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Bold Policy Proposals To Tackle Anti-Black Racism

For Black people in Canada, some of the most pressing issues and necessary policy changes involve, at times, all three levels of government. By working together, federal, provincial and municipal...

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Charting the path to National Pharmacare in Canada

National Pharmacare has been a topic of discussion in Canada for over half a century, yet we remain uniqueamong the world’s high-income countries with universal health coverage in that we...

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Are Canadians overtaxed? The equation is complicated

    This blogpost originally appeared in the Globe and Mail. Partly fuelled by reports from conservative think-tanks such as the Fraser Institute, many Canadians believe that they are taxed far...

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Making progress in tough times: Lessons from 2018

In October, I had a moment with my eldest son that really brought home to me the angst that many progressive people were feeling throughout 2018.

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“Between Two Joints, You Could Get Up and Do Something”*

*Editor’s note: the original quote (“ent’deux joints tu pourrais faire qu’qu’chose, ent’deux joints tu pourrais t’grouiller l’cul”) is the refrain of a popular 1973 Robert Charlebois song, lyrics by Pierre...

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BC leads the way to a better future for people and planet

Maybe it was the months of smoke-filled skies or the flash floods following hard on the heels of long droughts. Or maybe it was mountainsides covered in beetle-killed trees or...

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What we can learn from the Oshawa General Motors announcement

The announced General Motors closures have shown us that we need to explore a new industrial strategy, where public investments gives equity in companies, and where public control can help...

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Review: Ontario's Economic Outlook and Fall Fiscal Update 2018

The Ontario government’s annual Economic Outlook and Fall Fiscal Update arrives on the heels of a controversial first quarter for Premier Doug Ford’s new Progressive Conservative government. Campaigning solely on...

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Canada’s economic competitiveness lies in an equitable and low carbon future

There has been plenty of fear mongering that Canada must follow U.S. President Trump’s corporate tax cut agenda or face economic devastation. Yet many of the experts, often those not...

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Broadbent Reads: Crashed by Adam Tooze

Book Review Adam Tooze. Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World. Viking. New York. 2018 The global economic crisis is now more than a decade old, and...