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Employers keep breaking safety laws — and government enforcement isn’t stopping them, auditor general finds

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

“The ministry’s enforcement efforts are not preventing many employers from continuing the same unsafe practices,” the report says… The auditor general report also highlighted issues with the ministry’s enforcement capabilities: its information system, which informs inspection strategy, only contains details of 28 per cent of all business in Ontario — leaving “many workplaces uninspected.”

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More than a million Ontario workers do not have drug coverage. These groups are the most likely to be left out

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

“These gaps in coverage are worrisome, since prescription drugs play an essential role in preventing and treating disease and in helping us stay healthy,” the report says… highly concentrated in the retail trades, accommodation and food services industries… part-time work’s share of total employment rose from 13.5 per cent to nearly 20 per cent between 1976 and 2015… a significant portion of part-time work is low wage, without benefits, and has scheduling uncertainty which creates stress…

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Canada should enforce its own labour standards

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Provinces like Ontario let employers avoid labour standards, such as the right to vacation pay, by pretending that their workers are self-employed, independent contractors. Provinces like Ontario have also deliberately not kept their labour laws in sync with the requirements of the new economy – one characterized by franchising, digital employment and part-time work… [They] don’t enforce the labour standards that do exist. Citing budget constraints and an aversion to red tape, they cut back workplace inspections and respond inadequately to real complaints.

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Here’s why you should like the federal carbon tax

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

An escalating carbon price, on the other hand, would allow GDP per capita to grow steadily so long as the proceeds of the carbon tax are redistributed to taxpayers, as the current plan foresees… By… 2030 and the emissions reductions are in the bag, Canadians would each be $3,300-a-year richer under carbon pricing than under the large-emitter-only scenario.

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The great transformation: How to achieve a ‘Green New Deal’ for Canada

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Key sectors of the economy – information and communications technology; power and electricity; transportation and logistics; real estate – are fast decoupling from fossil fuels in favour of ever-cheaper solar and wind energies and the accompanying clean technologies, green business practices and processes of circularity and resilience that are the central features of a Green New Deal… Canada needs to establish a bold new economic vision if it is to adapt and prosper.

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Demographics and disruption demands new skills in Canada’s health-care sector

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

… health care can provide a career path for one million Canadians who are currently at risk of losing their jobs to automation… Properly designed, this mix of technology, skills and innovative management can soften the landfall of the silver tsunami, and further prevent the cresting cost of health care from overwhelming government budgets. In this new machine age, our society’s health will depend on it.

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Uncomfortable climate change realities from an energy executive

Friday, November 15th, 2019

… Canadians have the ingenuity and know-how to develop our resources while advancing environmental protection, reducing the carbon intensity of our energy products, enriching the communities where we live and work, and working respectfully with local citizens and Indigenous peoples, all while generating national and local economic growth. The export of liquefied natural gas from B.C. is a fine example of this.

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To fight regional economic disparity, Ontario needs Opportunity Zones

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

… the transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based economy seems to be exacerbating them as part of a global trend that urban scholar Richard Florida describes as “winner-take-all urbanism.”… This trend toward place-based bifurcation isn’t just about economic activity either. It’s manifesting itself in demography, educational attainment, health outcomes and other socioeconomic characteristics.

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The Happy, Healthy Capitalists of Switzerland

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Capitalist to its core, Switzerland imposes lighter taxes on individuals, consumers and corporations than the Scandinavian countries do. In 2018 its top income tax rate was the lowest in Western Europe at 36 percent… A pragmatic country can have a business-friendly environment alongside social equality, if it gets the balance right.

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We Need a New Capitalism

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

First, business leaders need to embrace a broader vision of their responsibilities… This requires that they focus not only on their shareholders, but also on all of their stakeholders — their employees, customers, communities and the planet… suggesting that companies must choose between doing well and doing good is a false choice. Successful businesses can and must do both… Research shows that companies that embrace a broader mission… outperform their peers, grow faster, and deliver higher profits.

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