We did the math.

Behind the Numbers

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.

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.

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.

Not all retirement is made equal

A new CCPA report shows that retirement security is colour-coded in Canada

Proposed health cuts would be most severe in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history

In fact, they would be the most severe cuts to health care that any province has implemented, ever.

Budget 2021 falls short on transformational climate action

Given the existential threat posed by climate change, leading climate experts argue that we should be spending 1-2% of GDP—that’s $20-40 billion per year—to aggressively decarbonize. Budget 2021 falls short.

Budget 2021 analysis: Does it deliver?

Federal Budget 2021 was expected to deliver between $70-100B in COVID-19 recovery funds. Does it deliver and will funds be allocated in meaningful ways? Our experts weigh in.

One year later: Canadian billionaire wealth up by $78 billion

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the lives of millions of people in this country, Canadian billionaires have increased their wealth by $78 billion.

Record deficits? You mean record surpluses, for dirt cheap

The interest rate the federal government pays on debt hasn’t been this low since the Second World War (and possibly earlier).

Time to address the cost of poverty in the Atlantic provinces

We are far less likely to recognize households living in poverty as a public health issue, societal crisis or economic problem that we should solve collectively.

What CERB recipients can expect at tax time

The CERB was a critical support for many workers impacted by pandemic closures. For low-wage workers, the benefit funds were likely used to cover critical expenses. As such, it's unlikely that Canadians living below the poverty line will have money set aside for their pending CERB tax bill.

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