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Child poverty and the case for national child care

With a national child care program back on the front burner, it’s time we talk about the links between child care and child poverty.  Here’s the bottom line: affordable and...

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Andrew Coyne, income splitting, and the child care blindspot

Columnist Andrew Coyne is a huge fan of the Conservative government's new income splitting proposal. It's in the interest of fairness, you see.  Single-earner couples, so his logic goes, aren't getting...

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First-of-its-Kind Voter Turnout Campaign Engages Local Food Establishment

Feed Democracy launched to increase voter turnout in municipal elections VANCOUVER—The Broadbent Institute, supported by Vancity and in partnership with FarmFolk CityFolk and other community-based organizations, today launched a campaign to encourage...

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The evolution of Canada's child care debates

Canadians have long grappled with the meanings and purposes of child care. As Canadians gather for ChildCare2020 -- the country's fourth national child care policy conference -- in Winnipeg on November...

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The price of oil and Canada's boom-bust resource cycle

  The recent collapse in the price of oil begs the question of whether Canada, yet again, is going to enter the bust phase of a classic boom-bust resource cycle....

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The Conservatives Propose Family Policy for a Bygone Age

The Harper government’s tax package released Thursday is a throwback to the family policies of a bygone era. It turns its back on the pressing need for affordable, high quality...

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The problem with patient-pay private health clinics

This past week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to Twitter to ask the question: “Is it time to allow people to pay for their own private MRIs in Saskatchewan like...

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Fossil fuel incumbents and the case for green subsidies

If it is to transition to a green economy, Canada must end the continued subsidization of fossil fuels. These subsidies come at the expense of the public purse and favour...

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Class warfare in the sandbox?

No doubt about it — the federal NDP has moved childcare front and centre.  Reaction to the party’s childcare proposal elicited a wide range of responses. The Twittersphere and traditional...

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Public investment can boost growth and reduce public debt

With the federal budget set to return to balance this fiscal year, we can once again debate how to deal with future surpluses. Priority could be given to paying down...