The real cost of eliminating poverty in 2016

What would it cost to eliminate poverty and ensure that each person on the planet enjoyed a ‘living wage’; enough income to meet their basic needs for a descent and good life?

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Why Albertans have a lot to be happy about: Let’s count our blessings

March 19, 2016

March 20th is world happbenjamin-franklin-and-happinessiness day. How happy are Albertans today?Should happiness be considered a proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy?

Or should a new economic paradigm based on well-being be the new goal for public policy and a new economic frontier for Alberta.

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Relationships key to a happy life

Relationships matter more to our happiness and well-being than money, education, genetics, and position in society. I have learned this from studies of well-being and happiness in small communities in Alberta including Leduc and Olds. Strong relationships translate into higher levels of trust and ultimately more resilient neighbouhoods and economies.

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The Cost of Unemployment and Suicide in Alberta

Suicide vs. Unemployment AlbertaAlberta’s Medical Examiner warned that suicides are expected to jump 30% in 2015 reaching 654 suicides. Prior to 2015 suicides average about 500 to 550 per year. That’s far more deaths than car crash fatalities which average around 350-360 per year in Alberta. In the first six months of  2015 there were already 327 suicides.

Is this dramatic rise in suicides related to falling oil prices and a down-turn in Alberta’s economy?

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Why Forests Matter: The Indigenomics of Forests

Here are the notes from last evening’s (November 4, 2015) Nature Conservancy of Canada forum on Why Forests Matter. Other speakers included Brian DePrato, economist with TD Bank, talking about natural capital, poet Lorna Crozier, Andrea Lyall (Aboriginal forester), Dr. Phillip Miller (with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment), and Dan Krauss, a conservation scientist with Nature Conservancy.NCC imageNCC Why Forests Matter

Why Forests Matter: Indigenomics of Forests

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