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  • Canada’s Fossil-Fuelled Pensions June 22, 2018
    The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation is?the steward of BC’s public pensions, but bankrolls companies?whose current business models exceed the climate change targets agreed to in the Paris Agreement to which Canada is a signatory. The pensions of over 500,000 British Columbians and assets worth $135 billion are managed by the Corporation—-one of Canada's largest […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Imagine a Winnipeg...2018 Alternative Municipal Budget June 18, 2018
    Climate change; stagnant global economic growth; political polarization; growing inequality.? Our city finds itself dealing with all these issues, and more at once. The 2018 Alternative Municipal Budget (AMB) is a community response that shows how the city can deal with all these issues and balance the budget.
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Why would a boom town need charity? Inequities in Saskatchewan’s oil boom and bust May 23, 2018
    When we think of a “boomtown,” we often imagine a formerly sleepy rural town suddenly awash in wealth and economic expansion. It might surprise some to learn that for many municipalities in oil-producing regions in Saskatchewan, the costs of servicing the oil boom can outweigh the benefits. A Prairie Patchwork: Reliance on Oil Industry Philanthropy […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • What are Canada’s energy options in a carbon-constrained world? May 1, 2018
    Canada faces some very difficult choices in maintaining energy security while meeting emissions reduction targets.? A new?study by veteran earth scientist David Hughes—published through the Corporate Mapping Project, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute—is a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s energy systems in light of the need to maintain energy security and […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • The 2018 Living Wage for Metro Vancouver April 25, 2018
    The cost of raising a family in British Columbia increased slightly from 2017 to 2018. A $20.91 hourly wage is needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Metro Vancouver, up from $20.61 per hour in 2017?due to soaring housing costs.?This is the hourly wage that two working parents with two young children […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Galbraith Prize in Economics

At the 2006 PEF annual general meeting, the members decided to seek the development of a new Prize in Economics in honour of John Kenneth Galbraith, the great Canadian economist who had just passed away. Mario Seccaracia sought and received the approval of the Galbraith family from Jamie Galbraith, and Jamie joined us at the 2007 CEA meetings to inaugurate the Prize and deliver the first lecture. The first John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics was awarded in 2008 at the CEA meetings in Vancouver, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the PEF. It will be awarded every two years.

2016 Prize Winner, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Simon Fraser University

2014 Prize Winner, Lars Osberg, Dalhousie University

2012 Prize Winner: Mike McCracken, Informetrica

2010 Prize Winner: John Loxley, University of Manitoba

2008 Prize Co-Winners: Mel Watkins, University of Toronto (emeritus) and Kari Polanyi Levitt, McGill University (emeritus)

2007 Inaugural Lecture by James Galbraith: ?The Abiding Economics of John Kenneth Galbraith

JKG Prize Terms of Reference

The PEF’s 2007 AGM set out a Terms of Reference for the Galbraith Prize:

a) The JKG Prize and Lecture will be awarded every two years, with the first award in 2008. It will be presented as part of the annual Canadian Economics Association meetings.

b) The recipient of the Prize must deliver the Lecture (no lecture, no prize).

c) The Prize will be awarded based on a demonstrated contribution combining economic analysis with a commitment to social justice, whose work exemplifies the goals and objectives of the PEF.

d) A five-person Selection Committee will be appointed by the PEF Steering Committee to bring forward nominations in the year before the prize is awarded. The Selection Committee will have at a minimum one academic, one labour member, and one member from a community/social justice/environmental organization.

e) PEF members will have an opportunity to nominate candidates, but the award will be determined by the Selection Committee.

f) The PEF will award a $2,000 honourarium for the Prize and Lecture, and will cover travel and accommodation expenses for the recipient.