Skip to content

The Monitor Progressive news, views and ideas

Topics

Monitor Print

Recharging North America: The Trade Issue

The neoliberal rules-based international order is straining under pressure. Can we imagine a different, more cooperative and equitable way forward?

Unions win the right to challenge unfair trade practices

Workers achieved a long-fought-for trade victory in the 2022 federal budget: trade unions will soon have the right to file trade complaints against unfair imports, something only domestic producers could do before now.

After neoliberalism, a progressive globalization?

The institutions of global economic governance can be retooled to advance social and environmental justice

CUSMA has shown it can defend labour rights, but is it enough to bring lasting change to Mexican workers?

This July marked the second anniversary of the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Electrifying North American trade

The Biden administration wants to continentalize America’s green industrial renewal. There are risks and potential rewards for Canada.

Hate the high cost of rent? Blame the 1990s.

Bewildered by the high cost of housing? Wondering how we got to this place in Canada? To understand why we’re here now, we need to look back thirty years to policy decisions being made in the early 1990s.

The devil’s crowbar: how the right weaponizes inflation

The brand of turbo-charged capitalism that we call “neoliberalism” arrived in North America on a rising tide of inflation.

The politics of inflation: The good, bad and the ugly

It has been a long, long time since Canadians had to worry about high inflation

Power, profit, and the politics of inflation

The Consumer Price Index (the major measure of inflation) rose 8.1 per cent in June compared to last year—the biggest jump in almost 40 years.

The great unaffordable North

Inflation is coupled with wildfires and loss of infrastructure to create an affordability problem unlike anywhere else in Canada

Inflation and the general ineffectiveness of monetary policy

There is no denying that inflation has become a major economic and political problem, reaching almost double digits in many industrialized countries. Canadians hear about it, and we certainly see it at the pumps and in the grocery stores, with many increasingly struggling to meet their weekly and monthly expenses. The fundamental question that we must ask now is what can our institutions do to bring inflation back down?

The financialization of rental housing in Canada

Canada is experiencing a permanent rental housing affordability crisis, which has only intensified since the COVID-19 pandemic began. At the same time, we’re seeing a greater consolidation of rental housing apartments by financial firms, accelerating the “financialization of rental housing,” a trend underway in Canada since the 1990s.

Cost of food at a crisis level

As we grapple with yet another wave of COVID, the parallel poverty crisis in Toronto has been exacerbated past its breaking point and will have enduring societal impacts.

What’s so bad about growth?

All of us are trained from an early age to be big fans of growth. We want children to grow. We want flowers to grow. We want gardens and trees and crops to grow. Growth is good, that’s the idea.

Making a living in Saskatchewan

This year the CCPA Saskatchewan office released our living wage calculations, hot on the heels of the provincial government’s decision to raise what is currently Canada’s lowest minimum wage at $11.81 per hour to $15 per hour over the next two years.

Barriers and opportunities: how Canadian activists see degrowth

Degrowth is a social movement and field of research founded on the premise that perpetual economic growth is incompatible with the biophysical limits of our planet.

Show your support

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our writers and researchers have provided groundbreaking commentary and analysis that has shaped Canada's response to COVID-19. We've fought for better supports for workers affected by pandemic closures, safer working conditions on the frontline, and more. With the launch of the new Monitor site, we're working harder than ever to share even more progressive news, views and ideas for Canada's road to recovery. Help us grow.

Support the Monitor