Posted by NationBuilder Support · January 29, 2014 11:16 AM
OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute is delighted to welcome keynotes Julia Gillard and economist Mariana Mazzucato to its inaugural Progress Summit in March.
Canadian-born French National Assemblywoman Axelle Lemaire, Human Rights Campaign's Director of Marketing Anastasia Khoo, former Privy Council Clerk Alex Himelfarb, economist Don Drummond, and others will also take the summit stage to add their voices to debate fairer and more sustainable approaches to building a prosperous 21st century Canadian economy.
"Progressive legislators like Julia Gillard and Axelle Lemaire will offer unique perspectives on cutting-edge ideas," said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith. "Mariana Mazzucato's highly-praised work reinforces the important and positive role of government in enabling innovation and growth."
"The summit is all about bringing together top-notch policy experts to provide an innovative and tangible contribution to the Canadian public policy debate," added Smith. "The participation of well-known Canadians like Alex Himelfarb and Don Drummond underscores the kind of solutions-oriented discussions we're going to be having at the Progress Summit."
The Progress Summit will take place from March 28-30 in Ottawa. The latest speakers list, including keynote speaker biographies and photos, is available online at www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/summit.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · January 27, 2014 11:57 AM
SASKATOON--Barack Obama's 2012 Battleground States Director, Mitch Stewart, is coming to town with the message that positive change is possible through people-centred grassroots action. Stewart will speak at Saskatoon Change Makers, an event co-organized by the Broadbent Institute and Upstream that will enhance local community organizing.
"Mitch Stewart has a proven track record as a cutting-edge campaign strategist," says Graham Mitchell, Director of Training and Leadership at the Broadbent Institute. "The Broadbent Institute is proud to support emerging leaders in Saskatoon, and across Canada, by learning from some of the best campaigners at home and abroad."
"We are delighted to be working together with the Broadbent Institute to bring positive change to Saskatoon," added Upstream Director Ryan Meili. "This evening is a great example of the kind of evidence-based, people-centred approach to change at the core of Upstream's work to build a healthy society."
Other speakers will include Ryan Meili of Upstream, Max FineDay, President of the University of Saskatchewan Student Union and Next Up alumnus, and Erica Lee of Idle No More.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · October 28, 2013 6:26 AM
The Broadbent Institute today announced the launch of PressProgress, a new project to advance progressive solutions for Canada with hard-hitting news and analysis.
Pressprogress.ca cuts through the day’s political spin with facts and an informed point of view. From punchy blog posts to a daily web roundup of progressive news and views, PressProgress is a must-read to spur positive change.
“As the policy debate heats up in advance of the 2015 federal election, PressProgress will be one of the ways the Institute contributes to that debate,” said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith.
The launch of PressProgress continues to build on the Institute’s work, including the rapidly expanding training and leadership program.
“PressProgress is another avenue for the Institute to press for progressive change,” said Smith. “With a strong voice and blunt analysis, people can count on PressProgress to be hard-hitting, progressive, and always focused on the facts -- whether talking about the economy, the environment, or democratic renewal.”
Posted by NationBuilder Support · September 03, 2013 9:55 AM
The Broadbent Institute today announced the launch of its Green Economy initiative, an ongoing project focused on tackling the increasingly-urgent need to build a sustainable economy that offers Canadians good jobs.
Accompanying the launch of this new initiative is an expanded online home for the Institute's training and leadership program and a new brand identity that reflects the organization’s expanding role as a catalyst for progressive social change.
"Canadians are rightly concerned about the daunting challenges that threaten our long-term health and prosperity," said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith. "Unfortunately, successive Canadian governments have spurned pressing ecological concerns and focused instead on narrow, short-term growth policies and the dismantling of the laws and regulations created to protect the environment."
Instead of making policies as though economic imperatives and environmental sustainability are at odds, the Broadbent Institute is calling for a better focus on the development of new green industries to create good jobs and globally competitive companies that can fuel Canada’s long-term economic growth.
