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How to address the malaise of the middle-class

This blogpost appeared in the Globe and Mail on February 18th. 

By now, everybody is surely aware that the core commitments of the Liberal federal government are to “build a strong middle-class” and “help those working hard to join it.” But economic progress and social progress over the past three years seems to have been very limited, and it is far from clear that the government is pursuing the best overall strategy to promote higher living standards and greater income equality.

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Divest from Police to Re-Invest in Communities

For Black History Month, the Institute launched a policy series highlighting bold policy solutions in order to tackle anti-Black racism, focusing on the need for intergovernmental action. Each submission proposes a plan for governments to work together to tackle a problem; while serving as a guide for advocates working towards [what should be] our collective effort to eradicate anti-Black racism. 

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Affordable Communities

For Black History Month, the Institute launched a policy series highlighting bold policy solutions in order to tackle anti-Black racism, focusing on the need for intergovernmental action. Each submission proposes a plan for governments to work together to tackle a problem; while serving as a guide for advocates working towards [what should be] our collective effort to eradicate anti-Black racism. 

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Drug Prohibition Reparations

For Black History Month, the Institute launched a policy series highlighting bold policy solutions in order to tackle anti-Black racism, focusing on the need for intergovernmental action. Each submission proposes a plan for governments to work together to tackle a problem; while serving as a guide for advocates working towards [what should be] our collective effort to eradicate anti-Black racism. 

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Bold Policy Proposals To Tackle Anti-Black Racism

For Black people in Canada, some of the most pressing issues and necessary policy changes involve, at times, all three levels of government. By working together, federal, provincial and municipal governments can each play to their strengths while reaping synergistic benefits that better deliver equity and justice to Black Canadians. Known as ‘Intergovernmental Action’, interventions on two or more levels of government are in fact often required in order to achieve meaningful redress, and long-term systemic and institutional change.

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Charting the path to National Pharmacare in Canada

National Pharmacare has been a topic of discussion in Canada for over half a century, yet we remain unique
among the world’s high-income countries with universal health coverage in that we still do not include outpatient prescription drugs in our national benefit package. There is a growing sense that we will never be able to achieve the full potential of universal health coverage without national Pharmacare.

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Are Canadians overtaxed? The equation is complicated

 

 


This blogpost originally appeared in the Globe and Mail. 

Partly fuelled by reports from conservative think-tanks such as the Fraser Institute, many Canadians believe that they are taxed far too heavily and that the tax “burden” has been rising over time. Recently published Statistics Canada data show, in fact, that most individual Canadians pay very low effective rates of personal income tax, and that the tax “burden” has been falling.

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Making progress in tough times: Lessons from 2018

In October, I had a moment with my eldest son that really brought home to me the angst that many progressive people were feeling throughout 2018.

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“Between Two Joints, You Could Get Up and Do Something”*

*Editor’s note: the original quote (“ent’deux joints tu pourrais faire qu’qu’chose, ent’deux joints tu pourrais t’grouiller l’cul”) is the refrain of a popular 1973 Robert Charlebois song, lyrics by Pierre Bourgault, entitled “Entr’ deux joints”.

According to Statistics Canada, the illegal cannabis industry was already generating 5.6 billion dollars in profits in 2017 and each Canadian was rolling the equivalent of 20 g of cannabis.

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BC leads the way to a better future for people and planet

Maybe it was the months of smoke-filled skies or the flash floods following hard on the heels of long droughts. Or maybe it was mountainsides covered in beetle-killed trees or glaciers melting to slivers of ice. Whatever the reason, British Columbia has got the message when it comes to climate change.

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