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Gregory C Mason

Gregory C Mason

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba:1974-80 Assistant Professor (Economics); 1981 - 85 Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research; 1986 - 88 Director University of Manitoba Research; 1988 - present, Associate Professor (Economics)

PRA Inc. (1988 - 2015) Founding and Managing Partner (www.pra.ca)

www.gregorymason.ca

We need to modernize how we measure national wealth

Jan 18, 2020 11:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

I recently tried an experiment. I changed several light bulbs, and since one required a little rewiring, I sent my wife (also known as the majority shareholder) a bill for $110.50 (plus GST). In return, she sent me a bill...

The economic illusions of the Canadian election

Oct 26, 2019 07:37 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

As an economist, I approached voting in the Canadian federal election with deep ambivalence that was shared by most everyone I know regardless of vocation or political persuasion. Most expressed resignation and stated,...

What election tax promises will mean for your wallet

Sep 28, 2019 13:05 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Beware of politicians gifts, especially during election campaigns. Most political presents involve increased spending, but a growing list of promises have to do with changes to taxation. The Conservatives and Liberals,...

With a federal election looming, an appeal for politicians to stop buying us off

Sep 10, 2019 20:23 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

As Larry the Liquidator said in that not-so-classic film Other Peoples Money: I love money more than the things it can buy … but what I love more than money is other peoples money. With the federal...

It was time to walk away from Ontario's flawed basic income project

Aug 13, 2018 14:05 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Social and anti-poverty activists have greeted the dumping of Ontarios basic income pilot project with the usual lamentations. These critics of the new Conservative government argue the funds allocated to the project is a...

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Economy

FxWirePro: Spotlight On CBT Amid Sluggish Turkish Growth – Bid 3M USD/TRY Skews Ans Hedge

Turkeys central bank pulled forward a scheduled MPC meeting by two days and implemented a 100bps emergency rate cut yesterday. The CB reduced the 1-week repo rate from 10.75% to 9.75% and lowered RRR on all FX deposits by...

FxWirePro: BoC’s Rate Cuts on Cyclical Effects of Covid-19 - USD/CAD Risk-Off Call Ratio Spread

Over the weekend, the Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate by another 50 bp, after it had lowered its key interest rate from 1.75% to 1.25% at its regular meeting. The BoC also said that it was ready to take further...

Coronavirus and Spanish flu: economic lessons to learn from the last truly global pandemic

As news of the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged, global financial markets reacted pessimistically and behaved in ways not seen since the 2008 financial crisis. But fully understanding the potential...

Cash handout of $750 for 6.5 million pensioners and others receiving government payments

A payment of $750 will be made from the end of this month to about 6.5 million people as part of the governments $17.6 billion stimulus package aimed at keeping Australia out of a recession caused by the impact of the...

Tokyo Olympics: how coronavirus is affecting preparations

The World Health Organizations decision to officially recognise the coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic means organisers are facing difficult decisions on whether to go ahead with major sporting events. There were...

Politics

Ivanka Trump says she’s exploring things she wouldn’t have prioritized because of the coronavirus

Despite the social distancing and work-from-home routine she has to go through, life goes on for Ivanka Trump. In fact, her self-isolation has freed up some of her time that shes now doing things she normally wouldnt have...

US Navy aircraft carrier captain wants crew members infected with COVID-19 removed from the ship and isolated for two weeks

Even the worlds most sophisticated warship isnt out of reach from the coronavirus pandemic. A commander of a U.S. Navy aircraft is warning senior military officials that decisive action must be done to save the lives of...

US President Donald Trump to introduce new social distancing guidelines

Recently, President Donald Trump announced that the period of social distancing would continue until the end of April to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now, Trump is expected to announce the new guidelines for the...

Joe Biden explains how he would respond to the coronavirus pandemic in recent town hall

Presidential candidate Joe Biden recently appeared for another interview-slash-town hall on CNN. The former vice president explained how he would approach the pandemic, as well as revealing his routine as of late. In a...

Melania Trump criticized after advising people to go out and have some 'fresh air' amid coronavirus outbreak

First Lady Melania Trump has been making an effort to become more visible in the midst of the coronavirus crisis in the country. As the country continues its social distancing period, Melania gives her own advice that is...

Science

Man pronounced clinically dead for three minutes describes what death is like

Death is one of lifes biggest mysteries, and it does not seem like there would be an answer any time soon. One man has shared his experience after being clinically dead for three minutes. There are many assumptions on...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope snaps image of a one-armed galaxy

The cosmos has provided stunning sights in the forms of galaxies and other celestial objects. Recently, NASAs Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a spectacular one-armed galaxy. The galaxy, formally known as NGC...

Asteroids: Potentially hazardous asteroid already on 'close approach' trajectory

Space agencies all over the world are keeping tabs on one particular asteroid that is bound for Earth by April. Recent reports reveal that the asteroid in question is already on a close approach trajectory. Express...

Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts over 100,000 coronavirus fatalities in US

As the world is currently struggling to contain the pandemic that is the coronavirus, it appears that the situation would only get worse before it could get better. According to Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony...

Technology

Nvidia Ampere GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs could be released by August

It looks like gamers will have to wait for a bit before getting their hands on Nvidias all-new Ampere GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs, including the highly anticipated flagship, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Based on recent rumors from...

Sony monitors ‘risk of delays’ in ‘The Last of Us 2’ release date amid COVID-19 pandemic

The world is facing another daunting challenge as the COVID-19 pandemic manifests its effects not sparing the video game industry. Speculations on a possible second delay on the The Last of Us 2 release date has started to...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ wallpaper teases one of V’s dangerous contract jobs

With many fans currently stuck in their homes for quarantine measures amid a global pandemic, it helps to be distracted for a while with a release of new Cyberpunk 2077 wallpaper. The image is filled with many interesting...

Why ‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ might not get new expansions, DLC at its current state

It can be said that Warcraft 3: Reforged has been one of the most discussed video games released in 2020 so far, and most of the reasons are quite unflattering. However, the game is still part of one of the most popular...

Nintendo Switch games: ‘Tropico 6,’ ‘Super Mario 64,’ ‘Super Mario Sunshine,’ and ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ arriving to the console this year

With its portability, the Nintendo Switch console is one of the most popular consoles around and has been the best-selling hardware for a couple of years now. It looks like Switch console gamers are in for a treat in the...
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