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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Expect rate cuts to wait till Fed thinks they're essential: Don Pittis

Canadian borrowers and market investors expecting a new round of rate cutting may be disappointed as central bankers batten down to fight the next recession.
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Why we can never put the Big Tech monster back in its box: Don Pittis

Without meaning to, we've created a Big Tech monster that is devouring industries and transforming society. But even left and right working together may not be able to turn the clock back.
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Latest data shows worker shortage is helping Canadians get richer: Don Pittis

An actual shortage of workers in Canada may be helping to push wages up — but workers might have to switch jobs to see the best gains.
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How tariffs work and why they've always mattered to Canada: Don Pittis

As Republicans move to block U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs on Mexico and the Federal Reserve says it is ready to step in, Canada holds its breath. The battle lines are familiar to economists and historians, but this time there are differences.
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Men in business attire may be bad for women and the climate: Don Pittis

As anyone who has worked in an open plan office where people cannot control temperatures will know, women seem to complain more about it being too cold. Now, science has confirmed the anecdotal evidence.
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Tariff threat against Mexico confirms a deal's not a deal with Trump: Don Pittis

Everyone knows politicians sometimes fail to keep their word. But when an entire country gives its word, businesses generally assume they can count on it. Not so in the era of U.S. President Donald Trump, as shown by his latest tariff threat against trade partner Mexico.
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Why the Canadian economy seems divorced from traditional signals: Don Pittis

Boosted by fossil fuels and a housing market on fire, Canada rode out the depths of the U.S. recesssion. So as those two decline, why is the economy still strong?
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A long trade war could threaten Communist Party legitimacy: Don Pittis

China has short-term advantages as Trump faces re-election, but a long decline in the Chinese economy could shatter the party's social contract with its people that keeps the Communist Party in power.
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Why overlooked green energy sector is an economic powerhouse: Don Pittis

While politicians promote the economics of fossil energy, a report out today indicates they, and other Canadians, have a blind spot for the economic clout of the low-carbon energy businesses.
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The disturbing question of why Canada's done so little to end money laundering: Don Pittis

Despite the latest flurry of money-laundering stories, it's not a new problem. Canada has long had a reputation as haven for illicit cash. Was it just mistake? Or does a failure to crack down imply the country was knowingly profiting?
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Playground lessons for dealing with trade bullies: Don Pittis

Canada has been good to both China and the U.S., but as the two trade titans focus on one another, both are treating Canada with disdain. While we feel powerless, there are strategies for dealing with bullies.
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Waiting for the economic impact as more Canadians consider going car-free: Don Pittis

The clamour over the move to battery-powered cars may be concealing a change with a far more momentous economic impact: the growing move to no car at all.
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Weak rules have made Canada a magnet for money laundering: Don Pittis

A C.D.Howe Institute report says that in Canada 99 per cent of money launderers are never punished. But beneficial ownership rules and prison penalties could change that.
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Restraining the housing market may be wise — but it remains divisive: Don Pittis

Even the staid economists at CIBC seem ambivalent about government attempts to withdraw the inadvertent effects of low interest rates on Canadian house prices.
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Any Canadian Green New Deal must be more than free money: Don Pittis

As parties of the left and right debate a Green New Deal, governments need a complex directed strategy to invest in the economy and the climate.