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Mark W. Podlasly on Indigenous stakes in Canadian projects

On this week’s episode of Free Lunch by The Peak, we sat down with Mark W. Podlasly, a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and the chief sustainability officer for the First Nations Major Projects Coalition to talk about how Indigenous communities across the country are taking ownership stakes in major clean energy, resource development, and infrastructure projects. 

Canada takes a work trip to Vietnam

Canada is hoping to take its relationship with Vietnam to the next level. 

What happened: Canada sent its largest-ever delegation — including the trade minister and hundreds of Canadian business people — to set up some coffee chats in Vietnam this week as it looks to strengthen trade ties with one of the fastest-growing Southeast Asian economies.

Feds will take a closer look at foreign tech investments

The government revealed what recent changes to the law regulating foreign investments in Canadian companies will mean for investors: more paperwork.

Ontario tries to balance spending and saving

Provincial governments. They’re just like us. They tell themselves they're gonna rein in spending and then go, “Hmmm, maybe next year.” 

What happened: Canada’s most populous province tabled its budget for 2024-25. Like most provinces, it put balanced books on the back burner in favour of higher spending, planning to operate on a $9.8 billion deficit this fiscal year, which is more than triple last year’s deficit. 

Ottawa braces for potential Trump trade tax

A drastic Donald Trump campaign promise has got the feds in a frenzy (and no, it’s not about building a really big border wall). 

Driving the news: Over a dozen Canadian diplomats spent last week in Washington meeting with U.S. lawmakers to discuss the implications of a potential Donald Trump presidency. 

Temporary residents, long-term problems

When it comes to temporary residents in Canada, the government now feels that 2 million is company, but 2.5 million is a crowd.

What happened: For the first time, Canada will set a target for non-permanent residents (NPRs) as it looks to reduce the number of them in the country by 20% over three years. This means cutting the number of NPRs by 500,000, down from 6.2% of the population to 5.0%. 

Provinces run up their deficits

This budget season, provinces are primed to rack up more debt than us during the holidays.

Driving the news: As the 2024-25 provincial budgets roll in, new research from the National Bank of Canada estimates that provinces facing deficits will be $130 billion in debt this fiscal year. That’s a 21.5% surge from the year before and, excluding 2020, the highest tally in at least a decade.

Election reform en route in Ottawa

Canadians who say they don’t have the time to vote could soon be left looking for a new excuse. 

What happened: The government has tabled an election reform bill that looks to increase voter turnout, an effort that is reportedly part of the supply-and-confidence agreement between the Liberal and NDP that has kept the Trudeau government in power.

Alberta is luring workers with hefty tax incentives

While Alberta formally ended its “Alberta is Calling” advertising campaign last year meant to attract workers to the province, the province is still singing a siren’s song.

What happened: Alberta has introduced a program to offer skilled tradespeople from outside the province a $5,000 tax credit if they pack up shop and move to Alberta. The province will shift $10 million in its budget to pay for it, making up to 2,000 workers eligible. 

Bill that would force TikTok divestiture gets closer to becoming law

Getting users and creators to lobby on its behalf didn’t help TikTok’s parent company make new friends in Washington.