Monthly Archives: July 2012

Canadian oil and gas rolls on

Is Canada to be the world’s 3rd largest source of new oil and gas capacity and production between now and 2020? The first figure in this article shows this to be the case. I don’t know if it is news … Continue reading

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USA to levy tariffs on Chinese wind turbines

Up to 73%, but as low as 20%, depending on the company. ┬áThe Americans claim Chinese renewable energy products are sold at under market value, but I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean. Interestingly the move could bring Chinese … Continue reading

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What would higher minimum wages mean for students?

I was just thinking, perhaps a high minimum wage would cause many teenagers to work “too much” and study “too little.” That would be a potential negative effect. However, it would allow some to work less and get what they … Continue reading

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Why Harper should support higher provincial minimum wages

Through marginalrevolution, I came across an interesting piece on why Conservatives should support a higher minimum wage. If this is to be considered in relation to EI, it is worth noting that I generally view EI is an insurance payment … Continue reading

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Ontario, solar, and liberation from the grid

The question is: will Ontarian solar panel producers be able to compete with international imports under eventual transition away from subsidies? Some interesting examples of how they may try to do this can be seen through rugged and presumably high … Continue reading

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The cost of evaluating whether productivity tools are worth it

I was thinking I should invest some time to try some fancy translation software, so I can create different translation memories for different clients or for larger and long term projects. It’s expensive software, but it would save time and … Continue reading

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Why are so many journals gated?

Without a doubt the number one thing I miss about being a student is the lost access to a significant share of the most relevant research, due to losing my status as a student. If academic research is funded by … Continue reading

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It seems tough out there, especially when you lose track of historical perspective

There are plenty of reasons for youth to be dissatisfied about the state of things in the West these days: there are few jobs, fewer good jobs, public services appear to be on the decline (some cases of improved efficacy … Continue reading

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My new favourite browser feature

Did you know that you can program your computer to respond to a search query on a specific site without going to the search function on that site, and with no add-ons? It would be annoying if Google tried to … Continue reading

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Deregulation, firm size and number, and wages and employment among incumbent firms

If pot were legalized, I wonder what this would do to firm size and number among illegal operators. Could some cartels collapse? Would the level or direction of change of wages and/or employment and/or economic activity that form the economic … Continue reading

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