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Can we stop subsidizing executive stock options and enriching the rich?

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If you're a top executive at a major corporation, no need to read further; you'll know all this.

But if you're an ordinary person, you may not. You've probably heard of "executive stock options" -- a perk that allows corporate executives a special deal on purchasing the company's stocks.

And you may suspect that these stock options are connected to the rampant greed and corruption that have plagued the corporate world in recent years. If so, you'd be right.

Even leading business thinkers agree.

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From the grid to energy democracy: Making the renewables transition

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When Naomi Klein spoke about her book This Changes Everything at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in September 2014, she was asked if she agrees with James Hansen's support for nuclear power. She began by crediting Dr. Hansen -- a scientist who worked for decades at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- with doing more than anyone else to alert the public to the dangers of climate change. 

Klein then added that she does not agree with Hansen that nuclear power is part of the solution:

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Bradley Pierik on wealth, water and the marketplace

April 22, 2015
| Today we talk about water, social enterprise and rational optimism. Bradley tells us about his passion for clean water and why he believes that more equality is fundamentally a good thing.
Length: 45:20 minutes (51.9 MB)
| March 31, 2015
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No moving up: Time to recreate the American dream

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Robert Putnam thinks the USA can be fixed. His book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, released this week, offers a diagnosis of what has gone wrong in his homeland. He wants Democrats and Republicans alike to respond.

Equality of opportunity is supposed to be there for all, so Americans can rise above the station of their parents. It happened to Putnam and many of his high school classmates in Port Clinton, Ohio. It is not happening today in Ohio, or Michigan, or elsewhere in America.

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Off with their heads! Exposing the new feudalism

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Editor's note: This piece contains explicit descriptions which may be upsetting for some readers.

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| February 9, 2015

How many Canadians don't feel financially secure? A lot.

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Hennessy's Index looks at appeal of middle-class economics at a time when 90 per cent of Canadians don't feel financially secure.

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A number is never just a number: The appeal of middle-class economics

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52%

Percentage of Canadians who self-identify as middle class when asked to describe their "social and financial place in society," according to a November 2014 Pollara poll.

73%

Percentage of Quebecers who said they were middle class -- the province most likely to do so, followed by Alberta (57%), the Prairies (47%), B.C. (46%), Atlantic provinces (44%), and Ontario (43%).

57%

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| January 30, 2015
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