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“E” vs “SG” in ethical investing: how sustainable is mollification-by-cherrypicking

In the great game of whack-a-mole that is capital raising in Canada’s oil patch, it must be frustrating, for those whose full-time job when there isn’t a global pandemic is whacking the moles of ESG criteria on which they feel their companies may be vulnerable to criticism and hence subject to ...

The Work and the Future Podcast Trailer!

Ready or not, the world of work is changing. And, whoever you are, you need to figure out your place in the future of work. We need to re-imagine everything. Who are the workers that will be in demand in the future? Will robots take our jobs or become our trusted co-workers? Should companies let wo ...

Episode 2: How Is the Pandemic Changing the Race to Automate?

  All of a sudden, front line workers are being treated as the heroes of this pandemic and that is only fair. Bus drivers, grocery workers, cleaners, meat plant employees – all of these people jobs that need doing and they put themselves at risk in the process. In acknowledgement of that, many e ...

Episode 4: The Lights are Out in the Travel Sector – Will They Ever Go Back On?

Many sectors have been impacted by the pandemic, but none more completely than the travel sector. One week is was functioning at full capacity, and then the next the lights had completely gone out, or so it seems. When they go back on, they will shine on a completely different sector, one is which ...

Episode 5: Remote Work Is Having Its Fifteen Minutes – Or Will it Be a Lot Longer?

  Remote work is having a minute, or rather a series of them.  Some companies have used it for years, some have been adamantly against it, but both kinds are being forced into it at the moment. As the pandemic forces millions to figure out some kind of home office set up (the kitchen table works ...

One Lesson from the Pandemic: Canada Needs to Rebuild Manufacturing

One of the by-products of the global COVID 19 pandemic is that all of a sudden people are paying attention to where things are actually manufactured. On Monday morning April 13, the lead headline on the CBC website was “Canada building its own PPE supply chain…in China”.  As the Toronto Sta ...

Economy and climate need more than stimulus after COVID-19

Media reports say climate change mitigation will play a prominent role in the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the federal government planning to invest in the environment as part of its stimulus spending. Stimulus is a concept associated with John Maynard Keynes, calling for public spending to ki ...

The political economy of Covid 19 in the early 21st century

The covid pandemic has had already a very significant impact beginning with the tragic death of over 100,000 people in North America alone. 6545 in Canada, 7633 in Mexico and a staggering 99,459 in the United States. World wide the total number of deaths is 347,873.As the New York Times Sunday edit ...

April 2, 2020

It was a good day for oil: Canada’s main stock index rose on Thursday, led by energy shares as crude prices posted their biggest-one day gains on record on Thursday. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite index finished unofficially up 221.39 points, or 1.72%, at 13,097.76. Nine of the ...

What could short-term volatility mean for long-term investors?

Markets are continuing to be highly volatile – and the past two weeks have seen historic gains and losses. While I prefer to evaluate performance over longer periods, it’s understandable that investors are especially interested in the market’s daily fluctuations. Here’s what I’ll be watch ...