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Canada’s immigration policy: Who is on the guest list?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

February 18, 2011
In 2010, there were 283,096 temporary foreign workers in Canada, doing work that employers asserted there was no Canadian available to do… In 2000, 11 per cent of temporary foreign workers performed basic labour or unspecified skills; now 34 per cent of them do. They used to primarily fall into the categories of nannies and caregivers, or seasonal agricultural workers. Employers are now using the temporary work permit program to bring in workers for hotels, fast food outlets, janitorial services and factories — typical Canadian jobs, albeit low-paying.

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Five reasons to say no to more corporate tax cuts

Friday, January 28th, 2011

January 28, 2011
Here are five economic reasons not to keep reducing the federal corporate tax rate this year or next. – Least effective job creation measure… – Little Impact on investments… – Pay more tax to cut taxes… – False economies… (and) – The question of working capital… An across-the-board general corporate income tax rate cut rewards companies whether they create jobs or kill them. The primary sector of the Canadian economy is increasingly in the hands of off-shore investors, who take the profits and jobs elsewhere. That’s global capitalism, but we don’t need to reward it.

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Is income inequality just business as usual?

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Dec. 20, 2010
There has been a sea of change in inequality in Canada over the course of the past 20 to 30 years. For most of the 20th century inequality in Canada – and in virtually all developed nations, actually – had been declining. By the 1980s that long term trend reversed. First because of recessions (where the bottom end of the spectrum lost ground) then because of rowth (when the top part of the income spectrum zoomed ahead). So for the past generation inequality has grown in Canada, in good times and bad.

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Austerity Canadian-style, now in Britain? Pity

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

November 12, 2010
The British government is happily taking a page from the Canadian playbook of the mid-1990s, when our own age of austerity reshaped public policy and the role of the state. Massive federal budget cuts in 1995 devolved responsibility for a range of social programs to the provinces and territories who, in turn, pushed costs onto municipalities and hospitals, schools and universities, community organizations and households. One result of this cascade of downloading is that undergraduate university tuitions have more than doubled across Canada and tripled in Ontario since 1995.

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