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2013-11-06 12:25:02

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - After several years of relatively robust performance, Canada is lagging its peers in business investment growth, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe institute. In "Equipping Canadian Workers: Business Investment Loses a Step against Competitors Abroad," authors Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson find 2013 growth in new private-sector plant and equipment spending per worker in Canada seems likely to lag investment abroad, with strength in...

2013-10-30 12:24:28

Report of the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Supreme Court will rule on Thursday, October 31, in landmark Competition Act decisions, Pro-Sys v. Microsoft, Sun-Rype v. Archer Daniels Midland, and Infineon Technologies AG et autres c. Option Consommateurs et autres. The key question before the Court is, when anticompetitive cartel behaviour is alleged in class action proceedings, should indirect purchasers, such as retailers and end...

2013-10-17 16:23:31

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) today recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate the Bank targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on October 23, 2013. The Council further called for the Bank to hold the target at 1.00 through to early 2014, before raising it to 1.25 percent by October 2014. The MPC is a panel sponsored by...

2013-10-02 12:25:18

TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - British Columbia leads the provinces in educational outcomes for young Aboriginal adults, while Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta lag badly, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Why is BC Best? The Role of Provincial and Reserve School Systems in Explaining Aboriginal Student Performance," author John Richards finds that innovative approaches in BC help account for much better high-school completion rates for...

2013-09-24 16:23:49

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Demographic forces are helping drive up the Canadian workforce's reported absence rates owing to illness, according to a study released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Absent With Leave: The Implications of Demographic Change for Worker Absenteeism," authors Finn Poschmann and Omar Chatur find, over the long term, absence rates have climbed, identify potential causes and recommend steps to address this challenge to productivity. "Over the...

2013-09-18 12:27:49

TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's power sector needs an overhaul to address a long list of inefficiencies, and rising consumer prices, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "A New Blueprint for Ontario's Electricity Market," author A.J. Goulding presents a blueprint for an electricity market that would be responsive to price signals, reform the role of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), and would operate free from ministerial meddling. "An...

2013-09-12 12:25:46

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The costs of public sector investments in infrastructure projects are underestimated and should include the risks to taxpayers who backstop them, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In " The Valuation of Public Projects: Risks, Cost of Financing and Cost of Capital," authors Marcel Boyer, Eric Gravel and Sandy Mokbel find current evaluations of public projects suffer from serious flaws, exposing taxpayers to...

2013-08-29 16:23:18

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) today recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate the Bank targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on September 4, 2013. The Council further called for the Bank to hold the target at 1.00 through to early 2014, before raising it to 1.25 percent by September 2014. The MPC is a panel...

2013-08-15 12:24:44

TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's potential trade deal with the European Union, if it is ambitious, could generate far more opportunities than risks, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute.  In "Uneasy Birth: What Canadians Should Expect from a Canada-EU Trade Deal," author Daniel Schwanen outlines what would be a good deal for Canada, and suggests how negotiators can address the potentially negative impacts identified by critics. He also sets the issue in...

2013-08-09 12:21:42

OTTAWA, Aug. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is dismayed the C.D. Howe Institute's e-brief on postal reform offers only tired ideas for Canada Post that would result in service cutbacks. Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President asks, "Why doesn't it occur to this prominent private-sector-oriented think-tank that Canada Post should raise new revenue? Other postal administrations are bringing in expanded services, and staying viable by doing so. Why is the C.D....