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'Think like a Beaver': Bridging the generational economic divide

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Mihlar, Fazil
Publication Date: 
19 Sep 2011



Dr. Paul Kershaw, in a new column that begins today on this page, argues that Canada no longer works for all generations. In fact, his analysis suggests that young families with children are being deprived of a chance at a good life because boomers are hogging a lot of public dollars with potentially disastrous consequences for society.

That said, even Kershaw would admit that parents care about their kids, and grandparents are keenly interested in the welfare of their grandchildren. So there is common ground for an amicable discussion and search for solutions.

Kershaw is a farmer morning and night. By day, he is an academic, public speaker, media contributor and volunteer.

In these latter roles, he is one of Canada's leading thinkers about family policy, receiving two national prizes from the Canadian Political Science Association for his research.

At the University of British Columbia, in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, Kershaw is the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Scholar of Social Care, Citizenship and the Determinants of Health.

In launching this series titled "Think Like a Beaver", we hope to start a public dialogue about how we can distribute/invest tax dollars in a more equitable and efficient manner so that all Canadians can aim for the stars.


- reprinted from the Vancouver Sun