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World Outlook Economic Forecast: Summer 2017

This quarterly examination of the short-term economic outlook for the world’s major economies also contains an in-depth analysis of a number of issues that are relevant for understanding world economic trends and developments. ... Read More

Despite Rebounding Oil Royalties, Balanced Budget Out of Reach for Alberta

Ottawa, July 26, 2017— A slow rebound in royalties and corporate tax revenues will help shrink Alberta’s deficit over the coming years. But the process will be slow and the deficit is expected to remain around $6.8 billion by 2019-20.... Read More

Social Outcomes in Canada’s Territories Fall Behind National Average

Ottawa, July 26, 2017—The territories generally fall behind the Canadian average on a number of measures of equity and social cohesion, yet outperform the rest of the country in some areas, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada... Read More

Alberta Fiscal Snapshot: Summer 2017

This “fiscal snapshot” looks at the state of Alberta’s economy and its government’s fiscal challenges, and provides a short- and medium-term outlook for the province. ... Read More

Obstacles to business investment in Ontario—uncompetitive tax rates

Authors: Ben EisenDavid Watson ... Read More

Debt becoming the new normal in Alberta

The Notley government forecasts it will add $13.6 billion in debt this year. Read more about Debt becoming the new normal in Alberta ... Read More

Metropolitan Resale Snapshot: July 2017

The monthly Metropolitan Resale Snapshot provides an overview of the existing home market and expectations for existing home price growth over the short term for 28 areas. ... Read More

DESA Issues Compendium on Institutional Arrangements for SDGs

The UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management in DESA has issued a pilot version of a compendium that takes stock of institutional arrangements adopted by the 22 UN Member States that presented their reviews of progress on SDG... Read More

Mid-Sized Cities Outlook: Economic Insights Into Select Canadian Cities—2017

Recognizing the valuable role that Canada’s mid-sized cities play as regional hubs and economic engines in their respective areas, Mid-Sized Cities Outlook 2017provides a snapshot of these cities’ economic situation and performance over the past decade, as well as a... Read More

The Economic Effects of Banning Temporary Replacement Workers

Authors: Charles LammamHugh MacIntyre British Columbia and Quebec are the only two provinces in Canada that ban the hiring of temporary workers to replace existing employees who are participating in a labour strike or lockout. Although no other Canadian jurisdiction... Read More

Event: 27th UN-Water Meeting

The 27th UN-Water Meeting will take place from 25-26 August 2017, at the City Conference Center in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting gathers UN-Water members and partners to discuss issues related to UN-Water, and is taking place prior to the annual World... Read More

Canadian Industrial Outlook: Telecommunications—Spring 2017

This report examines the short-and medium-term economic and profitability outlook for Canada’s telecommunications industry. ... Read More

Survey of Forecasters: Summer 2017

This quarterly survey reflects the opinions of Canada’s top forecasting organizations and their outlook for the Canadian economy. ... Read More

HLPF 2017 Concludes VNR Presentations, Adopts Ministerial Declaration

The Ministerial Declaration adopted at the close of HLPF 2017 addresses the theme, ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’. The eight-day session involved reports from countries on their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), a High-Level General Debate and... Read More

Jobless in Seattle

Author: William Watson ... Read More

Trump’s NAFTA demands, while politically challenging, may ultimately enhance trade environment

Author: Steven Globerman ... Read More

SDG Business Forum Showcases Business Support for SDGs

1,500 business leaders and stakeholders registered to attend the second annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Business Forum. The Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce said the SDGs should be called “the BDGs – the Business Development Goals” within the... Read More

PEI Report Focuses on Poverty-Environment Nexus in Advancing SDGs

The Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) has published a report that presents practical examples of an integrated approach for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs in LAC. The report recommends actions that will help realize SDG 1... Read More

Guest Article: Leveraging Interlinkages for Effective Implementation of SDGs

At least 49 of the 169 targets included in the SDG framework are dependent on the shift to sustainable consumption and production, with implications for key economic sectors as well as systemic implications for policy making, investments and other decisions... Read More

Ontario environmental policy—excessive costs, little environmental benefits

Authors: Ross McKitrickElmira Aliakbari ... Read More