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

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Statistics are great unless they measure the wrong things: Don Pittis

The computer age is generating more data than traditional methods can handle, but experts worry there's bias in what we're measuring.
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Investment giant's move toward sustainability offers hope for climate activism: Don Pittis

Climate concessions by BlackRock, the world's largest investment management firm, proves that big business can be swayed by public outrage.
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Maple Leaf Foods boss attack on Trump pits ethics against shareholder value: Don Pittis

In blaming "the narcissist in Washington" for the death of Canadian airline passengers, should the Maple Leaf Foods boss have risked shareholder value for mere ethics?
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Why central banks hope you think prices are rising: Don Pittis

Renewed worries of a return to falling inflation may make the world's central bankers jealous of Canadian consumer expectation data, out later today.
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Stephen Poloz gets racier as his farewell tour progresses: Don Pittis

As his departure date approaches, Stephen Poloz is more forthright than ever, warning of U.S. President Donald Trump's impact on global trade and slamming Canadian premiers for absurd rules on toilet seats.
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Blip or trend? This week will test Canada's job-creation machine: Don Pittis

Last November Canada recorded the biggest one-month drop in employment since 2009, data showed. This week, we'll find out if it's an economic warning sign or just a blip.
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What you can do in 2020 to keep the world from burning up: Don Pittis

One of Canada's foremost climate economists has developed a strategy that he is confident will work, but beware those who are deluding themselves - or politicians who are "faking it."
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Assessing whether 2020 will bring a Canadian property tumble: Don Pittis

Optimistic year-end real estate data are no guarantee that Canada's property boom won't come to an end.
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Why Boris Johnson's win may be to Canada's trade advantage: Don Pittis

With a revised North American trade deal largely settled, Canada's experienced trade negotiators can turn their full attention to supporting the U.K. through its post-Brexit chaos.
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Fed chair sees North America as an economic oasis in 2020: Don Pittis

Optimism from the U.S. Federal Reserve could help keep Canadian mortgage rates low in 2020, with the added hope that economic good news spreads north as the effects of a string of rate cuts kick in.
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Job killer or job creator? Experts predict a climate employment boom: Don Pittis

Critics have warned the economic disruption caused by fighting climate change will lead to massive unemployment, but something different seems to be happening.
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Retailers foresee holiday joy — even as Poloz looks to hold line on rates: Don Pittis

While everyone else cuts interest rates to boost investment and spending, so far, most Canadians seem not to need the extra stimulus.
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Why climate change adaptation is the unloved sibling at COP25: Don Pittis

Advocates for adapting to climate change insist it is not just essential, but also helps to solve the problem itself.
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New cabinet must make the best of an uncertain economic outlook: Don Pittis

As Canada's federal Liberals buckle down to their new term, markets hint that stimulus by central banks has helped reverse the worst of the global economic slide. But the OECD says more help is needed.
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Only governments can solve the Canadian illicit pot crisis: Don Pittis

Thriving black markets mean kids have easy access to pot. Governments could do more to squeeze out the crooks.