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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Why Trump can take credit for his opponents' Green New Deal: Don Pittis

Climate change should not be a left-right issue, but by refusing to tackle the issue, the U.S. president has given the Democrats plenty of room to manoeuvre.
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Gloomy central banks face new danger of economic good news: Don Pittis

Central bankers, watch out. Suddenly things are looking frighteningly positive.
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Is Canada a dangerous bastion of socialism? According to Trump, maybe: Don Pittis

Like the term liberalism, socialism is a word with many definitions. Canadian experts weigh in on the meaning of U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-socialist alarm in his state of the union address.
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Lots of work but fewer want it as participation rate shrinks: Don Pittis

As parts of Canada face a shortage of workers, the percentage of people actually wanting work has gone into a steep decline. But the situation here is better than in the U.S.
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Canadian case is another warning about the murky world of cryptocurrency: Don Pittis

$190 million worth of crypto goes missing from a Canadian "bank." Except for the victims, outrage is missing, too.
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U.S.-China trade talks are about much more than trade: Don Pittis

Canada watches from the sidelines as Trump extends deadline, but there's a lot more than trade riding on the current round of negotiations between China and the United States.
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Low-key U.S. Fed chair charms skittish markets with more patience: Don Pittis

Like a whisperer of wild animals, a tired-looking U.S. central banker seems to have developed a knack for soothing skittish markets.
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5 reasons Canadians should care what the Fed does tomorrow: Don Pittis

In some ways, renewed U.S. fears of recession risk could be good news for Canada.
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Don't expect a Venezuela regime change to offer an economic miracle cure: Don Pittis

The revolt of two presidents is no quick fix. Repairing Venezuela's devastated economy will remain a Herculean task — even if Nicolas Maduro agrees to go peacefully.
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Nuclear fusion, a disruptive power source for crowded cities: Don Pittis

Holy grail of power generation, commercial nuclear fusion could be "a decade away" creating a new disruption not just for fossil fuels but for traditional carbon free energy systems.
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A Brexit lesson in economics for Canadians hoping to profit from anger: Don Pittis

Brexit offers an economic warning to Canadians trying to benefit by stoking anger and division.
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No matter the politics, Trump's wall could provide jobs, stimulus if recession strikes: Don Pittis

The biggest benefit from major infrastructure spending comes not in the building stage, but in the long-term return — something experts say Donald Trump's wall may not offer.
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Bank of Canada once again faces the dilemma of a two-speed economy: Don Pittis

As oil weakens and the tech sector booms, it really is a tale of two economies for Canada's chief central banker — with no place to hide from global uncertainty.
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The failure of MaryPoppinomics: Don Pittis

Sure it's a fantasy, but in such volatile economic times, bankers might need to schedule a deprogramming session with their kids after watching Mary Poppins Returns.
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6 things to watch for in Friday's job numbers in Canada and the U.S.: Don Pittis

Tomorrow's employment numbers in Canada and the U.S. will offer some insight into your economic future, Don Pittis writes.