We did the math.

Behind the Numbers

Budget outlook: $5 billion in annual tax cuts weaken Ontario’s case for federal dollars

If the provincial government needs more money—and it certainly does—then why has it been giving so much away?

What can governments do to combat inflation? A lot

Tackling inflation can be part of a public-led recovery—it only requires government to reduce or maintain prices in areas they control.

Not all provinces protect their poorest from inflation

Despite the likely transitory nature of this inflation, many of the poorest Canadians won’t be protected.

Where’s Canada’s plan to end gender-based violence?

The pandemic took a precarious situation and made it worse

All across Canada, children are growing up in poverty

We mapped out child poverty rates across Canada.

A $15 minimum wage: Workers paid a steep price for the three-year delay

Minimum wage workers could ill-afford the cost of these lost wages.

The pandemic isn’t over, but key supports are about to end

More than 1.5 million workers could be affected by the wind down of pandemic supports

Tipping point: Pandemic forced restaurant and bar workers into better paying jobs

The consequences of low wages for job vacancy rates have worsened for low-wage employers.

Underspending at Queen’s Park should set off alarms

At no time in the last decade has an Ontario government underspent its annual targets by 6.6%.

Still no paid sick leave for Nova Scotian workers

A mandatory paid sick leave policy will ensure that all workers have access to paid sick leave, regardless of where they work.

Platform Crunch: Families would save more with $10-a-day child care fees than with tax credits

Only 6,600 families could receive the maximum $6,000 tax refund under the Conservative plan.

Platform Crunch: A $10-a-day national child care plan will mean big savings for parents

If implemented, parent fees would drop by 50 per cent by 2022 and, ultimately, to $10-a-day by 2026.

On the right track: Reflections on the federal-provincial bilateral agreement on early learning and child care in Nova Scotia

With the announced intent to expand access, we must underline the need to build a universal system.

Rushing back to “normal”: Are we leaving the most vulnerable behind?

The rush back to some semblance of normalcy is understandable, but this sentiment can’t blind us to the work ahead.

Keys to tackling the affordable housing crisis in Nova Scotia

Like access to food, clean water, and health care, access to housing is a fundamental right to which all people are entitled.

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