5 Carbon Tax Myths That are Built on Misconceptions

Written by Strac Ivanov, president of Vicinity Jobs Inc

Do we need a carbon tax? Can our economy afford it? There have been countless debates on this. Most people seem to agree that pollution costs money and needs to be controlled, but there is less agreement on how this should be done and to what extent. The challenge: Finding an acceptable balance between short-term economic prosperity and long-term sustainability.

It is remarkable how many politicians and special interest groups abuse this complex economic and environmental debate to promote their own partisan views and attack each other. Unfortunately, in dumming down the debate they have introduced misconceptions that get in the way of making sound policy decisions.

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Canada’s Economy Created 34,000 Jobs in August as Hiring Demand Soared

August’s hiring demand (tracked by Vicinity Jobs in Ontario’s York Region but representative of the general trend for most of Canada) soared to levels not seen since May 2008. Statistics Canada’s monthly labour market survey also points to a surprisingly strong August, although the unemployment rate remained unchanged as more people joined the labour force. These numbers come in a period when the US economy reportedly created a disappointing 96,000 jobs, the recession in the European economies seems far from over, and at home, the debt load of Canadian household remains at a record high.

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Number of Employment Insurance Recipients in Canada Declining

Statistics Canada reported today that 672,200 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits in July, down 31,400 from June. They also stated that the decline offset the increases in spring and brought the number of beneficiaries to March levels.
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New VicinityJobs.com Report on the Impact of the Recession on Hiring Demand in GTA’s Suburbs

We released a new report today that measures the impact of economic slowdown on hiring demand in Ontario’s 905-communities surrounding the city of Toronto, and looks into what may be in store for the future. Continue reading New VicinityJobs.com Report on the Impact of the Recession on Hiring Demand in GTA’s Suburbs