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Recharging North America: The Trade Issue

November/December 2022 Issue

It’s no fun saying we told you so, but today the sad signs that we were right are unmistakable—from unmitigated climate change to stagnating incomes to widening inequality in much of the world. This issue of the Monitor looks at the cracks in the neoliberal consensus with respect to trade—including in the United States—and how Canada should respond.

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After neoliberalism, a progressive globalization?
October 26, 2022

After neoliberalism, a progressive globalization?

The institutions of global economic governance can be retooled to advance social and environmental justice

The racialized employment gap is narrowing but barriers persist
November 16, 2022

The racialized employment gap is narrowing but barriers persist

Bumpy Ride #2: Looking at the racialized employment gap among women workers in the Fall 2022 labour force data

Five things to know about Ontario’s strikebreaking law
November 3, 2022

Five things to know about Ontario’s strikebreaking law

The Ontario government just declared war on the constitutionally protected right to strike, using the notwithstanding clause.

Ontario finances don’t justify attack on wages

Ontario finances don’t justify attack on wages

Provincial revenues are up dramatically of late—Queen’s Park can afford to bargain fairly

Pressure’s on Canada’s grocery giants

Pressure’s on Canada’s grocery giants

They’ve been enjoying excess profits throughout the pandemic.

Where will Scott Moe draw the Line?

Where will Scott Moe draw the Line?

The Saskatchewan government's Drawing the Line: Defending Saskatchewan’s Economic Autonomy is more a political document that doesn't bode well for Scott Moe's government or those that live under it.

Educators are parents. Parents are workers. And facts are facts.

Educators are parents. Parents are workers. And facts are facts.

Ontario’s political rhetoric creates divisions where, in reality, none exist.

CETA at five: working as intended but not as promised

CETA at five: working as intended but not as promised

In some areas, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is worse than we predicted. We present five reasons why we’re not celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Show me the money: It’s not a worker shortage, it’s a wage shortage

Show me the money: It’s not a worker shortage, it’s a wage shortage

Two-thirds of job postings are offering wages that are too low to entice applicants. Employers are going to have to be more competitive to fill those jobs.

Putting an end to the student debt sentence

Putting an end to the student debt sentence

Student debt forgiveness has sparked hope in the U.S. Canada should pay attention.

6 things you need to know about income inequality in Canada

6 things you need to know about income inequality in Canada

Income inequality went down between 2015 and 2020, thanks to government supports. But COVID-19 economic shutdowns threw a wrench into the works.

The financialization of rental housing in Canada

The financialization of rental housing in Canada

Canada is experiencing a permanent rental housing affordability crisis, which has only intensified since the COVID-19 pandemic began. At the same time, we’re seeing a greater consolidation of rental housing apartments by financial firms, accelerating the “financialization of rental housing,” a trend underway in Canada since the 1990s.

Cost of food at a crisis level

Cost of food at a crisis level

As we grapple with yet another wave of COVID, the parallel poverty crisis in Toronto has been exacerbated past its breaking point and will have enduring societal impacts.

Power, profit, and the politics of inflation

Power, profit, and the politics of inflation

The Consumer Price Index (the major measure of inflation) rose 8.1 per cent in June compared to last year—the biggest jump in almost 40 years.

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance

On October 24, CCPA senior economist David Macdonald presented to the Standing Committee on Finance for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2023 Budget

A Grey Tsunami: Canada’s great retirement wave

A Grey Tsunami: Canada’s great retirement wave

The pandemic labour market phenomenon in the U.S. might be the “great resignation” as people quit their jobs in droves. In Canada, it’s more like the “great retirement” as the Boomers make their exit from the workforce.

Using trade preferences to raise labour standards and protect human rights

Using trade preferences to raise labour standards and protect human rights

Canada’s trade preference programs should be improved to raise living standards and improve working conditions and environmental policies

Anti-trans groups are targeting schools

Anti-trans groups are targeting schools

Anti-trans groups are trying to ignite a culture war in schools. Here’s what’s at stake – and what we can do.

Queen's Park is richer than it admits

Queen's Park is richer than it admits

The Ontario government is underestimating 2022-23 revenues by a whopping $10 billion. Rather than recording a predicted deficit, the province is on track to be in surplus territory by the spring.

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