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Archive for January, 2011

Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment releases a paper discussing the importance of how the World Wide Web (WWW) changed the tone of the environmental movement from being all overtly activist to now, more moderate, market jobs based driven. The paper traces the history briefly of the environmental movement from the days of conservation to print, then to the activist early television days to now.

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Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment releases a document discussing the importance for the Credit Union movement as a solution for the Un-Banked and Underbanked in Canada. The document, originally published for Microfinance in Theory and Practice class at the University of Winnipeg in the Fall of 2011, discusses the concerns of chartered banks leaving poor areas of Winnipeg, as well as fringe financial services like tax discounting and cheque cashing stores. The paper also talks about concerns about attempts at state-owned banks in other parts of the world, arguing that they are economically inefficient. At the same time the report recommends more credit unions in lower-income areas, as well as providing tax incentives for microfinance solutions to fight poverty.

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Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment releases a presentation that was done for a University of Winnipeg Economics Class in November 2010 called Microfinance In Theory and Practice. The presentation came from the paper about how Credit Unions can offer a middle ground solution from either large chartered banks and state own banks, who both have many negatives.  Slides discuss what some credit unions in Canada have done with some excellent microfinance solutions to battle poverty.

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