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The crisis in the care economy shows no sign of letting up

Bumpy Ride #6: Workers in the care economy have been battered over the past two years, and that crisis shows no signs of slowing.

Feminist Leadership makes all the difference in CUPE strike

The labour movement is a women’s movement. Bringing a feminist perspective to labour makes it stronger.

The pandemic has accelerated the exit of older workers

Bumpy Ride #4: A new trend is emerging—women workers taking early retirement, especially in pandemic-affected industries.

Low-wage workers are most exposed to spiralling costs

Bumpy Ride #3: Fall 2022 labour force data shows that pandemic-vulnerable sectors still have not recovered from COVID-19.

A tale of two pandemics: the rich and the rest of us

On the whole, Canada’s richest one per cent got a decent raise in the first year of the pandemic; the bottom 50 per cent? Not so much.

The racialized employment gap is narrowing but barriers persist

Bumpy Ride #2: Looking at the racialized employment gap among women workers in the Fall 2022 labour force data

Women’s employment rate trending below spring highs

Bumpy Ride #1: Labour market data from Fall 2022 shows an uneven recovery for women workers.

Five things to know about Ontario’s strikebreaking law

The Ontario government just declared war on the constitutionally protected right to strike, using the notwithstanding clause.

An unexpected consequence of the pandemic: Poverty declined sharply in Canada

Pandemic supports, mostly from the federal government, contributed to the largest one-year reduction in poverty in nearly 50 years.

6 things you need to know about income inequality in Canada

Income inequality went down between 2015 and 2020, thanks to government supports. But COVID-19 economic shutdowns threw a wrench into the works.

Unearth this buried treasure: adult education in Manitoba

When she was 34 years old and a single mother of four living on social assistance in a large public housing complex in Winnipeg’s North End, Aja Oliver saw a sign at a community centre for an Adult Learning Centre. She had not finished high school, had struggled, as did everyone in her family, with the many complexities of life in poverty, and was fed up with being on social assistance. She ventured in. Her life has not been the same since.

Centralize, digitize, privatize: unpacking Ontario’s welfare reforms

Changes open the system up to privatization by for-profit multinationals

Freedom from what?

On January 28, the city of Ottawa changed forever as a hate-fuelled convoy set up camp for what would become a 26-day occupation.

Grow through what you go through

Addressing and sorting through the Freedom Convoy's wreckage is a job that belongs to all white people in Canada.

Call for pitches: September/October 2022: Uncovering the role of REITs

38% of households in Canada rent their homes. So why isn't more attention paid to the investors who control up to one third of Canada's rental housing stock?

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