"The creation of a sustainable, productive economy will necessitate investments in renewable energy and clean technologies and the regulation of harmful pollutants -- including and beyond carbon," said Smith. "We owe it to ourselves, and to future generations, to show sustainable economic leadership."
Posted by NationBuilder Support · April 21, 2013 7:17 PM
Broadbent Institute releases new report: “Union Communities, Healthy Communities”
OTTAWA--The right-wing’s regressive anti-union rhetoric and U.S. styled attacks on the labour movement threatens Canada’s prosperity, says a new report by the Broadbent Institute. The report, Union Communities, Healthy Communities debunks the conservative movement’s attacks on labour and makes the case that unions are vital to stable economic growth.
"The current right-wing attack on the labour movement is part of an attack on all progressives in Canada,” explained Executive Director Rick Smith. “Unions have been a major force for a more democratic, inclusive and sustainable Canada, and the progressive movement as a whole must strongly defend labour rights."
The report builds on the Broadbent Institute’s Equality Project in highlighting how unions have contributed an equalizing effect and helped to create broad-based prosperity. Unions successfully promoted fair wages, decent working conditions, social programs, and public services which benefit all citizens – not just unionized works.
"Economic research shows that unions are a major force for greater equality, and that a strong labour movement benefits all Canadians,” said Senior Policy Advisor Andrew Jackson. “Unions have been a force for progressive community change.”
In the coming days, the Broadbent Institute will release a series of responses to this paper written by a number of prominent Canadians from outside the trade union movement.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · November 13, 2012 3:52 AM
OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute is excited to welcome Dr. Rick Smith as its new Executive Director. Smith will take the helm of the rapidly-growing think-tank from Kathleen Monk, who will remain with the Institute as Senior Advisor.
“I am delighted to welcome Rick to the team,” said Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent. “Rick is a talented organization-builder with a proven track record of positive growth in the Canadian not-for-profit community.”
Rick Smith joins the Broadbent Institute following nearly ten years as Executive Director of Environmental Defence, a leading Canadian charity with a focus on pollution reduction and human health. He is co-author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, a bestselling 2009 book on the negative effects of toxic chemicals in everyday life.
With a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, and history of work with a variety of progressive organizations, Smith’s career has been equal parts policy and politics. A strong proponent of the "green economy", Smith is one of the founders, with the United Steelworkers, of Blue Green Canada. He also played a central role in the creation of the Ontario Greenbelt, the largest in the world, and the Ontario Green Energy and Green Economy Act.
“Through its training of young activists, creation of high quality social democratic policy research, and commitment to leading public debate on those questions most critical to Canada’s future, the Broadbent Institute is rendering an important service to our country. I look forward to all that our growing team will achieve in the years ahead,” said Smith.
“As our founding Executive Director, Kathleen Monk has provided energetic, commendable leadership and built a solid foundation upon which the Broadbent Institute can continue to grow,” explained Broadbent. “On behalf of the Board I want to thank Kathleen for staying on as Senior Advisor as we embark on this next phase of the Institute’s future.”
Rick Smith will begin his work at the Broadbent Institute on January 7, 2013.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · October 25, 2012 4:03 AM
OTTAWA—Following the release of Towards a More Equal Canada, a discussion paper on income inequality, the Broadbent Institute has published the first of a series of responses to the report from a number of academics and politicians. This first round of responses includes opinions by Senator Hugh Segal and academics Luc Turgeon and Katherine Scott. Alongside the paper, these newly-released responses represent the next step in the Institute’s Equality Project.
“The public response to our paper has been tremendous,” says Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent. “We are at a critical time in our history; it is more important than ever that we have a national discussion on income inequality.”
An Environics poll commissioned by the Broadbent Institute shows that Canadians are ready to challenge income inequality: 77% believe that income inequality is a major problem for Canada, and a clear majority – including a majority of Conservative voters – are willing to protect our social programs, even if it means paying higher taxes. 9 out of 10 respondents agreed that reducing income inequality should be a priority for the federal government.
“Canadians are prepared to have this discussion,” explained Broadbent. "It is my hope that these responses to our paper will prompt a wider national debate on the political choices that can reduce, or exacerbate, inequality."
