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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.

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.

We need more public ownership in Canada’s telecom sector

Last Friday’s Rogers’ network outage should be a warning to us all: it’s time to change how we do telecommunications in this country.

Rising inflation exposes the gap between the richest and poorest

The rapid rise in inflation in Canada—and around the world—is significantly cutting into household income. Inflation reached 7.7% this May, its highest level since 1983.

​​Citizenship education: It’s about more than the curriculum

It’s been a few months since I defended my dissertation on provincial public education policies in Canada (particularly in relation to students and citizenship) and I’ve had some time to both (not) think about, and reflect on my research with a little bit of distance.

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.

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.

What’s so bad about growth?

All of us are trained from an early age to be big fans of growth. We want children to grow. We want flowers to grow. We want gardens and trees and crops to grow. Growth is good, that’s the idea.

Making a living in Saskatchewan

This year the CCPA Saskatchewan office released our living wage calculations, hot on the heels of the provincial government’s decision to raise what is currently Canada’s lowest minimum wage at $11.81 per hour to $15 per hour over the next two years.

Barriers and opportunities: how Canadian activists see degrowth

Degrowth is a social movement and field of research founded on the premise that perpetual economic growth is incompatible with the biophysical limits of our planet.

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

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

MC12: a failure of international health diplomacy

Corporate lobbying and WTO pressure-cooker tactics killed the TRIPS waiver. Countries must find the courage to take on Big Pharma at home.

Non-viable businesses need an"off-ramp"

Throughout the pandemic, many small- and medium-sized businesses have weathered the storm, thanks to federal government help. In his deputation to Canada's federal Industry Committee, David Macdonald says it's time to give those businesses an "off-ramp".

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.

Understanding Inclusive Infrastructure Investment in Canada

The case for embedding inclusion in all infrastructure planning, from start to finish.

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