Money for a post-work world

“Yet here we are, still toiling away with unemployment rates at multi-decade lows. Instead of eradicating work, technology has done what it will surely always continue to do: create more jobs than it destroys. What matters far more in Forget’s view is the quality of those new jobs. And it is the rise of precarious labour, reflected in the side-hustle economy, piecemeal freelance gigs, and endless contract positions, which basic income is perfectly suited to address, by providing a measure of insurance against job insecurity.”

Jason Kirby – Literary Review of Canada – November 2018


The Minister of Everything

“On Nov. 5, 2015, the morning after he was sworn in, Navdeep Bains approached a podium in the halls of Parliament Hill. It took him exactly 23 seconds—barely enough time to recite his unwieldy new title, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development—to announce the return of the mandatory long-form census, which the Conservatives had scrapped in 2010. He lifted a copy of the document and struck a grade-schooler’s show-and-tell pose, flashing a grin for the scrum of photographers surrounding him. The smile wasn’t all show. Bains, a 41-year-old FCPA and four-term Liberal MP, is a self-professed ‘numbers guy.’ And nothing gets a numbers guy going like a census.”

Luc Rinaldi – Pivot Magazine – November 2018


Checking in with the oil crowd

David Gray-Donald – Briarpatch – August 2018

From NAFTA to USMCA: Inside the tense negotiations that saved North American trade

Adrian Morrow, Barrie McKenna, Stephanie Nolen – The Globe and Mail – October 2018

The Last Cannery Standing

Frances Backhouse – Hakai Magazine – August 2018

Ontario’s social experiment: Can basic income buy happiness?

Rachelle Younglai – The Globe and Mail – April 2017

Why It’s so Hard to Actually Work in Shared Offices

“Jarred was trying to sell me on more than just aesthetics— he was offering a utopian vision of community. My future co-workers, he said, would be fascinating. They were startup founders and young creative types. A tequila company had rented office space and wanted to host tequila Tuesdays. He opened the WeWork app on his phone, and I watched as a cascade of posts from my soon-to-be colleagues and collaborators flew past. ‘I’ve heard from people who have tried other co-working spaces and…the other ones aren’t bad,’ Jarred said with an exaggerated pause. WeWork was just that much better. ‘We know your name, we remember your birthday, we remember your dog’s birthday,’ he continued. I don’t have a dog, but I appreciated the sentiment. I signed up on the spot.”

Nicholas Hune-Brown – The Walrus – February 2018