CERB: More than just an income program

Friday, June 16th, 2023

The introduction of emergency pandemic benefits offers a unique opportunity to examine important questions about Canada’s current income security safety net and how it works (or does not) to support individuals in their efforts to achieve greater economic security and enhanced well-being.

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Budget 2021 analysis: Does it deliver?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

About two-thirds of the spending is short-term, related to COVID-19 and the final third carries over to the third year. The programs that extend to the long-term are child care (for which this budget is transformative), long-term care, some business supports and some environmental measures (around clean fuel and climate adaptation)… a historically large budget, but it’s within Canada’s ability to both deal with the impact of a global pandemic and to plant the seeds for a public-led recovery.

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A broader vision of public health

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Lying beneath the weakening of public health practice, which one can think of as the tip of the iceberg, is an erosion of these deeper values and priorities… [collectivity / social justice / upstream thinking] … The erosion manifests as cuts to the public sector, solutions packaged in individualized terms, and a deepening political polarization that erodes societal assets such as trust. 

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A just recovery

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

… a basic income standard for the unemployed and people receiving social and disability assistance… [would improve]… their standard of living, their hope and trust in the future would grow, and their ability to participate… would increase… we need a basic services guarantee that helps every Canadian secure affordable housing, nutritious food, pharmacare, dental care, mental health care, and specialized support for people with complex needs.

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What’s the best vaccine against mental health? Reducing inequality.

Monday, January 27th, 2020

ThinkUpstream.net – Currents January 27, 2020.   Trish Hennessy This week our social media feeds will light up with Bell Let’s Talk encouragement to collectively work on de-stigmatizing mental health issues by talking about it. The more we talk about it, the more we de-stigmatize. The more we de-stigmatize it, the more we understand how […]

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Taxing Times

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

May 1, 2012
$38 billion – That’s how much less Canadians now pay in individual income tax compared to 2000… $19 billion – That’s how much less Canadians pay now in sales taxes compared to 2000. Since the Harper government cut the GST by two points in 2007, the average annual revenue loss to the treasury is about $12 billion… $18 billion – That’s how much less corporations pay now in Canadian taxes compared to 2000… 49.5% – Ontario’s marginal tax rate once the new tax hike on the highest income earners kicks in. In the 1950s, the ’60s and early ’70s the marginal tax rate (including federal and provincial) for this income range was 80 per cent.

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Minimum vs. living wage

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

June 2011
Inspired by the CCPA-BC office’s campaign to get BC employers to pay their workers a living wage (as opposed to a minimum wage that keeps working people poor), this month’s Hennessy’s Index shows that the idea is catching on… $10.25- Ontario’s minimum hourly wage. The second highest in Canada… $16.60 – Hourly wage needed in 2008 for couples with two young children living in the Greater Toronto Area to earn a living wage.

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Fight poverty to spur recovery

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Jul 24 2010
… the reality that has unfolded for many Canadians living in poverty since recession hit here in 2008 has yet to show up in the numbers. To make a tough situation worse, Canadians entered the recession financially exposed… We can choose to stand idly by waiting for the poverty statistics to catch up with reality and force us into action. Or we could act now, while so many children and their families are hurting… The real question remains: Is poverty elimination still on the minds of those in government as we try to recover from this recession?

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