Don Pittis

The Business Unit

Don Pittis was a forest firefighter and a ranger in Canada's High Arctic islands. After moving into journalism, he was principal business reporter for Radio Television Hong Kong before the handover to China. He has produced and reported for the CBC in Saskatchewan and Toronto and the BBC in London. He is currently senior producer at CBC's business unit.

Latest from Don Pittis

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Gloom over debts and NAFTA threats trounced by 'positive surprises': Don Pittis

The Bank of Canada's leaders say NAFTA and Canadians' debt keep them awake at night. But they say a string of positive surprises like rising wages and business investment outweigh those risks.
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From mortgages to NAFTA, the Bank of Canada shows it has real political clout: Don Pittis

Last week's rumours that U.S. President Donald Trump was axing NAFTA showed just how much power the Bank of Canada wields.
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Business is the reluctant hero in the minimum wage transition: Don Pittis

Voices claiming to represent business cry foul on wage hikes. But just watch how quickly capitalism adapts.
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Oprah for president? The political economy of fame: Don Pittis

Oprah Winfrey's famous name could win the White House. But experience from the U.S. and elsewhere says fame may be a bad qualification for good government.
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Ontario's experiment with minimum wage could transform Canada's economy: Don Pittis

A sharp and sudden rise in the Ontario minimum wage could tranform the Canadian economy. But no one's really sure whether it will be for the better or the worse.
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Love it or hate it, bitcoin represents a market out of control: Don Pittis

In many ways, bitcoin is a microcosm of a pure free market. But, as Don Pittis explains, it's not likely to stay that way. Even the most neo-liberal governments really don't like truly free markets that rob them of power.
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The wait is over. The battery revolution is here: Don Pittis

Economic disruption from batteries is already underway as prices charge down and energy efficiency and safety charge up. And there are more radical developments coming in 2018.
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The eternal Canadian quest for the perfect snow shovel: Don Pittis

Seeking advice from Canadians on the perfect snow shovel — before the next Snowmageddon.
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Yellen swan song reveals confidence in North American economic future: Don Pittis

Rather than carping at Donald Trump or her successor Janet Yellen was upbeat. But Canadian borrowers should watch out for much higher interest rates.
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How an expected U.S. interest rate increase will affect Canadians: Don Pittis

A U.S. rate rise today seems like a foregone conclusion, with more to come. Canadian borrowers should ask, "How many more?"
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Bitcoin's move to mainstream carries new financial risks: Don Pittis

When bitcoin was a whacky toy for techies, regulators didn't have to worry. But going mainstream changes everything.
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Once bitten twice shy as markets wait for Poloz interest statement: Don Pittis

In September the Bank of Canada shocked markets with a rate rise after GDP jumped. Could last week's jobs numbers make them do it again?
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The high cost of cheap electricity: Don Pittis

In Canada, the low cost of generating new power is no short-term bargain.
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Record cheap electricity is transforming world energy markets as Canada struggles to keep up: Don Pittis

There are signs of a new world order in global electricity. Costs are plunging and Alberta is on the leading edge of a new pricing regime helping to turn the energy world upside down.
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Seasonal employment adds to a tight job market that may not last: Don Pittis

Seasonal work teaches valuable skills and may help push up wages. But the OECD and Bank of Canada worry surging jobs demand could end too soon.