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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. In the Talking Points podcast, we discuss major policy and economics questions facing Canada today with CCPA economists and researchers, policy-makers, friends in the labour and social justice movement, and others.

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. In the Talking Points podcast, we discuss major policy and economics questions facing Canada today with CCPA economists and researchers, policy-makers, friends in the labour and social justice movement, and others.

    2019 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture with David Green

    2019 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture with David Green

    On October 3, 2019, the CCPA-BC and UBC's Vancouver School of Economics were pleased to present the 2019 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture.

    In an era of high inequality, continuing poverty, homelessness and housing issues, and concerns about the impact of new technologies on work, there is an appetite for considering radical policy shifts. In that context, a basic income has received a lot of attention across the policy discussion spectrum. It has been promoted as a policy tool that can help eliminate poverty, and which can also play a central role in restructuring society and the role of labour within it.

    The question this lecture considers is, “Is it the right policy for BC now?”

    David Green—a member of the BC government’s panel looking into a basic income—provides background on trends in the economy that are related to the call for a basic income, and describes the different forms a basic income could take, specify potential goals for it, and describe some of the cost and other practicalities. Following David’s talk members of different local communities share what a basic income in BC could mean — both its potential and its problems.

    Participants include:
    - Margot Young (Allard School of Law at UBC)
    - Chuka Ejeckam (BC Federation of Labour)
    - Trish Garner (BC Poverty Coalition)

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Talking Points - Episode 5: Climate Breakdown

    Talking Points - Episode 5: Climate Breakdown

    Canada, and the rest of the world, is facing a climate crisis. Ahead of Canada's next federal election, Erika Shaker sits down with Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood to discuss carbon tax, just transition, and how we as a nation can address our emissions and help other countries meet their targets.

    • 27 min
    Talking Points - Episode 4 - Digging for Dividends

    Talking Points - Episode 4 - Digging for Dividends

    Learn about the secret weapon Canadian mining companies are using to extract money from developing countries when environmental measures, Indigenous rights and community resistance create democratic roadblocks to their extracting oil, gas and minerals.

    Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is an increasingly controversial but still overlooked part of Canada's free trade agenda. The Trudeau government has pulled NAFTA's ISDS system out of the new deal with Trump, the USMCA, because of its negative impact on democracy. But Canada continues to maintain the corporate-biased arbitration system in dozens of trade and investment treaties with developing countries where, we must conclude, democratic institutions and environmental stewardship are seen as a nuisance.

    CCPA Monitor editor Stuart Trew interviews CCPA researcher Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Mining Watch Canada campaigner Kirsten Francescone and Corporate Europe Observatory campaigner/researcher Pia Eberhardt about their recent work on ISDS and the prospects for eliminating it globally.

    • 44 min
    Talking Points - Episode 3: The Winnipeg General Strike, 100 Years Later

    Talking Points - Episode 3: The Winnipeg General Strike, 100 Years Later

    CCPA Monitor editor Stuart Trew speaks to Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, about the events and legacy of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, and the importance of direct action, within and beyond the labour movement, to achieving social justice goals in a new era of retrenching worker rights, intensifying inequality and consolidating corporate power over the democratic process.

    Read more about the strike and direct action from 1919 to today, check out the March-April 2019 issue of the Monitor: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/monitor-marchapril-2019.

    • 33 min
    Talking Points Episode 2: Countdown to cannabis capitalism

    Talking Points Episode 2: Countdown to cannabis capitalism

    With just a matter of days until marijuana legalization legislation comes into force in Canada, the CCPA Talking Points podcast asks activists and legal experts about what’s ahead, and who’s left behind, in the new world of cannabis capitalism.

    • 42 min
    Talking Points Episode 1: Fair taxation and fair trade

    Talking Points Episode 1: Fair taxation and fair trade

    In this first episode of the CCPA's rebooted podcast, hosts Alyssa O'Dell and Stuart Trew talk to CCPA economist David Macdonald about the Liberal government's proposals for closing costly tax loopholes, and Melinda St. Louis from Public Citizen about this week's NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa.

    • 23 min

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