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It’s still worth it to unionize in Canada

Across industries, the “union advantage” is undeniable for workers—no matter what employer propaganda says

Ontario is dead last in program spending—again

For every dollar per person spent on programs in other provinces, Ontario spent 75 cents

Sectoral bargaining for child care workers would help fix staffing shortages

If governments want to increase child care availability, they should make changes that make it easier and more effective to unionize the sector

It’s time for the Canada Disability Benefit

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it’s past time to lift people with disabilities out of poverty

Federal crackdown on illegal short-term rentals is good, but not good enough

If the feds are serious about tackling non-compliant Airbnb-type rentals, they should go after the platforms, not just the users

What is a “sustainable job” anyway?

Shift Storm newsletter—October 2023 edition

COP28: Canada needs to tackle fossil fuel financiers head on

As the UN global climate conference begins, it’s time Canada get serious on decarbonization—that means going after fossil fuel finance

Beleaguered federal government unlikely to turn the page with restrained fiscal update

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland talks up housing and affordability while austerity looms

Halifax Regional Municipality needs to fully implement a living wage policy

Time for a Giant Leap Forward for Workers’ Wages in Nova Scotia

Federal anti-scab legislation is a big win for workers

Banning replacement workers in federally regulated industries will remove one of the employers’ most unfair tools against collective bargaining

Anti-Scab legislation does not increase strikes, despite corporate propaganda

There’s no evidence that banning replacement workers makes strikes longer. Employer organizations simply want to keep using scabs.

The rich “won” the pandemic: Income inequality skyrocketed in 2021

New data shows what observers long suspected—the rich took advantage of the pandemic to fill their bank accounts

The fight over carbon pricing is missing the point

Carbon pricing fight a dangerous distraction from real climate policy

How Biden’s digital trade rethink adds pressure to re-renegotiate NAFTA

We should use the six-year renewal of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement to strip out Trump-era language benefiting big tech oligarchs. Then keep pushing.

Budget 2024: Canada needs to go all-in on green industrial policy

Prepared remarks for Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2024 Budget

Bill C-35 is a chance for the feds to fully implement accessible childcare—if they do it right

Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology consideration of Bill C-35