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Why this economist thinks government intervention is a good thing - The Globe and Mail
PAUL WALDIE
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Many governments are moving away from austerity and toward stimulating economic growth by spending on infrastructure projects. Is that the right approach?

This is not about the panacea of infrastructure. It’s ridiculous if you think about it. All these smart, smart people in the IMF—once they finally admit that austerity was shit and it was very damaging, what’s their solution? Infrastructure. (3) These people have PhDs. Can they not come up with something more interesting than spend a bunch on bridges and roads?

What do you think about Brexit?

A massive, massive disaster. I just can’t believe that the people who engineered it haven’t been put in prison. It’s so obvious now that they were lying. Think of it: If Coca-Cola lied with advertising campaigns like that, they’d be in prison. All these civil servants are going to be spending decades unravelling something that was not the problem. The real problem in the U.K. is low productivity, very high inequality and a lack of serious planning around industrial and innovation policy. That had nothing to do with Europe. Brexit is just going to take away huge amounts of government resources that could have been spent thinking about what it really means to increase productivity. As well, it just really makes things complicated.
Paul_Waldie  economists  Brexit  industrial_policies  innovation_policies  innovation  iPhone  Mariana_Mazzucato  infrastructure  austerity  government_intervention  PhDs  IMF  productivity  income_inequality 
december 2016 by jerryking
Buying a Better World questions the legacy of financier George Soros, but doesn’t give us a full answer - The Globe and Mail
PAUL WALDIE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 27 2015,

Title Buying a Better World: George Soros and Billionaire Philanthropy
Author Anna Porter
Genre business
Publisher TAP Books
Pages 224 pages
Price $19.99
Year 2015
George_Soros  moguls  books  Paul_Waldie  financiers  legacies 
march 2015 by jerryking
Neurosurgeon’s new path takes him closer to his past
Oct. 26 2012 | The Globe and Mail | PAUL WALDIE.

The sale prompted Dr. Dan to come back home and completely change his life. He quit neurosurgery, sold the Teva shares he had received from the sale and created the Paloma Foundation in 2002 with $17-million.
high_net_worth  philanthropy  family-owned_businesses  Paul_Waldie  pharmaceutical_industry  foundations  aboriginals 
february 2013 by jerryking
Finance executive brings innovative strategies to Kenyan business
September 1, 2012 | Report on Business | Paul Waldie.

With the help of contributions from the Sprott Foundation and Barrick Gold Corp., Mr. Di Girolamo created Terra Firma, a Canadian charity that provides business expertise to small businesses in developing countries. The organization began working in Kenya, first with a small food company and lately with a honey business based outside Nairobi called Honey Care Africa. Honey Care has seven full-time employees and about $200,000 in annual sales. Volunteers from Terra Firma have been helping the company revamp its operations, which includes managing bee hives at numerous farms, and improving its marketing. Terra Finna draws volunteers from Canadian businesses and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, many of whom have travelled to Kenya to work with the companies. Mr. Di Girolamo left for Kenya We believe that business can be part of the solution to world issues.
Paul_Waldie  philanthropy  Brookfield  charities  Kenya  small_business  management_consulting  inspiration  Rotman  developing_countries 
september 2012 by jerryking
Do corporate buyouts signal the end of the family farm? - The Globe and Mail
Paul Waldie AND Jessica Leeder
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
private_equity  agriculture  agribusiness  farming  Paul_Waldie 
may 2012 by jerryking
Boardroom farmers: Some of the world's biggest agricultural investors - The Globe and Mail
Paul Waldie
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

A subsidiary of Toronto-based Sprott Resource Corp., called One Earth Farms, is also working with first nations to manage up to one million acres of farmland in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.
agriculture  farming  investors  HAIG  AgCapita_Partners  Assiniboia_Capital  Bonnefield_Financial  Pike_Management  globalization  boards_&_directors_&_governance  Paul_Waldie  One_Earth_Farms 
may 2012 by jerryking
New business model grows family farm into global player - The Globe and Mail
PAUL WALDIE innovators
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 (send to Michael Watson)
In 2005, Mr. Menzies agreed to return home and become a co-owner of Wigmore Farms. He came with one condition – the farm’s business model had to change.

Instead of growing crops and then finding a buyer, Mr. Menzies said the farm had to start looking for customers first. The typical farm model is “backward to everything I ever did in the engineering and technology side,” he said in an interview. “We looked for a need and we filled it. And where we found that need was from the world.”
business_models  farming  agriculture  globalization  Wigmore_Farms  Paul_Waldie  change  OPMA  family_business 
may 2012 by jerryking
Family farms are fewer and larger, StatsCan says - The Globe and Mail
May. 10, 2012 | Globe and Mail | PAUL WALDIE.

Sparling noted that it takes about $2.31 worth of assets on a large farm to produce $1 of revenue. By contrast, a farm generating less than $100,000 in revenue requires $18 in assets to produce the same revenue....But not all of the changes have been welcomed. The demise of the Canadian Wheat Board, which had a monopoly over the sale of all wheat and barley grown in Western Canada, has prompted a series of court battles, led by farmers who believe the board gave grain growers clout in international markets. Others fear the shift to large farms will attract buying by investment funds eager to cash in on the rise in global food demand.

Still others worry about the age of Canadian farmers. The Statistics Canada census found that 48 per cent all farmers are 55 or older, the highest percentage ever. Meanwhile, the percentage of farm operators under 35 has fallen to 8.2 per cent from 9.1 per cent in 2006.
farming  Canadian  agriculture  trends  aging  Paul_Waldie  Statistics_Canada  consolidation 
may 2012 by jerryking
Charity is a duty that bestows a 'high'
March 3, 2012 | G&M | By PAUL WALDIE.

The donor Shane Baghai
high_net_worth  philanthropy  luxury  Paul_Waldie 
march 2012 by jerryking
More than ‘cows and cooking,’ 4-H movement reinvents itself
Sept. 21, 2011 | Globe & Mail | PAUL WALDIE. Ideas for the UFSC and Junior Achievement
youth  Paul_Waldie  Junior_Achievement  agriculture  reinvention  farming 
september 2011 by jerryking
Low-key founder of LinkedIn hits IPO jackpot - The Globe and Mail
omar el akkad AND paul waldie
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 19, 2011
Omar_El_Akkad  Paul_Waldie  Reid_Hoffman  profile  LinkedIn  low-key 
september 2011 by jerryking
Griffiths remembered as Bay Street innovator - The Globe and Mail
kim mackrael AND paul waldie
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jul. 24, 2011
Brad_Griffiths  Paul_Waldie  Bay_Street  obituaries  GMP 
july 2011 by jerryking

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