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Patrick Luciani

About Patrick Luciani

Patrick Luciani holds senior fellowships at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. He is the co-founder of the Salon Speakers series in Toronto and writes on economic, urban, and health policy issues for various publications. Patrick is also the co-writer of the award winning book “XXL: Obesity and the limits of Shame” published by University of Toronto Press 2011.

Italy is on the verge of damaging the EU in a way that will dwarf Brexit

By | December 8th, 2016|Commentary|

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) • Financial Post, 8 December 2016 Rarely does a chance come along to shift a nation’s fortunes by changing its constitution. Italy had that chance and, in the process, could rid itself of an elite and bloated public administration and effectively abolish one branch of government — the Senate [...]

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The tyranny of the anti-CETA minority

By | November 2nd, 2016|Commentary|

By PATRICK LUCIANI (Research Fellow) • Financial Post, 01 Nov 2016 It looks as if the Belgians are waking to the reality of the mess they’ve made in opposing the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA. But don’t think the problems created by little Wallonia are going away. The Walloons are pointing to how things [...]

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Trump’s business experience actually makes him really dangerous to the economy

By | August 4th, 2016|Commentary|

In his Financial Post column, AIMS Research Fellow Patrick Luciani debunks the notion that experience in business portends well for executive political power. For instance, Donald Trump's business success in gambling and real estate industries came at the "fringes" of free markets, giving him a skewed understanding of economic policy. Read this article on the [...]

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Junk Science Week: Sugar’s not making us fatter … but the decline of smoking is

By | June 16th, 2016|Commentary|

In his Financial Post column, AIMS Fellow Patrick Luciani examines the scientific literature on sugar, suggesting that it may not be the singular culprit for obesity that some fad diet believe it to be. In fact, the greatest single fault for gain in weight appears to be declining smoking rates. Read the full piece on [...]

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Soda tax would leave Canadians poorer, but no healthier

By | May 12th, 2016|Commentary|

In his Financial Post column, AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani addresses asinine soda taxes. "Advocates keep insisting that taxes are just one policy ... to be implemented to help fight obesity. But if we know taxes don’t work, why do these people insist on pushing them on us at all?" Read the full article on [...]

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Corporate social responsibility has gone off the rails

By | April 27th, 2016|Commentary|

AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani argues in the Financial Post that today's in-vogue language about corporate social responsibilities is bunk. "Why are businesses so ashamed to admit they’re in business to make money?" he asks, when "people-before-profits is just code for increasing the costs of goods for all of us." Read this article in the [...]

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This Easter, be grateful for the moneychangers

By | March 30th, 2016|Commentary|

In the Financial Post, AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani argues that Bernie Sanders is channeling a well-rehearsed ignorance of the capitalist system, one that finds its roots in the Gospels. Like their authors, Sanders and the Bishop of Rome mistake financial success and the market itself as avenues of greed. With Easter approaching, this is [...]

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How Cuba was destroyed

By | March 1st, 2016|Commentary|

Now that President Obama has opened relations with Cuba, and plans to visit this month, Canadians are saying, “Let’s get down there before Americans ruin the place.” Too late: the ruin began with the 1959 revolution. Many Canadians’ understanding of modern Cuba come from scenes in Godfather II where the mafia, and a military dictatorship [...]

The end of growth could mean the death of Davos Man

By | February 4th, 2016|Commentary|

Now that the 45th Davos World Economic Forum is behind us for another year, the question is: Does Davos even matter anymore? Getting 2,500 top business and political leaders together each January in a resort in Switzerland isn’t a bad idea if they can give us outsiders an idea of how the world economy will [...]

Do City Rankings Carry any Real Value?

By | March 9th, 2015|Commentary|

AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani discusses whether city rankings carry any real value when considering the wide variety of city ranking lists and their sources.

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