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  • Boom, Bust and Consolidation November 9, 2018
    The five largest bitumen-extractive corporations in Canada?control 79.3 per cent of Canada’s productive capacity of bitumen. The Big Five—Suncor Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), Cenovus Energy, Imperial Oil and Husky Energy—collectively control 90 per cent of existing bitumen upgrading capacity and are positioned to dominate Canada’s future oil sands development. In a sense they […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • A new Director for CCPA's BC Office: Message from Mary Childs, Board Chair October 24, 2018
    The CCPA-BC Board of Directors is delighted to share the news that Shannon Daub will be the next BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Last spring, Seth Klein announced that, after 22 years, he would be stepping down as founding Director of the CCPA-BC at the end of 2018. The CCPA-BC’s board […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Who Owns Canada’s Fossil-Fuel Sector? October 15, 2018
    The major investors in Canada’s fossil-fuel sector have high stakes in maintaining business as usual rather than addressing the industry’s serious climate issues, says a new Corporate Mapping Project study.? And as alarms ring over our continued dependence on natural gas, coal and oil, these investors have both an interest in the continued growth of […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Pharmacare consensus principles released today September 24, 2018
    A diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, workers, seniors, patients and academics has come together to issue a statement of consensus principles for the establishment of National Pharmacare in Canada. Our coalition believes that National Pharmacare should be a seamless extension of the existing universal health care system in Canada, which covers medically […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Kate McInturff Fellowship in Gender Justice September 19, 2018
    The CCPA is pleased to announce the creation of the Kate McInturff Fellowship in Gender Justice.This Fellowship is created to honour the legacy of senior researcher Kate McInturff who passed away in July 2018. Kate was a feminist trailblazer in public policy and gender-based research and achieved national acclaim for researching, writing, and producing CCPA’s […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Teaching macroeconomics as though Lehmans didn’t happen

September 15th marked the tenth anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers, destabilizing Western economies at levels not seen since the 1930s. It also marked the second week of fall classes, with many economics graduate students cranking through equations that define the discipline’s conventional macroeconomic models. With such names as New Classical, Real Business Cycle […]

Winner of the 2018 Galbraith Prize in Economics: Jim Stanford

The Progressive Economics Forum is pleased to announce Jim Stanford as the winner of the 2018 Galbraith Prize in Economics. The selection committee included Fletcher Baragar (Manitoba), Hassan Bougrine (Laurentian), Toby Sanger (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Christine Saulnier (CCPA-NS) and Kevin Young (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and was chaired by David Pringle (PEF). […]

2018 PEF Student Essay Contest is Open!

The 2018 PEF Student Essay Contest is? open! The deadline for submitting essays is quickly approaching: April 30, 2018. Please use this? submission form ?(fiche d’inscription concours).? You can download a poster (English ,? Francais) here — please help us out and post one in your department. 2018 PEF ESSAY CONTEST RULES ELIGIBILE ENTRANTS ? […]

2017 PEF Student Essay Contest is Open!

The 2017 PEF Student Essay Contest is officially open! The deadline for submitting essays is May 02, 2017. Please use this submission form? (fiche d’inscription concours).? You can download a poster (English, Fran?ais) here — please help us out and post one in your department. 2017 PEF ESSAY CONTEST RULES ELIGIBILE ENTRANTS Open to all […]

Another review of Economics for Everyone, 2nd ed.

Here’s another review of Jim Stanford’s Economics for Everyone, 2nd edition, this one by guest contributor and MMT aficionado Larry Kazdan. Review of Jim Stanford’s /Economics for Everyone by Larry Kazdan Jim Stanford has written a superb book which deserves pages of?admiration and praise – a truly impressive body of work that?introduces to the public […]

Summer reading! Review of Stanford’s second edition of Economics for Everyone

Looking for something?to take with you to the cottage, the beach or the cafe? ?Check out ?Jim Stanford’s 2nd edition of Economics for Everyone. ?Here’s a review by?Peter G. Prontzos?first published in the Vancouver Sun. Book review: A fresh look at the dismal science of economics Economics for Everyone:A Short Guide to the Economics of […]

Winner of the 2016 Galbraith Prize

The Progressive Economics Forum is pleased to announce Marjorie Griffith Cohen as the winner of the 2016 Galbraith Prize in Economics. Our selection committee included past winner Lars Osberg, Joan McFarland (St. Thomas University), Angella MacEwen (CLC), Fletcher Baragar (Manitoba) ?and David Pringle (PEF), and was chaired by Marc Lee (CCPA-BC). Marjorie has accepted the […]

2016 PEF Student Essay Contest: Deadline Extended

The 2016 Student Essay Contest deadline has been extended to Monday, May 9. Please use this submission form. You can download a poster (English, French) here ?please help us out and circulate the word to students. ====================== 2016 PEF ESSAY CONTEST RULES Deadline: 9 May, 2016 All entrants receive a complimentary 1-year membership in the […]

Missing in (debate) action: macroeconomic lessons from the Great Depression

This is a guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa. ——- Since the October 2008 federal election, Canadian politicians have been struggling to come to terms with what to all accounts has turned out to be a a€?litea€? version of the 1930s, whose major difference is that today we have […]

Rethinking Economics Waterloo Conference, Feb 7

Ali Kraushaar and ??Geoff Evamy Hill, co-founders of the Rethinking Economics Waterloo initiative, are organizing a conference to be held Feb 7. It looks good! ??See below. — We want to inform you about the??Rethinking Economics Waterloo Conference??happening at??St. Paul’s University College on Saturday, February 7. We invite you and all your members to be […]

(Macro) Econ 101

On December 2, Chris Ragan wrote a column for the Globe and Mail titled a€?Another (Macro) Defense of Econ 101.a€??? The link to his column is available here??. ??My brief reply??was??published in the Globe and Mail on December 13. ??The full version is below: Professor Ragan defends conventional (macro) Econ 101 as a pedagogical tool […]