What can Canada accomplish in the next century? A birthday wish list for The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail | 3/4/2019 | Staff
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On March 5, 1844, George Brown – a Father of Confederation – launched the Toronto Globe, a then-weekly newspaper which became one of the most influential publications of its time. In 1936, The Globe acquired a smaller rival, The Mail and Empire, which created The Globe and Mail. Since then, Canadians have relied on The Globe for coverage and insight on the country’s key moments. We’re looking forward to writing the next chapter in Canada’s history, so we asked a number of prominent Canadians: What’s one thing you would like to see Canada accomplish in the next century?

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, LOBLAW COMPANIES LTD.; CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GEORGE WESTON LTD.

Hindsight - Canada - History - Advances - Contributions

They say hindsight is 20/20. Sure enough, looking back, Canada’s history includes admirable domestic advances and global contributions that set us apart. But, like many modern industrial nations, in our pursuit of progress we have damaged the world around us. Today, with experience, information and science at our fingertips, foresight is also increasingly 20/20. And in the distance, I hope to see Canada reverse this trend and become a champion of sustainability.

As the fourth-generation leader of a family business nearly as old as The Globe and Mail itself, I believe Canadians should take a generational view forward. And for those generations, we need to re-engineer how business intersects with the environment, stemming the once-inevitable pollution and destruction caused in pursuit of profit and progress.

Narratives - View - Growth - Sustainability - Odds

Recent narratives have fostered a view that economic growth and sustainability are at odds. That simply isn’t true. Companies including ours have shown quite the opposite. Forward-looking efforts, including carbon, plastic and food-waste reductions, not only foreshadow a circular economy, they boost shareholder returns. Our current take-make-waste model for the economy is outdated, and in the future, growing prosperity cannot be linked to growing landfills.

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