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An unexpected consequence of the pandemic: Poverty declined sharply in Canada

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The future of growth

July/August 2022 Issue

As the impacts of climate change remind us of the quiet, and not so quiet, limits of growth, this issue of The Monitor examines growth through the lens of inclusion, sustainability and well-being. It’s chock full of insights, including: What’s so bad about growth? Randy Robinson’s must-read guest editorial focuses on a real tension: we’re taught to think growth is good, but it has its downsides.

The July/August Monitor also includes the latest edition of Our Schools / Our Selves. It focuses on how the privatization of our public schools has become normalized. But the other side of the discussion is about the power and potential of public investment in our schools and communities. You cannot build social change on a foundation of what effectively amounts to party favours. If we do not lift each other up without payment or incentive, wondering: "what's in it for me?" then it’s not progress at all.

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6 things you need to know about income inequality in Canada
July 20, 2022

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.

Hunt for interprovincial trade barriers is stalling Canada’s post-pandemic reconstruction
August 8, 2022

Hunt for interprovincial trade barriers is stalling Canada’s post-pandemic reconstruction

Trade agreement doesn't age well in a post-pandemic reality, with little mention of worker protections, environmental policy, or critical infrastructure.

Canada’s fight against inflation: Bank of Canada could induce a recession
July 5, 2022

Canada’s fight against inflation: Bank of Canada could induce a recession

History tells us that the Bank of Canada has a 0% success rate in fighting inflation by quickly raising interest rates. If a pilot told me that they’d only ever attempted a particular landing three times in the past 60 years with a 0% success rate, that’s not a plane I’d want to be on. Unfortunately, that looks likes the plane all Canadians are on now.

Unearth this buried treasure: adult education in Manitoba

Unearth this buried treasure: adult education in Manitoba

When she was 34 years old and a single mother of four living on social assistance in a large public housing complex in Winnipeg’s North End, Aja Oliver saw a sign at a community centre for an Adult Learning Centre. She had not finished high school, had struggled, as did everyone in her family, with the many complexities of life in poverty, and was fed up with being on social assistance. She ventured in. Her life has not been the same since.

How public funding for private options reinforces school segregation in Quebec

How public funding for private options reinforces school segregation in Quebec

Erika Shaker, in conversation with Anne Plourde, researcher at l’Institut de Recherche et d’Informations Socioéconomiques (IRIS)

Truth bomb: Corporate sector winning the economic recovery lottery; workers falling behind

Truth bomb: Corporate sector winning the economic recovery lottery; workers falling behind

This isn’t a workers’ wage-led recovery; in fact, inflation is eating into workers’ wages, diminishing their ability to recover from the pandemic recession. Corporate profits are capturing more economic growth than in any previous recession recovery period over the past 50 years.

Could decolonizing policy redress environmental injustice and racism?

Could decolonizing policy redress environmental injustice and racism?

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is the matriarch of environmental legislation in Canada. But it’s been over 20 years since it’s been revised. And environmental advocacy groups have a lot to say about what changes could advance environmental justice and equity in Canada via Bill S-5.

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