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Canada and the Recession

Brian Mann travels in Ontario, comparing and contrasting that province's economy during the recession with conditions here at home. This series was created in partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago.
 

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The North Country, it goes without saying, was created by immigrants — and not so long ago. From Lyon Mountain to Tupper Lake, people from far-flung lands dug in, got to work, and built things. The last half-century, though, the number of...
One of the behind-the-scenes realities of Canada’s economic success through the Great Recession is that much of it is buoyed by government stimulus spending. Since the recession began, public sector debt north of the border has spiked 38%....
Heads-up on two pieces coming tomorrow during the 8 O’clock Hour. Brian Mann and I continue our conversation about how Canada’s border communities have fared — better — than their counterparts here south of the line....
Monday afternoon on the streets of Toronto, I spent a couple of hours talking to workers — people, in other words — about their lives in a troubled economy. Three take-aways struck me: First, at street level in Canada, a lot of folks...
This week I’ll be traveling in Canada, talking with experts, business owners, and workers about the surprisingly strong recovery that Canada has experienced following the Great Recession. Over the last five years, Ontario and Quebec have...


Is Kingston, Ontario's economy a model for North Country prosperity? Photo: Brian Mann
Is Kingston, Ontario's economy a model for North Country prosperity? Photo: Brian Mann

Does Canada's economy offer clues, ideas that could help the North Country?

This week we'll be looking in-depth at the very different ways that the recession has hit Canada. Over the last three years, communities and workers north of the border have fared much better than their counterparts here in the North Country.

Unemployment on the Canadian side of the lakes is far lower -- around 8% in Ontario and 7.7% in Quebec. In fact, through the Great Recession, Ontario and Quebec have actually grown jobs. And workers in those provinces who lose their positions can expect to be out of work for only half as long before they find a new job, when compared with workers in the US.

In a partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann is traveling in Canada, talking with experts and workers. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Are cities like Toronto healthier than US cities because of the social safety net?  (Photo:  Brian Mann)

Is a strong social safety net helping boost Canada's economy?

This week, as part of a partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann is traveling in Ontario, talking about the very different impact of the recession north of the border. It turns out, workers living just a few miles away, in Canada, have experienced the economic downturn very differently than workers here.

While American cities along the Great Lakes like Buffalo and Rochester struggle and lose population, Toronto and Montreal are growing. They've even added jobs through the recession. Workers who do lose their jobs in Canada have a much more comprehensive social safety net and that may be helping to stabilize and boost the country's overall economy. Brian Mann speaks with Martha Foley from Toronto.  Go to full article
How much of Canada's vitality is driven by borrowing and government stimulus?  (Photo:  Brian Mann)

Canada boosts recession-era prosperity with government jobs, new borrowing

This week, we're looking at the very different way that Canada has experienced the Great Recession, when compared to the North Country. In partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann has been traveling this week in Ontario, comparing the situation in the US with life on the ground in Canada.

One of the biggest differences he's been finding is in government. This week, the New York Times reported that deep cuts have hit the public sector here in the US. But those same deep government cuts haven't occurred (at least not yet) north of the border.

Brian talked about the role government jobs have played in Canada, contrasted with the downsizing that has swept the US.  Go to full article
Ibrahim Absiye, a refugee from Somalia, runs an immigrant service program in Toronto. Photos:  Brian Mann

Canada puts immigration at the center of its economic policy

Here in the North Country and across much of Upstate New York, population growth and economic development have been anemic for decades. But just north of the border, Canadian...  Go to full article
Should America be listening to Stephen Harper?

Canada is an idea factory for good government, but few Americans listening

This week, in partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann has been traveling in Ontario, comparing and contrasting that province's economy during the recession...  Go to full article

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