Don Pittis

Business columnist

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


Impeachment will further obscure Trump's contested economic legacy

Markets boosted by tax cuts and years of low interest rates have made the rich richer and the U.S. more divided than ever, something the Biden presidency will have trouble reversing.

Smaller cities suffer the economic brunt of Air Canada's pandemic exit

As Air Canada cuts more service to save its bottom line during COVID-19 restrictions, some fear small communities are being held to ransom in a battle over federal bailouts.

Can Wall Street help us find the true price of water?

While some say market trading of water as a commodity will help the world prepare for climate change, Canadian experts are wary and doubtful, writes Don Pittis.

Global economy faces fears of a 'lost decade' as COVID-19 cases surge

Attempts to keep the economy open while fighting the coronavirus face new challenges from mutating COVID-19 variants, as the World Bank expresses concerns about financial stress for countries that failed to get on top of the pandemic early.

Economics issues that big thinkers say need the world's attention in 2021

From gig jobs to cybercrime to a skilled workforce, you really should be more aware of important economic issues beyond COVID-19 in the new year.

COVID-19 has made reading next year's real estate market harder than ever

As homeowners and investors await the latest real estate sales data on Tuesday, opinions on what comes next are all over the map.

No wonder the galactic federation spurns us — Canada can't manage the one we have on Earth

While credible scientists scoff at a former Israeli official’s comments about the existence of a galactic federation, an economist says getting ready to join could help Canada pull out of the pandemic slump.

Not even the COVID-19 crisis can hold back Christmas shoppers with 'savings hoard' to unload

Don Pittis looks at how the recession like no other is transforming how many of us save, shop and give to charity.

Plenty of booby traps on a path to economic recovery littered with unknowns

As the finance minister in a minority government that will one day soon have to face the electorate, Chrystia Freeland must do her best to satisfy a majority and plan for a future with many uncertainties.

COVID-19 has sucked the oxygen out of the room on the climate economy

An essential debate over tree planting, carbon pricing and building a low carbon economy has been delayed by the COVID-19 crisis.