China Brief | Edition 07

Edition 07: How the heating-up China-U.S. trade war could impact Canada, a look at what Destination Canada achieved on its mission to China, and why the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is going to invest in China’s rental housing sector. Read more… Quote of the week “Yes, the U.S. far surpasses China in terms of its

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China Brief | Edition 6

Edition 6: How a mountain of plastic is causing a major recycling headache, the rise of a robot farm, China’s fading soccer dreams and why we’re finally calling it a U.S.-China trade war. Read more… Quote of the week (in honour of the World Cup) “China’s soccer troubles are a case study in the limits

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China Brief | Edition 05

Edition 05: What the heat-up in the China-U.S. trade dispute could mean for Canada, how Chinese recycling restrictions continue to impact Canadian communities, and how the future of Chinese agriculture may be in self-driving combines. Read more… Quote of the week: “But always in the background [this week] was China – its growing power in

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PODCAST | What the West? 012: Talking about talking about carbon taxes

In this episode, we’re talking about talking about carbon taxes. What do people know about carbon taxes? What do they think about them? What is it like talking about them across the political divide? Host Nick Martin talks with Mark Cameron from Canadians for Clean Prosperity, former policy director for Prime Minister Harper and a

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PODCAST | What the West? 011: Come for the budgets, stay for the rap

Brace yourself – it’s budget season. Here in the West, which province actually balanced its books? Where is the debt-to-GDP ratio highest? Who is lighting up the ledgers with legal pot sales? And about that carbon tax… In this episode, we dive into the provincial budgets of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. And, spoiler alert,

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BLOG | Setting it straight on carbon taxes

A recent opinion column on carbon taxes published by the CBC initially left me, and I suspect many others, somewhat confused. There are a number of dubious claims, and I hope this response can clear some of them up. A major point of the article is that Canada’s carbon taxes will not actually reduce emissions

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