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Union Communities, Healthy Communities: Canada won’t work without them

There’s no doubt that low-income people, especially children and their parents, are better off because of social unionism’s strong tradition in Canada. At all levels, unions take the lead in pressing...

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The union advantage: confronting the austerity and anti-union agendas

  We are at a socio-economic and ecological crossroads with governments at every level pushing an austerity agenda. Yet, in this moment of financial, economic, social, and environmental crisis, with...

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Unions and environmentalists: working together for strong communities and a healthy environment

There was a time when you wouldn’t walk into the local union hall wearing your organic cotton “Save the Whales” t-shirt, and also when you probably wouldn’t take part in...

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Back to the Future, Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute has jumped into the plutonium-powered DeLorean and has gone Back to the Future with their latest report on Canadian taxes. The Fraser Institute claims that the average Canadian...

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In a world of grave human rights violations, unions play a critical role

Sadly, in many ways nothing more powerfully and obviously underscores the critically important role that trade unions and trade unionists play in human rights struggles - around the world -...

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Unions: More than we bargain for!

“Union Communities, Healthy Communities” sets out the direct relationship between healthy rates of unionization and lower rates of income inequality. This is a critical factor to discuss in light of the...

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Thatcherism: A grand, failed economic experiment

Admirers and detractors of Margaret Thatcher can agree that she will be remembered as one of the key political architects of our times. Along with her soulmate, U.S. President Ronald...

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Why is Joe Oliver okay with 2° C of warming?

This morning La Presse published a stunning statement by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. He stated “I think that people aren’t as worried as they were before about 2° C...

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And what if there was a Sweden on the Saint-Lawrence?

Comparing inequality between societies is useful, if only to remind us that inequality is not like gravity: there is no “law of inequality”. Political choices matter. True, worsening inequality trends...

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Income inequality: A matter of life and death

Most Canadians would agree that all citizens should be able to develop their individual talents and capacities and to meet at least their basic needs. We may differ on just...