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The border closings have done enormous damage to Canada’s reputation at the worst possible time

If Canadians wanted to let a few truckers and their friends clog the streets of downtown Ottawa and blow horns in the name of free speech, that was their business. But the moment protesters blocked the U.S. border crossing at Coutts, Alta., on Jan. 29, the RCMP should have hauled them away and…

Why Gains for U.S. Workers Are Good for the World

For half a century, America’s wage problem has also been the world’s trade problem. Since the mid-1970s, the United States has stood out among rich countries for its …

Donald Trump's dubious attack on U.S.-Canada trade

Most of the time, Canada isn’t the biggest target of ire for American politicians. But in a speech to governors on Feb. 26, President Donald Trump took aim at the country’s neighbors to the north, calling out the balance of trade between the two nations.

On trade, …

Western to Host Economist Edward Alden May 8 2017-04-10
CRTC at a crossroads

The regulation of Canada's broadcasting sector by the CRTC is at a crossroads. Technological change, especially the proliferation of streaming video over the Internet, or so-called over-the-top (OTT) broadcasting, is seriously challenging the viability of the regulatory model that's…

SBDC, WWU, Port of Bellingham to Co-Host Seminar on the Future of Business in China April 8 at Western 2016-03-15
Five Things to Watch as Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau Visits Washington

Less than six months after leading his Liberal Party to a decisive victory over Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, 44-year old Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Washington, D.C. for meetings and a formal State Dinner March 10 hosted by President Barack Obama. The visit will be more…

New study revives interest in Blaine train stop

The idea of a passenger rail stop in White Rock may have ground to a halt years ago – but the concept is still alive and kicking just across the border for the City of Blaine, Wash.

Blaine, which began pursuing the idea in earnest again last year, is receiving help from economics students…

WWU students learn about business in real-world setting

It takes a lot of legwork to gather information on a potential international market, but there are students chomping at the bit to do it.

Students in Western Washington University’s International Business Projects class recently finished helping a couple of local businesses and a public…

Western students report on Blaine train stop

Three Western Washington University (WWU) students spoke to a crowd of curious residents about the feasibility of a passenger train stop in Blaine.

Michelle Anderson-Irons, Joe Glithero and Lora Sonnen, three students in WWU’s international business program, presented their evaluation in…

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