Canadian companies have been content with raking in profits from commodities and other less creative activities, rather than pro-actively embracing innovation as a business strategy.
With the world economy in a slump, now is the time to mandate Net neutrality and open access, and to replicate municipal ISP models that work in cities and towns across Canada.
Bruce Alexander writes about the globalization of addiction, but uses Vancouver as a prototype and case study to explore solutions for civic dislocation and addiction.
Is it possible that the GM bail-out is a case of real-life experience that has gone so far off the rails that it's actually nudging us toward an entirely new paradigm?
Despite a decade of huge budget surpluses, neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives invested in our public services, which would have distributed benefits far more widely than tax cuts.
If it were enough to look ahead, and recognize the next occasion to reach out, and build support, politics would be a manageable activity. But more is required of our leaders than being good managers.
The $50 billion shortfall is a godsend for neo-cons like Jim Flaherty: a useful crisis that will provide the rationale for huge spending cuts.
The current economic crisis raises two questions. What went wrong? What can be done about it? There is a facile answer to the first question. Capitalism is crisis prone.
Whether we have hit bottom or not, the employment numbers suggest that resilient Canadians, despite the odds, are somehow managing to grow a new economy from the bottom up.
The Ontario and Canadian governments are putting the squeeze on retired autoworkers. Call it General Motors decides on our behalf.