The Tobin Tax

With Nichola Malim Hall

The Tobin tax, originally suggested by Nobel Laureate economist James Tobin, is also known as "the Financial Transaction Tax", or "the Robin Hood" tax. The idea is to levy a small fee on international financial transactions to create a pool of funds to fight poverty. In these days of soaring debt levels and economic uncertainty, it is seen as a fair way to help balance government budgets, and currently several EU countries are seriously contemplating its imposition. Should we be considering the Tobin Tax in Canada?


About Nichola Malim Hall

Nichola Malim Hall retired nine years ago from directing adult education programs at the University of British Columbia. She is an alumni of UBC, having completed both bachelor and master degrees (specializing in public policy) in Political Science as a mature student, while raising two sons. She has had a variety of careers, including publishing broadcasting and social planning, and has lived and worked in England, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, as well as Canada. In 2008 she won a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her volunteer activities. A past-president of Family Place, the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. and From Grief to Action, she now sits on several boards, does some public speaking, and is particularly interested in citizen participation.


About the Vancouver Conversations

The Vancouver Conversations are held approximately every month (except Christmas and summer) over dinner in a small private dining room at a Gastown restaurant. The Conversation leaders are from our local group and topics are chosen by group members. We all order and pay for our own food and drink, along with a 17% gratuity to include the rental of a private dining room.

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Please RSVP with Karin Weidner at if you would like to attend the February 21 Conversation, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, upstairs at the Water Street Café (corner of Water St. and Cambie St. across from the Steam Clock).


Date: February 21, 2013
Location: Water Street Cafe, corner of Cambie St., Vancouver
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
RSVP: Karin Weidner - or call: 604-551-1822
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