from the rubble of a collapsed factory in Bangladesh. More than 370 have perished.

We are told that workers in these factories were making clothing for a major Canadian brand, among many others. Consumers in advanced...

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Ottawa Should Say No to the Global Currency Casino

(5) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 4:33 PM

A debate has been raging in the City of Toronto about building a casino. Opponents say that a casino brings a guaranteed net loss for society. If the city gets some extra tax revenue, it will come at the expense of people who are unlucky enough to lose...

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