Human capital is key to building a successful economy

Canada’s economy has transitioned from the resources under our feet to the resources between our ears

Human capital is key to building a successful economyThe first month of a new year is named January after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces – one looking backward and the other looking forward. Janus illustrates humanity’s ambition that the first month of the new year is a time to take stock of the past and make plans for the future.…

Exploiting workers is a dark and lonely path to wealth

Many powerful people have become rich by exploiting workers

Exploiting workers is a dark and lonely path to wealthMany people seem to have forgotten a basic principle of life. Broadcaster and writer Earl Nightingale called it “the law of mutual exchange.” He explained further: “We’ve got to be of service before we can expect money.” Many powerful people over the last several centuries have acted as though this principle didn’t apply to them.…

Ontario’s minimum wage fails on all fronts

Ever-higher minimum wages are pricing more people out of the job market and reducing economic opportunity

Ontario’s minimum wage fails on all frontsMinimum wages are on the rise again in Ontario. As of Oct. 1, the province’s incessant central planners have not one but six higher price controls for labour. These hurt the most vulnerable Canadians and do the bidding of unions. However, vociferous proponents delude themselves into thinking they have the moral high ground and are…

Solving poverty needs all hands on deck, advocates say

Creating a more inclusive economy

Solving poverty needs all hands on deck, advocates saySolving poverty in our communities goes far beyond charities and social agencies. Graduates with business, civic planning, arts and other backgrounds have just as much to contribute as social workers, according to University of Alberta poverty researcher Maria Mayan. “We have great young thinkers within our university who want to make a difference in the world…

U of A graduates rank among most employable in the world

Strong partnerships with employers help bring U of A into top 100 globally, top five in Canada

U of A graduates rank among most employable in the worldThe University of Alberta is ranked among the top 100 post-secondary institutions in the world and top five in Canada when it comes to preparing students for the workforce, according to the latest global ranking of graduate employability. The U of A is listed as 99th globally, 35th in North America and fifth nationally according…

Don’t blame the food industry labour shortage on COVID-19 alone

We need more economic participation and educators need to value the food industry as a viable career path

Don’t blame the food industry labour shortage on COVID-19 alone“We’re hiring” signs are everywhere, particularly in the food industry. Some people blame overly-generous employment insurance programs that keep many highly capable individuals in their homes. Others point to a younger generation not willing to work, or they blame a fear of COVID-19. Rumours of ageism have also emerged to explain why we’re seeing more…

Canada’s food security depends on significant policy shifts

Food manufacturing lacks investment, suffers from thin margins, faces additional grocers’ fees and must deal with aging facilities

Canada’s food security depends on significant policy shiftsBy Sylvain Charlebois and Amy Hill Dalhousie University Canadian food and beverage manufacturing plays a key role in supporting farmers and the rest of the food supply chain. The second largest manufacturing sector, food and beverage, contributed $26.5 billion to Canadian gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020. Just 10 manufacturing sectors –  including food manufacturing…

Investing in human capital will pay huge dividends

Investing in human capital will pay huge dividendsHuman capital enables us to develop or make use of all other forms of capital. There are several kinds of capital. Mentioned most often are investments in buildings, machinery, equipment and infrastructure that enable us to be productive, and the financial assets that represent them. Natural capital is now getting more attention – that’s the…

Women still facing barriers to careers in skilled trades

Why is change so slow?

Women still facing barriers to careers in skilled tradesWhy on Earth has Canada not been able to change the number of women entering and progressing in skilled trades careers or associated apprenticeship programs? We’ve been talking about this subject for too long. For many women who trailblazed and pushed their way into skilled trades jobs over the last decades, it must feel exhausting.…
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