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Spotlight on Inequality at the Broadbent Institute's Progress Gala

TORONTO—The Broadbent Institute’s Progress Gala is shining the light on the issue of our time with tonight's keynote address on inequality by former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a sought-after business commentator, is one of the North America’s most knowledgeable and persuasive thinkers about the widening inequality of income and wealth. The author of 13 books, Reich is featured in the award-winning...

Renowned Economist Robert Reich to Headline Broadbent Institute Gala

TORONTOThe Broadbent Institute’s second annual Progress Gala, taking place November 20 at Toronto's historic Maple Leaf Gardens, will feature keynote speaker Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. He will be speaking about inequality.

Hugh Segal, Master of the University of Toronto’s Massey College, will conduct a Q&A with Reich following the keynote address to an audience of policy makers and...

Conservatives propose family tax policy for a bygone era

OTTAWA—The Conservative government's new tax package is a throwback to an earlier era that stands to deepen inequality and will do little to alleviate child care costs, the Broadbent Institute says.

The revised income splitting scheme, which will now cap benefits at $2,000 with a price tag of $12.65 billion over six years, remains fundamentally unequal. Half of families with children under 18 – the target of the Mad Men style scheme – will receive no benefit whatsoever, even though the scheme will cost nearly half of the total package announced.

This includes the one...

Right-leaning charities reporting zero "political" activity raises new questions about CRA’s auditing program

Report shows inquiry needed to examine CRA processes to ensure transparency and fairness

OTTAWA—...

Hugh Segal to lead Q&A with former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich at November Gala

OTTAWAThe Broadbent Institute is pleased to announce that Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto, will be interviewing renowned economist and author Robert Reich following Reich's keynote address at the Institute's second annual Progress Gala in November in Toronto.

Segal will join Reich on stage after the Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration makes the case to tackle...

Cutting-edge training program sends Canadian organizers to U.S. midterm election campaigns

OTTAWA—As part of its commitment to supporting the development of a new generation of progressive leaders in Canada, the Broadbent Institute is pleased to announce the second phase of Camp Progress Practicum -- a new hands-on, intensive training and placement opportunity for Canadian campaigners. 

The program is being offered in collaboration with 270 Strategies, a grassroots consulting firm founded by senior strategists from U.S. President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

After five days of intensive grassroots campaign training concludes on Friday in...

New York's youngest assemblywoman, campaign manager showcase winning strategies for women in politics

VANCOUVER—More women need to run for – and win  – elected office, says New York State’s youngest assemblywoman Nily Rozic. She is in Vancouver with her campaign manager, Sally Frank, to speak at a special event showcasing the front and back room of a progressive political victory in New York City.

Off the Sidelines: Elected Women and the Women Who Get Them Elected is being co-hosted by the Broadbent Institute and FrontRunner, a campaign school for young women.

“As a national organization committed to furthering progressive politics in Canada, this is a...

Organizing to win: Upstream director to speak to progressive Whitehorse organizers

Ryan Meili to be joined by Broadbent Institute's Mira Oreck and local progressive leaders

WHITEHORSE—Dr. Ryan Meili, author of A Healthy Society and founding director of Upstream: Institute for a Healthy Society, is coming to town with the message that positive change is possible through people-centred grassroots action. Dr. Meili will speak at Yukon Change Makers, an event co-organized by the Yukon Federation of Labour (YFL), the Broadbent Institute and Upstream that will enhance local community organizing.

"Yukon Change...

New wealth distribution study finds deep and persistent inequality in Canada

OTTAWA—Wealth in Canada is concentrated heavily in the top 10% – with the bottom 50% combined accounting for less than 6% of all wealth, a new study by the Broadbent Institute has found.

The report, titled Haves and Have-Nots, is based on custom Statistics Canada data from the agency's Survey of Financial Security, a snapshot of the distribution of assets, debts and net worth of Canadians. The data provided to the Institute allows for a more detailed analysis using 10% slices of the population called deciles.

“With much of the public debate focused on the...

Broadbent Institute announces Robert Reich as Progress Gala keynote

Author and policy leader to address high-level November event

OTTAWA—Renowned economist and author Robert Reich will be the keynote speaker at the Broadbent Institute's second annual Progress Gala this November in Toronto. Reich, a high-profile business commentator and expert on the income inequality crisis, will make the case for a fairer economic future to an audience of political leaders and policy influencers.

"At a time when income inequality is top of mind for so many Canadians, I couldn't imagine a better Progress Gala...

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