Gap between dividends and operating surpluses sign of financialization of Canadian economy

Traditionally dividends and company profits were linked. An increase in dividends wouldn't occur, unless profits increased.

A recent examination of Statistics Canada data by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows this has changed. Data from Statistics Canada showed that when the recession hit in 2008, dividends skyrocketed while operating profits dropped.

More evidence of problems with Temporary Foreign Worker Program

A Calgary Herald article revealed more problems with how the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is operating. Access to information requests revealed that many companies are being allowed to only pay temporary foreign workers minimum wage. This contradicts a requirement of the program that workers be paid at or near market rates.

Social services a step towards good jobs

A recent video on the work of the Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre shows how getting access to quality social services is an essential first step to finding work for many people.

U.S. report finds making manufacturing more energy efficient could save $47 billion a year

A report from the U.S. BlueGreen Alliance is calling for measures to improve energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector. These would help achieve the benefits identified in a 2009 report from McKinsey and Company that found improved energy efficiency would reduce energy consumption by 21% and save U.S.

With energy strategy it would be easier to resolve questions about the Energy East Pipeline

In addition to concerns about the environmental impact, questions are being raised about whether the economic impact of the Energy East plan to convert a natural gas pipeline to carry oil will be positive.

Study confirms link between Saskatchewan employment growth and commodity prices

A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of employment growth in Saskatchewan confirmed that the key factor was commodity prices.

This is a reminder of why many are concerned about Canada becoming overly reliant on the natural resource sector.

Report calls on Alberta government to avoid another bitumen bubble

A recent report from the Parkland Institute calls on the Alberta government to take steps to prevent another bitumen bubble from occurring.

The report points out that during the 2005-2008 boom, most Albertans were worse-off. People were working longer without seeing a significant improvement in income, public services were struggling to cope and homelessness increased.

Green energy subsidies reduce imbalance

In addition to helping develop new technologies subsidies, for green energy are helping offset the fact non-renewable energy is effectively subsidized, according to an article by a Harvard political economy professor, Dani Rodrik.

Possible role of pesticides in honey bee deaths reminder of need to consider full impact of decisions

Over the last three years Canada has lost 35% of its honey bee colonies. Other countries are experiencing similar problems.

The losses being experienced by honey bee farmers will not just be felt by honey producers. It's estimated that one-third of all food we eat depends on bees and other pollinators to mature.

Stagnant incomes confirm most families not seeing recovery

Recently released Statistics Canada data shows that the median income for families and individuals  barely changed between 2010 and 2011. The data also showed that between 2007 and 2011, the after-tax income has increased by only 1.9% ‒ or less than 0.5% a year.

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