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2013-01-16 12:24:17

TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - While critics have raised alarms about the rising cash holdings on corporate balance sheets, there are broader, long-term reasons for the move to cash that go far beyond a knee-jerk reaction by business to current economic uncertainty, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Not Dead Yet: The Changing Role of Cash on Corporate Balance Sheets," Finn Poschmann finds corporate cash holdings have increased in waves over the past...

2013-01-10 12:22:23

TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada should step up efforts to wrap up a trade deal this year with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), according to a report released by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "A Canada-CARICOM "Trade-not-Aid" Strategy: Important and Achievable," author Phil Rourke says a Canada-CARICOM trade deal could serve as a model for agreements with other low- and middle-income countries. "Canada's aggressive trade negotiation strategy needs to close some deals and divert...

2012-12-18 12:24:20

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Despite recent high-profile changes to the pension plans of federal public servants, uniformed personnel and MPs, a critical flaw remains: the contributions to these plans, even after the changes, come nowhere close to covering the rocketing cost of their promises. In "Ottawa's Pension Abyss: The Rapid Hidden Growth of Federal-Employee Retirement Liabilities," author William B.P. Robson finds  the accumulated unfunded liability of these plans, using...

2012-12-13 12:22:07

TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Ottawa must move carefully in deciding the best role for the Bank of Canada in preventing threats to financial stability, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Seeking Financial Stability: The Best Role for the Bank of Canada," former Bank of Canada Governor John Crow assesses how much of a role the Bank should play in this new policy front. Since the 2008/09 financial crisis, notes Crow, each G-20 country has had a...

2012-12-05 12:21:58

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario government underestimates its tax burden on new business investment because it measures that burden without taking provincial business property taxes into account, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Hiding in Plain Sight: The Harmful Impact of Provincial Business Property Taxes," Adam Found and Peter Tomlinson recommend that Ontario start including these taxes when it estimates its marginal effective tax rates...

2012-11-26 12:26:17

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - If Canada wants to benefit from Asia's long-term growth potential, there is no getting around the need to do business, carefully, with state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Speed Dating or Serious Courtship? Canada and Foreign State-Owned Enterprises," author Daniel Schwanen discusses how Canada can address concerns about the potential impacts of investment by foreign SOEs in Canadian...

2012-11-20 12:24:40

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Competition Bureau should actively engage in competition matters in regulated sectors of the economy, where anti-competitive conduct may be protected by government legislation or authority. This is the consensus view of the C.D. Howe Institute's Competition Policy Council, which held its fourth meeting on November 8, 2012. Members of the Council held that the Bureau should more clearly delineate the scope of anti-competitive practices that it sees...

2012-11-13 12:24:50

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - In neighbourhoods with falling student populations, policymakers should place a priority on closing middle schools and avoid opening new ones elsewhere, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Are Middle Schools Good for Student Academic Achievement? Evidence from Ontario," author David R. Johnson shows that middle school attendance increases the chance that students will fail provincially administered achievement tests,...

2012-11-08 12:24:52

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Innovative reforms are needed to prepare for the coming surge in demand for long-term care services from aging babyboomers, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Long-Term Care for the Elderly: Challenges and Policy Options," authors Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby recommend methods to fairly divide costs between care recipients and taxpayers, and to get more value for money. "Reforms should improve efficiency, by reducing...

2012-11-01 11:24:26

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - While Ottawa's proposed reforms to the pension plans of federal employees and MPs are a move in the right direction, the deep flaws in these plans require more fundamental revisions, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Federal Employee Pension Reforms: First Steps - on a Much Longer Journey," authors William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin argue that more sweeping reforms are needed to achieve better funding and a more...