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Armine Yalnizyan | The care economy could power a better life, not just a bigger economy, if we address issues revealed by the pandemic.
News
Health-care workers in South Africa receive COVID-19 vaccine, February 2021. Image credit: GovernmentZA/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | A new report looking at the inequitable worldwide distribution of vaccines points its finger at Canada as typical of "unseemly and unfair vaccine grabs" by wealthy countries.
Columnists
Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister McKenna and Michael Sabia make an announcement on infrastructure funding, October 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Linda McQuaig | Governments are generally secretive about giving handouts to business, but the Trudeau government has come up with a particularly sneaky way to offer corporate welfare.
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Economist Armine Yalnizyan. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the attention devoted to young men's unemployment, issues surrounding women's employment rates attract hostility from the UCP and inattention from media.
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Penney Kome | Consumers and investors have a new reporting framework that uses environmental, social, and governance standards to measure corporations.
Columnists
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Duncan Cameron | A new report from the UN Environment Programme identifies climate, biodiversity and pollution as "the three interconnected planetary crises facing humanity."
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David J. Climenhaga | In the 2021 Alberta budget, the University of Alberta's grant has been slashed by 11 per cent, or $60.1 million. Also: another tiki-torch march; former MLA Janice Sarich remembered.
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Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews reads his budget speech in a COVID-19-safe Legislature as Premier Jason Kenney looks on. Image credit: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr - Photograph by EPIC Photography/Legislative Assembly Office
David Climenhaga | If you want to know how quickly front-line pandemic heroes turn into back-of-the-line zeroes in Jason Kenney's Alberta, the answers are in Thursday's provincial budget.
Book Review
Image: "Dead Epidemiologists" front cover
Raluca Bejan | "Dead Epidemiologists" argues that we need to be less concerned with whether Wuhan's wet market was the origin of COVID-19 and instead focus our attention on the structural causes of disease.
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A fine pair of cowboy boots like these, hand-made in Alberta, can be hell to break in, but it's worth the effort, especially if you're a finance minister. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The more likely explanation is hubris, incompetence, and an ideology that clearly doesn't work. Still, it wouldn't be the worst thing if finance ministers got the idea they'd better buy new shoes.
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David Suzuki | Destroying nature is more profitable than protecting it, and tools such as gross domestic product are not fit for assessing real economic health. GDP is "based on a faulty application of economics."
Podcast
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Marc Belanger, RadioLabour | The top 1 per cent of wealthy people in Canada own about 25 per cent of all the wealth in the country. Unions and the Broadbent Institute are calling for Canada's wealthy to pay their fair share.