Are Canadians free traders or just Europhiles?

“Have Canadians become true free traders, embracing the world view of the great 19th century liberal thinker David Ricardo, who argued that free trade is always a good thing economically?” wrote Eugene Lang, the BMO Visiting Fellow in Glendon College’s School of Public and International Affairs, in the Toronto Star.

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‘Dogfight’ expected over Sears stores

The battle between big-name retailers underlines the scarcity of prime retail locations in Canada’s biggest urban markets. “The best stores — there’s going to be a dogfight over them,” said Jim Danahy, director of Schulich’s Centre for Retail Leadership, in The Globe and Mail.

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The 54th parallel

Internationally, there is little evidence to suggest that older workers are less productive than younger ones. Their underperformance in South Korea, if real, may be a self-fulfilling prophecy, argued York University Professor Thomas Klassen in The Economist.

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How can this jeweller expand and maintain ethical manufacturing?

“Ethical sourcing won’t break the bank, but [jeweller Erin] Fitzpatrick could almost certainly find a manufacturer that would undercut a responsible supplier that takes employee rights seriously. But the question she already seems to be asking is: at what cost?” said Andrew Crane, director of Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, in The Globe and Mail.

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Washington subdued as damage assessment begins

“The Chinese are looking past this resolution,” said York University political science Professor Gregory Chin in The Globe and Mail. “The question for them is whether the US is ready to deal with fundamental issues such as the deficit and tax reform. Fixing those issues requires a political consensus that might not exist.”

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