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The deteriorating health of the working poor

Last year the Metcalf Foundation released a report on working poverty in Toronto. It found that 113,000 people were living in working poverty in the Toronto region in 2005, a...

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Open for business, closed for workers: employment standards, the enforcement deficit, and vulnerable workers in Canada

Daniel Tucker-Simmons recently completed his Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck Human Rights/Social Justice Internship at the Broadbent Institute. Tucker-Simmons was compensated for his work. Download the full version of this article (in .PDF...

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Why Canada should welcome labour shortages

Employer groups such as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business insist that their members need continued access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program since...

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Evidence and decision-making: bend it like Harper

The Broadbent Institute is pleased to present the second in a series of blog posts by a range of Canadian academics and thought leaders critiquing the record of the Conservative...

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About those 'jobs without people', Minister Kenney

    Upon being appointed Minister of the newly renamed “Employment and Social Development” (formerly HRSDC), Mr. Kenney tweeted his view on the Canadian labour market: I will work hard...

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Plus ça change... why Stephen Harper's cabinet shuffle disappoints

Here are five important takeaways from today’s Cabinet shuffle. As the old saying goes, 'plus ca change, plus c'est la même chose'. 1. Economic (In)action Plan Canadians hoping the government would signal...

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So much for an independent public service

This screen grab taken from the Canada Revenue Agency website today promotes a post describing how the "Harper Government's Low-Tax Plan Benefits Canadian Families". It is part of a disturbing pattern...

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University degrees cushion recent grads against unemployment

Last month, Statistics Canada released the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) data on Education and Labour, the most recent dataset of its kind since the 2006 Census. The data illustrate...

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‘The end of men’ in the workplace is far from reality

Last year there was a lot of discussion of Hanna Rosin’s best-selling book, The End of Men and the Rise of Women. The author was prominently interviewed in a Saturday issue of...

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The nefarious impacts of Harper's omnibus budget bills

The Broadbent Institute is pleased to present the first in a series of blog posts by a range of Canadian academics and thought leaders critiquing the record of the Conservative...