Posted by NationBuilder Support · October 08, 2012 2:13 AM
OTTAWA—Launching the next phase of its Equality Project, the Broadbent Institute has released a new discussion paper, “Towards a More Equal Canada”, which analyses the causes of, and proposes solutions to, income inequality. The paper follows the springtime publication of a Broadbent Institute-commissioned Environics poll on income inequality that shows Canadians overwhelmingly support taking action to alleviate our growing inequality problem.
“What kind of Canada do we want to live in? What kind of Canada do we want to leave to the next generation?” asked Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent. “The current rise of extreme income inequality must now be reversed. Canadians need to take action, and demand that their governments take action on income inequality.”
The Environics poll conducted earlier this year shows that Canadians are ready to challenge income inequality: 77% believe that income inequality is a major problem for Canada, and a clear majority – including a majority of Conservative voters – are willing to protect our social programs, even if it means paying higher taxes. 9 out of 10 respondents agreed that reducing income inequality should be a priority for the federal government.
“Drafted in consultation with some of Canada’s leading thinkers and policy experts, I hope that this paper will stimulate a serious national discussion on extreme income inequality, and what to do about it,” added Broadbent. “We are facing a serious and growing inequality problem, and the time is now to re-balance our priorities.”
In the coming weeks, the Broadbent Institute will release a series of responses to this paper written by a number of prominent Canadians from across the political spectrum.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · September 27, 2012 11:06 PM
TORONTO—Ed Broadbent is calling on Canadians to take action on income inequality. During a speech last night to a packed room of Economic Inequality.ca supporters in Toronto, the Broadbent Institute founder challenged Canadians to demand leadership from their governments in reducing inequality.
“The rise of extreme income inequality over the past two decades of major political, economic, and social change has taken us too far in the wrong direction,” explained Broadbent. “Values and politics clearly matter. Canadians can have a more equal, fair and just society, but we need to make better political choices.”
A majority of Canadians are ready to take action. The Broadbent Institute conducted research earlier this year which shows that 77% of Canadians are concerned about growing inequality, and are ready to do their share – including 2 of 3 Canadians who are willing to pay higher taxes to protect our social programs.
“Extreme income inequality is the result of the rise of precarious and low-paying jobs combined with a growing ‘winner-take-all’ corporate culture,” added Broadbent. “I call on Canadians across the country to demand that their governments take meaningful action to reduce inequality now.”
To launch the next phase of the Equality Project, the Broadbent Institute will release a new paper on income inequality in the coming weeks.
The Broadbent Institute seeks to equip the next generation of progressive thinkers and activists with the ideas and tools they need to build a more progressive Canada.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · July 24, 2012 9:55 PM
OTTAWA- A new social media initiative provides a forum for Canadians to share how Jack Layton's message of love, hope, and optimism lives on.
Spearheaded by the Broadbent Institute, the Dear Jack initiative is supported by the Layton family and people across the country.
"Jack showed us that being compassionate and loving in politics can and will lead to success. I've seen Canadians across the country embrace Jack's message. I'm excited to see his legacy recognized through DearJack.ca," said Olivia Chow, Layton's widow.
Jack Layton stepped down as Leader of the Official Opposition one year ago today. His remarkable career, determined battle with cancer, and powerful parting letter inspired Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
"This is an inspiring way for Canadians to come together to express how Jack's work lives on," said Kathleen Monk, Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute.
Expressions in words, pictures, and video can be posted at DearJack.ca. Tweets featuring the hashtags #dearjack and #cherjack will also appear on the site; a Dear Jack Facebook page supplements the campaign.
"My family has been deeply touched by the support of Canadians over the past year. Every day, people strive to make this country even better, just as my dad encouraged us all to do in his last letter. DearJack.ca is a powerful platform for expressing how we're affecting change and for inspiring one another", said Mike Layton.
On August 22, family and friends of Jack Layton will commemorate the one year anniversary of Jack Layton's passing in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square where multimedia highlights from the Dear Jack initiative will be screened. Other commemorative grassroots events are expected to take place across Canada the same day.