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.

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They promised us driverless cars. What happened?: Don Pittis

Driverless vehicle enthusiasts are dismayed and valuations for leaders in the technology are down. Your robot ride is coming but expect delays, writes Don Pittis.

New tax on the rich in New Jersey may give provincial governments something to think about: Don Pittis

A state where historic tax reform contributed to a taxation “race to the bottom” is now trying to collect from the rich to give to the poor.

The U.S. economy is hurting, and the outlook from the central bank is bleak

Borrowers can breathe a sigh of relief as the U.S. central bank predicts interest rates will stay low for years, but Jerome Powell warns that the unexpectedly quick recovery in the economy following the outbreak of COVID-19 is not likely to persist, and more government spending is needed.

Why inflation doesn't feel low and what you can do about it: Don Pittis

This week’s inflation numbers are expected to stay low, but it may not feel like it, depending on how you spend your money.

Trump's plan to 'decouple' from China will require a robot revolution: Don Pittis

Trump’s latest plan to spurn China and bring manufacturing jobs home is no quick fix but it’s a step in the right direction as an “economic catastrophe” transforms North American jobs. But it will need to be well managed.

Modern monetary theory is not the future — it's already here: Don Pittis

Still considered by many a fringe view of economics, MMT as it is popularly known suddenly seems to be moving into the mainstream as governments borrow and spend.

Lockdown makes us even more vulnerable when the machine stops: Don Pittis

As Zoom shares fell following a widespread glitch in the video conferencing platform on Monday, businesses and schools that were locked into a single chat platform got a fresh lesson in adding Murphy’s Law to plans in the age of technology dependence.

Chrystia Freeland may already have plans to repair the Canadian economy: Don Pittis

As finance minister in a minority government Freeland faces the unenviable task of rebuilding the economy while trying to satisfy a fractured constituency.

Post-COVID-19 economy will put people back to work, but it won't be in all the same jobs: Don Pittis

The latest data says places in Canada that succeeded in containing the coronavirus outbreak are already seeing economic advantages. But research shows jobs that disappear may never come back.

By Canadian standards, Kamala Harris could run for the Conservatives: Don Pittis

The Trump campaign lost no time branding Kamala Harris an ally of "the radical left," but with policies such as more accessible health care and a vote of confidence from Wall Street, Joe Biden's new running mate could easily fit into the political spectrum of moderate conservatives in Canada or Europe.

From real estate to businesses, signs the pandemic is boosting wealth concentration: Don Pittis

Even as some businesses crumble, the promise of low interest rates for the foreseeable future makes cash flow king as buyers pick off assets that they expect will keep their value.

Unrealistic economic cheerleading is no solution to a lingering COVID-19 crisis: Don Pittis

Despite enthusiasm from people like the U.S. president, hopes for a short, sharp downturn followed by recovery may have been thwarted by growing signs of damage to the underlying economy, especially in the U.S.

Even the loonie is rising against the U.S. dollar as the Fed faces currency threat: Don Pittis

Goldman Sachs warns that the U.S. dollar's place as the world reserve currency faces threat as the American economy is weakened. Can Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell maintain his promise not to even think about thinking about hiking rates, Don PIttis asks.

Fossil fuel giant faces uphill push to build green mega-project: Don Pittis

Calgary company formerly known as TransCanada Corporation plans a multi-billion dollar green tech scheme, but it faces obstacles familiar from its pipeline projects.

From drinking helmets to automation, how we might reopen the economy despite COVID-19: Don Pittis

From wacky to wise, business innovations for relaunching the economy without generating a U.S.-style second tsunami of COVID-19.