As Fall comes to an end, we are on the threshold of one of the year’s most joyous times. Diwali, Thanksgiving, Navratri, Dussehra, Christmas, and New Year are all knocking on our doorstep. We look forward to the festive season all year long, especially when it has been an incredibly stressful period as this year has been for many of us.
“The biggest piece of advice I can give anyone, in any role, is to learn how to influence people to change their behavior. I took some conflict resolution courses as part of my Masters, and it taught me that the secret to solving issues was to ensure that you are truly listening to what someone’s concerns or issues are before you try and come up with solutions. It’s something I try and teach my kids as well. The pandemic is really bringing that into focus.”
Two troubling questions lurk behind the results of the Fraser Institute’s 2020 Economic Freedom of the World report, released Sept. 10.
This year’s report is based on 2018 data (the most recent available). By 2018, global economic freedom had recovered from the 2008 financial crisis and was at its highest level ever, albeit by just a bit. Canada was among the top 10 economically-free countries. Hong Kong was number one—where it’s been since the first ranking was released in 1970.