Are Social Impact Bonds a good way to invest in public services?
"Imagine a contract where private investors are paid by the government if there's a decrease in homelessness or convicts re-offending. It's a an idea that's taking shape in the UK and some US states. And now the Canadian government is considering piloting social impact bonds. Critics say it's a way of governments shirking their responsibilities." CBC's "The Current" reports. [more inside]
lululemon athletica, the "yoga-inspired athletic apparel company
", has rapidly become a brand fixture in the Pacific Northwest since its founding by Chip Wilson
in 1998. Recently, a strange ode to Ayn Rand
appeared on their website, and a "Who Is John Galt?" advertising campaign has adorned company packaging
this November. Meanwhile, one of their employees has been convicted in the bizarre murder
of a co-worker, in which the employees of a neighbouring Apple Store ignored the victim's cries for help.
While Occupy Wall Street has captured the attention of major American politicians, its counterpart in Canada has been mainly a municipal headache. Despite inequality north of the border
rising at a comparable rate
, and similar political sentiments, most Canadians also believe the movement is ineffective
, though their hearts are in the right place
. As the movement slows
as winter weather sets in, cities are taking various measures to discourage the protests
, hoping a combination of inconvenience and weather will disperse the encampments. [more inside]
Have you ever wondered why you can't get what you want, but, if you try sometimes, etc.? Mark Hicken, a British Colombian lawyer, is a great source of information
on the state(s) of Canadian liquor regulations. Sure, a little localised and dry, but that's the terroir, man. Also, he does point out some inanities
that have a relatively universal appeal.
Some countries are shaped like their economic Phillips curve
. Japan bears a strong resemblance to its Phillips curve
. The Czech Republic does too
, a little. And Canada’s similarity to its Phillips curve it less obvious, but it’s still there
Alberta will face a disastrous competitive and economic disadvantage
if Canada signs the Kyoto accord. Meanwhile, this year has been one of the worst for smog in Toronto.
Some municipalities in Ontario are voluntarily looking towards alternate energy sources because they feel, in the long run the costs will be lower (lower health costs, avoiding higher fossil fuel costs, etc. - sorry, no link) What do you think? Is it possible to have economically viable alternative energy, and is the US setting a bad example for countries that feel they need to compete?
B.C.'s top commodity: marijuana
New police statistics suggest marijuana has become one of B.C.'s largest industries -- even bigger than logging -- with annual production valued at $6 billion.
...Imagine 6 billion in lost tax revenues...
Vote for Sweatshop Retailer of the Year As the Retail Council of Canada is poised to present its annual Retailer of the Year Award to another of their favourite corporations, the Maquila Solidarity Network is ready to follow suit with our second annual "Sweatshop Retailer of the Year Awards."
Categories include Sweatshop Retailer of the Year Award, Sweatshop Smokesceen Award and Sweatshop Transparency Award. Voting is open until June 17th.