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Jonathan Sas

Jonathan Sas takes on the role of Director of Research after spending 2012/13 as a Sauvé Scholar in Montreal researching the changing dynamics of Canada’s media landscape.

The former editor of The Mark News, his reporting and commentary have appeared in The Tyee,Maisonneuve, National Post, Alternet, J-source, Rabble, and other outlets. Before entering journalism, Jonathan worked as a research coordinator in health policy and health promotion for the Ontario Medical Association.

He holds an M.A. in political science from the University of British Columbia, where he focused on global environmental politics. An environmentalist, unrepentant news junky, theory nerd, and rabid Habs fan, he’s happiest when spending time with friends and family.

Posts & Activities by Jonathan Sas


  • The case against privatization and P3s

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    When the Liberal party campaigned and won in 2015 on making significant new investments in infrastructure, there was cause for optimism.

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  • Whiteness trouble: the Left's challenge after Trump

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    The speed, scale and ferocity of racist attacks across the United States in the wake of Trump’s victory are revealing. Doubly revealing, in fact.

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  • On reconciliation, the government can and must do more

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    A year has passed since the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa — a brief moment of self-reflection that punctured through a stubborn, willful and long-standing national blindness. 

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  • Progressives and the Guaranteed Income Debate

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    Seldom does a social policy idea make headlines for weeks. 

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  • Remembering Stephen Clarkson

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    Not a year since the death of Abe Rotstein, another giant from the University of Toronto's political science department has passed away. Stephen Clarkson died this past Sunday at the age of 78.

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  • Youth unemployment: a dismal situation requires bold action

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    The dog days of summer may yet be upon us, and already youth unemployment is a hot topic of conversation.

    But talk is cheap. The fact is too many young Canadians are set to wade into another long summer, frustrated and anxious about their grim job prospects.

    And little wonder for their anxiety.

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  • Who wins with income splitting?

    If Stephen Harper’s goal was to design a tax policy to make income inequality in this country even worse, he can pat himself on the back. That’s exactly what the Conservatives’ family income-splitting tax scheme will do.

    Research from various organizations across the political spectrum has demonstrated already that this tax policy, projected to cost the federal treasury $3 billion in 2015, would be an expensive and inequitable tax giveaway.

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  • Labour Day: we can have the kind of Canada we want

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    The last long weekend of summer is upon us. 

    On Monday, Canadians from coast to coast will enjoy Labour Day, a last dash of sun (we hope) before the days quickly shorten and the leaves begin to transform. 

    Labour Day, of course, is much more than a statutory holiday; welcome time off at the turn of the season. It’s a day set aside to acknowledge the triumphs of worker’s rights and commemorate what has been achieved through the collective efforts of many generations of Canadians. 

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  • Plus ça change... why Stephen Harper's cabinet shuffle disappoints

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    Here are five important takeaways from today’s Cabinet shuffle. As the old saying goes, 'plus ca change, plus c'est la même chose'.

    1. Economic (In)action Plan

    Canadians hoping the government would signal willingness to address pressing economic concerns such as growing inequality, rising youth unemployment, a manufacturing crisis, and the rise of precarious work will be disappointed.

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  • So much for an independent public service

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    This screen grab taken from the Canada Revenue Agency website today promotes a post describing how the "Harper Government's Low-Tax Plan Benefits Canadian Families". It is part of a disturbing pattern of behavior.

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  • Wettlaufer, Lou Schizas, and the myth of post-feminism

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    Yesterday, Toronto Star journalist Ashley Csanady reacted on Twitter to a controversial U.K. study that found that women around the world, including Canada, are less knowledgeable about current affairs and politics than men are:

    I all too often find my female friends (outside of journalism circles) far far less engaged and informed about current affairs

    — Ashley Csanady (@AshleyCsanady) July 3, 2013

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  • Obama's climate action — and Harper's moral failure

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    For Canadians who care deeply about acting to stave off dangerous climate change, President Obama’s landmark speech today outlining his administration’s climate action plan likely induced mixed feelings: delight to see the President speak so clearly and resolutely about the moral obligation to take action and to back those sentiments up with some concrete action. And distress at the clear contrast in both tone and substance we get from our Federal government here in Canada. 

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  • The common sense proposition of phasing out Alberta's coal plants

    coal.plant_.alberta.jpgRight across Canada and around the world, jurisdictions are moving away from coal-fired electricity generation in favour of cleaner options, and this critical debate has finally come to the mainstream in Alberta.

    The Alberta NDP has reignited this much-needed discussion with its platform commitment in the current election to “phase out coal-fired electricity generation to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions and expand cleaner, greener sources, including wind and solar”.

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  • Top 8 progressive changes coming to Alberta

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    The historic results of the Alberta election on Tuesday represent a resounding win for progressives. After more than four decades of conservative rule, here’s a primer on the top eight progressive policies Albertans embraced with the election of a majority NDP government under Rachel Notley. 

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