I recently posted a piece I did for CCPA’s The Monitor recommending five readings on big change. Here I will try to distill some of what I gleaned about what it might take. Know the barriers: Big change is hard so it makes good sense to know the obstacles and have strategies for overcoming them. … Continue reading


Big change is hard though of course big change is just what’s needed. The experts warn and our leaders confirm that we are in the midst of a climate emergency, an existential threat. Every day we see too many vivid and horrifying examples of the tragic costs of colonialism to treat the need for decolonization … Continue reading

Investing in Care, Not Profit

Central to building the care economy is reversing our dependence on for profit delivery. Here is a position paper by a number of colleagues and I on addressing the tragedy of long term care.

What would a transformational budget look like?

Reactions to this week’s federal budget have been all over the map. Is it too much, too little? Is it the shock the country needs or a missed opportunity to set a new course? As expected, a number of headlines are preoccupied with the numbers – spending, deficits, debt – and compared to the constrained … Continue reading

The Case for Deficits and Higher Taxes

Rather than wringing our hands about if and when the federal government plans to balance the budget or about the lack of a fiscal anchor to discipline federal spending, we should take the opportunity to assess the costs of decades of austerity and have the long overdue debate about the role of debt and taxes … Continue reading

A Cure for Deficit and Tax Phobia

It started as a FB post, morphed into this CCPA blog, and who knows what’s next: the case for an approach to public finance that enables the level of ambition these times require: The upcoming federal budget is likely to set the terms of the next federal election.  The deficit hawks who had been quiet … Continue reading

Don’t Panic: Debt Can Build a Better World

This is an updated version of an article that first appeared in Alberta Views (December issue). COVID-19, this microscopic bug, seems to have upended just about everything. History provides no perfect analogy for what has turned out to be a global health, social and economic catastrophe. Not since the Depression have we experienced such a … Continue reading

Review of Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots

Hugh Segal has written an engaging personal and political memoir and plea for basic income. Here’s my review in Alberta Views.