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Miles Corak: Inequality and life chances

While it is now only just over a year since the Occupy Wall Street movement began to draw attention to the wide and growing gulf between the 1% and the...

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Stephen Harper's Monty Python moment

What have the unions ever done for us? In the past few months, I have heard a number of right-wing figures publicly question the value of unions in our society,...

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Canada should not adopt U.S.-style anti-union laws

President Barack Obama had it right Monday when he told the people of Michigan that so-called right-to-work legislation is about politics, not jobs. Such legislation, now in place in 23...

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Sheila Block: Austerity agenda will increase labour market inequality

This is the final section of a three-part commentary by Sheila Block on our Equality Project report. Read part one and part two. Governments at all levels in Canada have embarked on an...

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Roy Culpeper: Inequality and economic liberalization

Increased inequality is a phenomenon that has affected many countries since the 1980s—industrial, emerging market and developing. At the same time, some countries have become more unequal than others. Thus,...

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Sheila Block: Updating and Strengthening Employment Standards and Labour Relations Legislation

This is the second section of a three-part commentary by Sheila Block on our Equality Project report. Read part one and stay tuned over the coming weeks for part three. The...

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Christensen, Davison & Levac: Chronic housing needs in the Canadian North: Inequality of opportunity in northern communities

  The Canadian North, which includes the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, Labrador, and Nunatsiavut, is a vast region rich in Indigenous cultures, pristine landscapes and waterways, natural resources, and...

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Inequality’s a problem for Canada, too

I don’t know whether it’s smugness or indifference, but we Canadians can be a self-deluding lot. Growing inequality, portrayed recently in The Economist as a global scourge, when viewed from...

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Peter Puxley: Overcoming Inequality in Canada: A Cultural Challenge?

 "The ideas of economists and political philosophers … are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men who believe themselves to be...

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Sheila Block: Reducing Labour Market Inequality in Canada, Three Steps at a Time

This is the first section of a three-part commentary by Sheila Block on our Equality Project report. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we release parts two and three....