Arlene Reid. Bonifacio Eugenio-Romero. Joyce Echaquan. These are just three of the thousands of lives that have been lost during the pandemic, but in many ways they characterize who is dying. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread through Canada, proclamations from government officials about a virus that doesn’t discriminate was belied by the names and faces of those who were perishing.
In the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 was said to be “the great equalizer”, impacting people across all walks of life. Now, well-documented racial health inequities for COVID-19 have proven otherwise, and it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Racial inequities have been found for nearly every health outcome. The evidence suggests that once you strip away the protection that newly-arrived immigrants initially carry, Black, Brown, and Indigenous Canadians in particular experience worse health outcomes than White Canadians.
Canada’s enhanced climate plan (released in Dec 2019) includes a gradually rising carbon price – to $170 per tonne by 2030. That’s a high price by international standards, which gives Canada a credible shot at hitting its 2030 climate target. The new plan made commentator Andrew Coyne take the market fundamentalist position that a higher carbon price should be the single policy, and governments should do little else.
Over the course of the pandemic, staff at the Broadbent Institute have been putting forth policy ideas and commentary on how best to support workers; build back a fair and just economy; and, our vision for Canada’s post-pandemic future. Some of these pieces weren't catalogued at the time they were published, so we’ve compiled a list of past work written by staff, that you may have missed: