Economics

Checking through my routine administrative emails today, I was completely surprised to see a message from president Meric Gertler announcing that U of T will divest from fossil fuels: The evidence of a climate crisis is now incontrovertible. The most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adds further urgency to the need […]

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Along with fellow NDP MPP Bhutila Karpoche, my former Member of the Provincial Parliament Jessica Bell is proposing a Rent Stabilization Act, which would stop landlords from raising rents between tenants. It would also establish a rent registry with the Landlord and Tenant Board. If passed, the law would help rationalize the incentives faced by […]

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These days many sources report that in-demand, rare, and marketable skills are the basis of personal financial security. Not great then that Canada’s former top bureaucrat recently remarked: “Anybody with a laptop and a Google account can be a policy analyst.”

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A very good blog post on what to expect from a PhD program (and especially what the university itself won’t tell you): So You Want To Go To Grad School (in the Academic Humanities)? Two paragraphs which are especially informative for people who don’t have recent personal experience in a PhD program: The most important […]

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Divest Harvard is announcing that the school has committed to divest. See also: President Bacow Reviews Harvard Climate Actions

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UBC professor Kathryn Harrison was interviewed by the CBC’s Front Burner: Where the major parties stand on climate change See also: Green platform promises big, largely uncosted social programs, end to fossil fuel industry Green Party releases platform with promises to cancel pipelines, boost carbon price Singh, Trudeau attack one another on climate plans as […]

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Based on my experience of Canadian environment ministers (whatever the department is called at a given time), there are essentially two types. The rarer type is the genuine environmentalist who thinks they can get things done through the compromises of government. They’re true believers on climate change but rarely have much support from cabinet or […]

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Back in 2012, Justin Trudeau said that “there’s not a country in the world that would find 170 billion barrels of oil under the ground and leave them there.” At an event in June organized by Bank of America, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman supposedly said: “We are still going to be the […]

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Canada is now promising the UN that it will cut greenhouse gas emissions to 40–45% below 2005 levels by 2030. The government says emissions are already set to fall from 729 million tonnes (MT) in 2018 (the last year with final figures) to 468 MT by 2030. Canada’s choice of a 2005 baseline sets it […]

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One of the revelations about fighting climate change that seems to have echoed broadly since 350.org started the fossil fuel divestment movement is the degree to which the industry can be suppressed by denying it access to financial services. That includes denying it the ability to borrow from banks and institutional investors, who are increasingly […]

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