• Change the tax laws to boost charitable giving

    The federal government should start to address that shortfall in its spring budget by bringing in a straightforward measure that could increase donations to Canadian charities by some $200 million a year.
    The measure involves broadening the tax exemption on capital gains for charitable donations.

  • Eight Solutions to Canada’s Housing Crisis

    The first step is the simple commitment to get it done. The federal government has opened the dialogue with its Let’s Talk Housing initiative and will be publishing a national housing strategy in 2017… Solution 1: Restrict foreign ownership and end tax evasion… Solution 2: Use municipal powers… to require developers to make 30 per cent, 50 per cent, or 100 per cent of new units of a development affordable and family-friendly, creating mixed-income communities.

  • The last liberals

    … though there are some misgivings, some 80% of Canadians think immigrants are good for the economy… Two linked factors bolster this pro-immigrant feeling. One is a matter of geography… The second is a matter of policy. Canada’s points system gives the government a way to admit only the sort of people it thinks the country needs. This ability to regulate the influx fosters public approval… Another reason why Canadians are not worried about immigration is that they feel less insecure… Poverty has fallen sharply since the mid-1990s.

  • How much diversity do Canadians want?

    Newcomers are going to move to where the jobs and opportunities are. They are going to compete for housing and health care and teachers and other public goods and services that are sometimes in short supply… in liberal discourse, any resistance to immigration on any grounds makes you a racist, and any questions about immigration policy are perceived as illegitimate. People get frustrated by that.

  • Identity politics done right

    Certain rhetorical strategies are bound to be more effective… than others. Writing that enlightens, amuses or delights is far more likely to capture the interest and sympathies of a broad audience than writing that is mournful, accusatory, disparaging or strident… But I do know what it takes for me to remain engaged in something as a reader. It is, in short, not much different from what it takes to keep me engaged in a conversation. I want to be treated as though I am in the company of a friend.

  • Vital Signs report challenges Toronto to do better

    One child in four in Toronto is being raised in poverty, a number that has hardly budged in 20 years. Five of the 15 federal ridings in the country with the highest rates of child poverty are here, and the city has the highest poverty rate of all large Canadian cities… as Toronto becomes richer it has also become a much more unequal place… The number of people relying on food banks keeps growing, and the need is moving from the central core to the inner suburbs… Housing is at a crisis point.

  • Accessibility and inclusion: Imperative for Canada’s future

    1. Attitudes toward disability and the stigma that goes with it must change. 2. People must be aware of and understand the true impact that disability has and will have on us all. 3. Barriers in the built environment must be removed to ensure access for all to the places we live, work and play… Access4All is challenging schools and community groups from across Canada to take on “Barrier Buster” projects, aimed at improving the accessibility of public places and spaces, such as schools, libraries, and playgrounds.

  • ‘Canadian values’ conceal Canadian violence

    … the suggestion that immigrants need to be screened for repugnant values pretends that violence and intolerance are strange and foreign things in Canada. Sexism, homophobia, and bigotry are imagined to be evils brought into the country by dangerous outsiders, rather than problems deeply rooted in Canadian cultural soil… The problem is not that the barbarians are at our gates. It is that we think the world can be divided into those who are barbaric and those who are not.

  • When it’s too costly even to be poor

    … in three remote Ontario reserve communities. They found food insecurity is rampant; people are being gouged by retail monopolies; not enough communities meet eligibility requirements; and there is deficient transparency in terms of data collection… If we are going to incur the considerable expense of subsidizing life in remote northern communities – and evidently we are – let us at least do a competent and effective job of it.

  • The taxman versus the charity, and vice versa

    What the CRA’s auditors found, instead, was that Canada Without Poverty was devoting a fulsome 98.5% of its financial resources to politically partisan activity… Who doesn’t hate poverty? But what donor, regardless of political stripe, wants his or her charitable donation going almost wholly to fighting politicians rather than fighting poverty?