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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, socioeconomic rights and the COVID-19 pandemic

This blogpost was originally written in French, and has been translated to English below. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many restrictions have been placed on fundamental rights and...

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Lift the Floor: Provincial Responses to the Coronavirus Crisis

The Institute’s first convening in our new digital series explored how provinces have a critical role to play to meet the needs of people and communities during the pandemic and...

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Completing the promise of Medicare

In the early 1960’s, a CCF government (the CCF was the precursor to the NDP) in Saskatchewan successfully lit the path towards what we now know nationally as Medicare, a...

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One Lesson from the Pandemic: Canada Needs to Rebuild Manufacturing

One of the by-products of the global COVID 19 pandemic is that all of a sudden people are paying attention to where things are actually manufactured. On Monday morning April...

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COVID-19 is not the great leveller, it’s the great revealer

In a medical sense, COVID-19, as highly contagious as it is, can be thought of as the great leveller. No one has immunity, and we face the health risk of...

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Educating Ontario Students During Covid-19

EMERGENCY REMOTE LEARNING IN ONTARIO On March 31st, Phase 2 of Ontario’s “Learn at Home” program was announced in response to COVID-19 school closures. The announcement has resulted in inconsistency...

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COVID-19 Emergency Benefits: Who's included, who's left out and the role of provinces

Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) were opened on Monday, April 6th, and officials have estimated that up to 4 million people may apply for the emergency support....

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A Tribute to Mel Watkins

Mel Watkins is dead and Canada is the poorer for it.

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Financing the War Against COVID-19

It is no exaggeration to say that the world and Canada are now at war with a virus which threatens human lives, our health care system and the economy. As...

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Canada’s Response to the Coronavirus: Better than the US, Worse than EU

How does Canada’s fiscal response to the coronavirus stack up so far relative to the rest of the world? Data compiled by the IMF suggests that the totality of Ottawa’s announced measures...