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The tale of the dead oil pipeline and the zombie trade agreement

Two NAFTA lawsuits against President Joe Biden’s Keystone cancellation show the threats of investor–state arbitration to climate action

Patching up Canada’s income security net: Lessons from the pandemic

The big question now for Canada is whether, by design or default, we will revert to the “same old, same old” after the crisis.

At the WTO, Canada fiddles while the pandemic rages on

Temporarily suspending trade rules covering COVID-19 vaccines and treatments would speed up the global recovery. Our government has other plans.

As revenues boom, Queen’s Park tightens the screws

The biggest bite will come out of health care.

Next steps for federal housing policy: A look at 2021 election promises

New measures may help somewhat on the margins, but more fundamental changes in tax and regulatory policies will be needed to close the growing gap in housing.

A new trade vision for a Green New Deal

To get the just transition right, we need to defang trade and investment treaties that give polluters a veto on responsible and sustainable economic transformation.

A challenge to the 44th Parliament: Make the global fossil fuel phase-out your legacy

It is time for Canada to step up as a true climate leader by championing an international agreement to phase out all fossil fuels, including oil and gas.

Unfinished Business: Recommendations to the new government for advancing gender equality

Gender equality advocates are under no illusion that there is a fight ahead in communities across the country to realize the tremendous potential of Election 2021.

The false hopes and empty promises of investment treaty modernization

A Canadian company’s successful challenge to a precautionary mining ban in Colombia shows how little investor–state dispute panels care about the right to regulate.

Election planning: Ontario looks to Nova Scotia

Today’s Throne Speech was not a change of course so much as a change of emphasis.

Nova Scotia needs a seniors’ plan that centres conditions of care

We need to build a care economy that recognizes care as a fundamental component of our basic social infrastructure.

Platform Crunch: The Bloc’s election commitments

A dive into what the Bloc Québécois has promised ahead of the 44th Canadian election.

Platform Crunch: The Green Party platform

We dive into what the Green Party has promised ahead of the 44th Canadian election.

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