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New proposal from Doug Ford government would force senior professors to work for no salary

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Under regulations proposed in the budget bill, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities would be given unprecedented power to unilaterally cut the salary of anyone employed at a postsecondary institution who is also drawing a pension. But in order to do so, the ministry would likely have to override collective agreements and essentially force professors who are still working past 71 to do so for no pay, except for the pension to which they’re already entitled. .

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Ontario Tories rolling back Liberal-era student-aid reform

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Ontario is reversing unexpectedly costly student financing initiatives, cutting tuition and allowing students to opt out of campus fees as part of a package of changes to postsecondary education funding that drew criticism from students and universities… The loss of tuition revenue for the schools will not be covered by the government, and universities and colleges will need to adjust their budgets. Ms Fullerton said the changes might mean a budget gap of 2 per cent to 4 per cent at most schools.

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Ontario goes it alone on immigration, says Ottawa’s policy hurts province

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Mar. 02, 2012
… although Ontario remains by far the largest recipient of new immigrants in Canada, it has suffered as a result of changes to immigration policy. The rapid growth of provincial nominee programs has drawn immigrants away from Ontario to the West and Atlantic Canada… In 2009, Ontario’s share of immigrant landings sank to its lowest level in nearly 30 years. Part of that may be related to its economic decline. But the province is laying part of the blame at the feet of the federal bureaucracy, which the Ontario government claims has tens of thousands of Ontario-bound applicants in its backlogs.

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Stephen Harper’s census and his vision for Canada

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Feb. 05, 2012
Harper said Canada’s aging population threatens our cherished social programs. He thrust obscure stats such as the old-age-dependency ratio to centre stage, promised to overhaul our immigration system and strongly hinted at raising the age of eligibility for old-age security. These are transformative changes… Atlantic Canada is aging and Ontario’s share of immigration is tumbling. A failure to deal with either of those could have major economic consequences… his vision demanded that every province be treated the same. The danger of that philosophy is it could make them more different than ever.

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Prime Minister Harper unveils grand plan to reshape Canada

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Jan. 27, 2012
Mr. Harper portrayed his agenda as a fix for a generation – a fix he claimed is necessary to confront the challenges of an aging population. Canada’s demographics, he warned, pose “a threat to the social programs and services that Canadians cherish.” Preserving those social programs will likely mean cuts elsewhere… he plans to make Canada’s old-age security program sustainable. What that means is unclear. He did not spell out whether seniors will have to wait longer to receive the benefit or whether clawbacks would be increased for higher income earners.

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Canada near top in integrating immigrants, survey says

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Feb. 28, 2011
Canada place third behind Sweden and Portugal on the latest Migrant Integration Policy Index, a benchmark European study that measures a range of indicators, from political engagement and paths to citizenship to public education. Canada’s ranking crept up two places from fifth two years ago, due largely to government efforts to recognize the credentials of foreign-trained professionals and to the addition of education measures that gave high marks to the multicultural model.

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The rich really are getting richer

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Dec. 01, 2010
… after the Second World War, Canadian society distributed income in an increasingly level fashion… That trend was reversed over the past 30 years… (when) the richest 0.1 per cent almost tripled their income share and the richest 0.01 per cent increased their share fivefold. Median incomes, meanwhile, have been stagnant… Ms. Yalnizyan said in the long run the trend toward income concentration seems… politically and economically unsustainable. “You can’t keep growing an underclass that plays by all the rules, gets a better education, works more and doesn’t get ahead”

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Number of seniors living in poverty soars nearly 25%

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Nov. 25, 2010
The number of seniors living in poverty spiked at the beginning of the financial meltdown, reversing a decades-long trend and threatening one of Canada’s most important social policy successes. The number of seniors living below the low-income cutoff, Statistics Canada’s basic measure of poverty, jumped nearly 25 per cent between 2007 and 2008, to 250,000 from 204,000, according to figures released on Wednesday by Campaign 2000… Economists say women make up as much as 80 per cent of the increase in seniors poverty.

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Well-educated, older immigrants prefer Canada to U.S., poll finds

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Jun. 23, 2010
In the 148-country survey, Gallup found that 41 per cent of those aged 15-24 would choose to migrate to the U.S., compared with only 27 per cent who chose Canada. But the older cohort, those 25-44, chose Canada over the U.S. 48 per cent to 40 per cent. Among those who have completed only elementary education, the U.S. outstrips Canada by a considerable margin. But among those who have completed secondary education, Canada leads by 59 per cent to 51 per cent.

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The world would love to be Canadian

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Jun. 22, 2010
Given the choice, 53 per cent of adults in the world’s 24 leading economies said they would immigrate to Canada, according to an international survey… It’s a startling finding, one that is reinforced by respondents’ overwhelmingly positive attitudes about Canada’s welcoming and tolerant treatment of newcomers. The results bode well for Canada’s efforts to attract highly educated immigrants as the global search for talent heats up in coming years.

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