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Higher education no silver bullet in fight against inequality

Young people are constantly told that a post secondary qualification is the key to getting a good job, and tens of thousands of students are graduating this year in search...

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Corporate Tax Cuts, Lost Revenues and Lagging Business Investment

Corporate tax cuts have been central to the Harper government's economic agenda. The result has been a huge loss of public revenues for negligible economic gain, suggesting that we need...

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Statement by Rick Smith on passage of Bill C-377

  Today, Bill C-377 passed Third Reading in the Senate after the Conservative government shut down debate. If there was any doubt this anti-labour “Private Member’s Bill” didn't have the...

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Fiscal Austerity Causing Long Term Economic Damage

While Canada's short term economic prospects are pretty gloomy, longer term projections are even worse. A major reason is that policy-makers here and in all of the advanced industrial countries...

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Good labour relations key to educational achievement

Recent tensions in relationships between provincial governments and teachers, especially in British Columbia and Ontario, deserve to be understood in a wider context. Good labour relations in education and positive...

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The lasting legacy of the 60s and 70s Scoop

  On a hot summer July afternoon, a social worker handed me over to a young Saskatchewan farming couple. I was three months old, and my adoptive mother tells me I...

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Can Pope Francis change the climate on climate change?

Pope Francis has set out to transform the issue of climate change into a moral imperative, not just for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, but for everyone. He is unambiguous...

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The Paradox of Redistribution

The issue of how to deal with rising inequality and the squeezed middle-class has recently moved to the centre of political debate, with the various parties proposing significant policy changes....

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Conservative's new law creates second class citizens

The Canadian government passed Bill C-24 this week, giving itself the power to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted in Canadian courts or abroad of committing "acts against Canada,"including terrorism,...

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Fun, games and inequality

“You can do anything you put your mind to” is a message that has been instilled in the minds of North Americans.  People are taught that if they work hard...