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Refugee decision a victory for compassion and common sense in Canadian health care

On June 18, 2012, I joined dozens of health care providers and concerned citizens in Saskatoon for the 1st National Day of Action against the cuts to the Interim Federal Health...

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Canada needs an action plan to fight long-term youth unemployment

Young people lag behind in Canada's economic recovery, with rates of unemployment and underemployment still significantly above pre-recession levels. The danger is that this will have a permanent scarring effect...

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Putting the Supreme Court ruling on Aboriginal title in context

Thursday’s stunning Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling, extending the scope of Indigenous rights to include the right to permanently control “land conferred by aboriginal title”, has the potential to transform the...

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Book review: Unions Matter

Matthew Behrens, Editor (for the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights). Unions Matter: Advancing Democracy, Economic Equality and Social Justice. Toronto. Between the Lines. 2014. This excellent book on why unions...

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Dodge, Carney and the return of pragmatic economics

Central bank governors are not normally known for being outspoken or critical of prevailing economic policies. Not the case, it seems, for Mark Carney and David Dodge, former governors of...

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Youth unemployment: a dismal situation requires bold action

The dog days of summer may yet be upon us, and already youth unemployment is a hot topic of conversation. But talk is cheap. The fact is too many young...

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Canada's wealth gap is getting harder to close

In his now famous book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty argues that there is a strong tendency for wealth to become concentrated in ever fewer hands unless the...

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OECD to Canada: tax stock options to combat inequality

The OECD Economic Survey of Canada released today calls for tax reforms which would increase government revenues while also reducing inequality, specifically calling for changes to preferential treatment of stock...

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Who wins with income splitting?

If Stephen Harper’s goal was to design a tax policy to make income inequality in this country even worse, he can pat himself on the back. That’s exactly what the Conservatives’ family income-splitting...

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Canadian-born visible minority youth face an unfair job future

Data from the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) which replaced the long- form census indicate that racial status remains a significant factor in shaping advantage and disadvantage in the Canadian...