Corporations and corporate power

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In the Fall 2016 Monitor, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives  (CCPA)Saskatewan’s Simon Enoch penned Getting to Know Brad, introducing Canada’s most popular premier – Brad Wall - to the country. He ran down Wall’s list of “accomplishments”. What made Simon’s analysis so interesting (and at the same time, disheartening) was how Wall has rolled out such a regressive agenda while remaining so popular.  He noted that the rest of Canada needed to pay attention to Wall as he was beta-testing a number of conservative policy experiments that we could see replicated elsewhere.
The news that Manitoba Hydro will shed 900 employees hit the community like a tonne of bricks. The new government said cutbacks were coming, but 900 is a staggering number; 15 percent of Hydro’s workforce. Not only is this a tragedy for the workers and their families, it is a real blow to our economy. It is unclear how this will impact hydro services we rely on.
TORONTO – Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs have set a new record: their total compensation in 2015 hit a new high at $9.5 million, on average, according to a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report. The report shows Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs on the TSX index now make 193 times more than someone earning an average wage. “Although public outrage over exorbitantly high CEO pay continues unabated, especially since the Great Recession of 2008-09, CEO pay in Canada takes a licking and keeps on ticking,” says economist Hugh Mackenzie.
By 11:47am today, just before most Canadians are starting their lunch break on the first official work day of the year, Canada’s highest paid CEOs will have already pocketed $49,510. It takes the average worker an entire year, working full-time to make that amount. And not much has changed over the past 10 years. Despite public outrage over exorbitantly high compensation packages, CEO pay has continued unabated, weathering all kinds of economic storms, and soaring to new highs.
The CCPA has been tracking CEO pay in Canada for 10 years, and in that time we've found that little has changed. Despite public outrage over exorbitantly high compensation packages, CEO pay has continued unabated, weathering all kinds of economic storms, and soaring to new highs.
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 6, 2016 Those of us who were hoping that the Throne Speech would have details about a strategy for Manitoba’s North were disappointed.   There seems to be a deliberate effort to not mention the Port of Churchill or the Hudson Bay Rail Line in any mention of the North. The absence is odd given the necessity of both for the regional economy and in the case of Churchill’s deep-water port, Arctic sovereignty.
Vancouver – Today’s federal government decision to approve the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline expansion while not unexpected is extremely short-sighted, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office. “By approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has disappointed a generation and betrayed the rights and title of Indigenous people,” said Shannon Daub, Associate Director of the CCPA-BC Office and co-Director of the Corporate Mapping Project.
Military responds to mining protest in Peru. (Photo by Thomas Quirynen and Marijke Deleu, CATAPA)
Photo credit: Communications Workers of America
La présente étude se concentre sur l’ascension des nouveaux médias, en contexte de déréglementation et de sous-taxation, entre le milieu et la fin des années 2000. Les services médiatiques sur Internet, et en particulier des services de télévision par contournement (TPC) tels que Netflix et YouTube, qui n’ont pas de présence physique au Canada, profitent d'un avantage inéquitable sur les nouveaux services en ligne canadiens, puisqu’ils n’ont pas l’obligation de percevoir les taxes sur la valeur ajoutée et ne paient pas d’impôt sur le revenu au Canada. Le Canada perd des centaines de million