• Open the doors

    Economic-class immigrants, who gain entry into Canada primarily in recognition of their marketable skills, education, work experience and official-language fluency; family-reunification immigrants… and refugees. Statscan data show that skilled workers in the economic class earn very close to the national median after two years in the country, but family-class newcomers earn, on average, more than 40 per cent less… Government-sponsored refugees earn more than 60 per cent below the national median.

  • Baby Boomers, please don’t retire just yet

    … An across-the-board increase in the age of eligibility for government retirement programs will hit hardest at poor Canadians and Canadians in physically demanding occupations that aren’t easy to carry on beyond age 65… A better strategy is to make CPP and OAS far more flexible – so that the later you retire, the greater the benefits… All kinds of experienced people in their 60s and 70s want to keep working, whether part-time or full-time.

  • Canada must not become a tax haven

    Canada still lags behind other countries when it comes to stemming the flow of hidden money… last June [Britain] required corporate registrations to include the names of real company owners… rather than just front men or women. The records are listed in an online database that can be viewed by anyone, bringing much more transparency to the system… it’s high time for Canada to follow suit and make “snow washing” a lot more difficult.

  • How to temper protectionism in Trump’s trade world

    … our shared interest in infrastructure and job creation, may provide a unique opportunity to explore a much-needed change in a technical area of international trade known as anti-dumping – a change that considers the impact of anti-dumping action on workers and consumers on both sides of the border… The practical effect would be to reduce the duty to one that only corresponds to harm suffered, not more – a so-called “lesser duty” in the parlance of trade law.

  • Canada’s participation rate could be the populist ‘canary in the coal mine’

    what steps can the government take to support jobs and opportunity? … a pro-growth agenda that enables investment and job creation across the country… including low, competitive taxation, sound public finances, limited and predictable regulations… and key public investments in human capital and basic infrastructure… education and career training reforms, more flexible labour-market rules (including for working mothers), an expansion of the Working Income Tax Benefit, wage subsidies and work-sharing for people with disabilities

  • Legal loopholes cost workers millions in lost wages: Report

    Employees lose $45 million in potential earnings each week because legal loopholes exclude them from basic workplace rights like overtime pay, holiday pay, vacation pay and even minimum wage, a government-commissioned study shows… That is because the province’s employment legislation… contains more than 85 special rules that exclude some jobs from minimum standards.

  • Table scraps for the poor won’t end poverty

    Hunger is what happens as a result of privation and poverty. Treating hunger through society’s waste compounds the indignity of hunger, and points us away from more permanent solutions… The millions of people going without food will only change with decent, liveable wages, affordable housing and strong social supports. These public policies can help people to live with health and dignity .

  • Report on struggling news business is responsible, high-minded, and profoundly wrong

    Most of the industry’s problems are self-inflicted, a series of bad choices in response to admittedly massive changes. But even if that were not the case, there is nothing whatever to prevent readers from paying for what we produce, if they so chose. They are simply choosing not to do so… My concern is not that such a fund would be partisan, or enforce a government line. I worry, rather, how it would affect our thinking… toward a certain vision of society, and of journalism.

  • What are we talking about when we talk about social innovation?

    … social innovation: undertakings that don’t neatly fit into conventional boxes, but deliver multiple social or environment benefits and even profits, all while holding out the potential for the sort of scalability that promises broader transformation… what are we talking about when we talk about social innovation? – could re-shape the relationship between governments, private investors, and civil society for a generation to come.

  • The non-transparent reality of Canadian corporate welfare

    Arguments over the efficacy of subsidies to business aside, taxpayers at least deserve to know how much of their money is granted, loaned and repaid – including how the loans perform. The answers are increasingly difficult to obtain… The Access to Information Act needs revision. Its current version and its interpretation lead to this costly, non-transparent reality: Taxpayers must pay for corporate welfare. They are not permitted to know key details.