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Why there is little satisfaction to be found in Canadian manufacturing

On January 16, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute published a study by former Statistics Canada analyst Philip Cross, entitled “Dutch Disease, Canadian Cure.” It argues that “after 10 years of a muscular...

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Martha Friendly: Why high-quality universal child care is part of a more equal Canada for all of us

If anything positive has emerged from Canada's rising inequality, it is that a bona fide discussion about "the Canada we want" is becoming a mainstream staple of political dialogue. Not...

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John Stapleton: A Ball Player, a Cop, a Janitor, and a Welfare Recipient

To whom do we compare ourselves when we think about reducing inequality? On June 6, 2012, former Toronto mayor John Sewell and conservative MPP Peter Shurman had the following exchange...

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Why taxing pollution deserves serious discussion

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his party have recently attempted to demonize Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair for his alleged advocacy of a “job-killing carbon tax.” As has been widely noted,...

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Colleen Davison: Adding Nuance to our Discussions of Inequalities in Canada: Urban-Rural Health Differences

If you woke up this morning and put your feet on the floor in Moosenee, Iona, Bella Coola or Longlac, then the chances are that your health is poorer than...

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Peter Graefe: Fitting Federal Equality into a More Equal Canada

Any project for social and economic equality in Canada faces a challenge: our primary collective lever for change, the state, is a confusing and complicated machine of federal-provincial relationships.  Most...

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Daniel Wilson: Income Inequality and Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Canadians are awakening to the fact that income inequality is a seriously problematic trend that marginalizes large segments of society and threatens social harmony and progress. However, for Indigenous people,...

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Frank Cunningham: Some Thoughts Inspired by “Toward a More Equal Canada”

Towards a More Equal Canada nicely summarizes three recent discussions about equality: the question of why people should endorse egalitarian policies, or, as I would prefer to put it,  why they...

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Kate Parizeau: Urban inequality in Canada

Inequality is often described as differential status among individuals or groups. However, places can be unequal too. Canada’s cities are sites of growing urban inequality, and it is entire neighbourhoods...

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Next Up Ottawa call-out for applications

Do you wonder what the future holds for the world? Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, public health and education, housing and government policy? Do you believe that global...