Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology, and the Environment looks at the Alberta Oil Sands . While producing energy to an ever thirsty world who is demanding more energy than ever, thanks to the rise of developing nations, and increased population, the Oil sands, prove that they are some of the most energy inefficient sources the world needs, while being environmentally unsustainable. This analysis looks at the politics, science, and economic reasoning as to extracting the oil sands. Then concrete, economically sound solutions to this problem.
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Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment, looks at the Private Research and Development in Canada, and what needs improvement. A discussion of what is R&D, the history proceeds an analysis of the current state of it in Canada. Then a comparison with other countries and then some ideas how to make Canada a world leader again.
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.
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.
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.
Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment, releases a discussion paper on how the Emilia-Romagna model can give a framework of providing social services in Manitoba, after the 2010 Provincial budget, where it was disclosed that there would be a deep deficit. The paper argues Manitoba could use co-operatives in various social services like in health, training and education, while potentially kick starting the green economy through alternative energy co-operatives and green jobs training programs.
In the first of what will likely be a series of op-ed’s this year, Adam Johnston, the creator of Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment, discusses that all three major Manitoba political parties lack a strong green tech vision and there needs to be more to engage citizens environmental issues by giving them a stake in the green economy.