Lori Lee Oates


Lori Lee Oates, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the M.Phil. (Humanities) program at Memorial University and has worked in the senior levels of the provincial and federal governments.

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The way our leaders are responding to cascading crises is completely predictable

Doubling down on doing more of what we already know is a familiar political problem, writes Lori Lee Oates. So too, she says, are backroom deals that concentrate power and avoid accountability.

We're in a climate emergency. It's time for our leaders to start acting like it

Not everyone wants an oil recovery, writes contributor Lori Lee Oates, who instead calls on politicians to focus on climate change and the damage of fossil fuels.

Are we capable of governing ourselves? A hard look at our financial crisis

Newfoundland once gave up its legislature and elections in exchange for debt relief. As the debt climbs again, contributor Lori Lee Oates says we need to rethink how we manage our affairs, starting with how we approach natural resources.

The time is now: We can no longer wait to act on poverty and the minimum wage

A national advocacy group put a living wage for Newfoundland and Labrador at $18.65 an hour — or about seven dollars more than the minimum wage. Columnist Lori Lee Oates says incoming premier Andrew Furey should make it a priority.

Austerity doesn't work: We cannot cut our way to prosperity

Since 2015, much political economy analysis has come to the conclusion that austerity does not work. It generally hurts the working class the most, even though it is the elite political class that creates our financial problems, writes Lori Lee Oates.
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COVID-19 is hastening the green economy, and we are far behind

We need to prepare now — right now — for a post-oil Newfoundland and Labrador, writes contributor Lori Lee Oates.
Point of View

It's the end of the world as we know it. So what happens now? 

'The new world is being born,' a colleague told contributor Lori Lee Oates, who looks at what awaits Newfoundland and Labrador once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. 

It's the service economy, stupid: We need to move away from natural resources, pronto

Newfoundland and Labrador is once again missing the next big economic turn, writes contributor Lori Lee Oates, by failing to prepare for the coming green economy in any kind of way that matters.
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There's a wolf in the kitchen: We need to change how Ottawa transfers money

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the proverbial Canadian wolf is not just at the door. Canadians need a new federalism that works for everyone, writes Lori Lee Oates.
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This election, ask politicians how they will improve your quality of life

Politicians want you to concentrate on spending promises, writes contributor Lori Lee Oates. She says voters should focus on outcomes, not dollars.