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COVID-19

Fighting on all fronts

The pandemic has exacerbated the existing crisis that migrants live in as a result of being denied basic rights and protections.

Investments in the care economy a missed opportunity in Nova Scotia budget

The pandemic has exposed the disastrous result of government cuts to vital investments, especially in health care and long-term care. Does the latest budget undo the damage?

Are multinational companies owed compensation for COVID-19 emergency measures?

In the context of COVID-19, state restrictions requiring businesses to close, price controls over health equipment, and emergency support programs could all give rise to costly investor–state dispute settlement suits.

Ontario pandemic school funding: a board-by-board, school-by-school analysis

What’s the true story about what's happening at Ontario’s schools during the pandemic? Ricardo Tranjan examines funding across the province, school board by school board.


Ontario budget: Tax hikes are the only sustainable option

Don’t expect any big surprises in the March 24th Ontario budget. The top-line numbers in the document are already well known, more or less, and so is the government that will deliver it.

Costing the recovery

David Macdonald's presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance on March 18, 2021 regarding Bill C-14 and COVID-19 spending.

Women – the real economic shock absorbers in Canada’s economy

The COVID-19 pandemic is shaping up to be a significant setback for women’s economic security, and those facing intersecting systemic discrimination are suffering the largest and most profound losses and face the greatest difficulties emerging from the crisis.

Balanced budget painted Saskatchewan into a corner

Who could have predicted that a pandemic would be so unpredictable?

Responses to the crisis in women’s employment: Do they measure up?

Governments need to step up to address both the immediate economic needs the pandemic has created and the longer-term, equitable recovery this crisis requires.

Ten things to know about the 2021 Alberta budget

Here are 10 things worth knowing about the latest Alberta budget, its major changes to spending and taxation, and its projected deficit of $18.2 billion.

Are you with us now? Questions for the new Nova Scotia Premier

As we remain in a state of emergency going on a year, here are our questions for the new premier of Nova Scotia.

Frontlined and sidelined: The year COVID-19 upended women’s economic security

The celebration of International Women’s Day and upcoming federal Budget affords an opportunity to take stock of the devastation that has unfolded over the past year – and imagine a better, more inclusive and just future.

Will Canada’s Federal Budget meet the COVID-19 Challenge?

A year ago, COVID-19 crashed the world economy. How and where the federal government invests now will determine if we "Build Back Better" or allow rampant inequality to persist.

Our “right to housing” needs some teeth

While homeless encampments serve as some of the most jarring visual depictions of Canada’s housing crisis, they are not the only manifestation of the problem.

Waiting to count

We know the value of disaggregated data. So why are 2SLGBTQQIA+ experiences still missing from government data collection?

No plan, big problem

The pandemic response is showing that undermining state planning capacity for four decades has resulted in states with low planning capacity. Who could have expected this?

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