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Ford government should dump old-school thinking on minimum wage

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

In awarding Canadian economist David Card the Nobel Prize in economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has given a huge boost to the value of empirical study in the field of labour economics. For it was Card, working alongside American economist Alan Krueger, who put real world wage increases in New Jersey under the microscope and found no support for the theory that a rise in the minimum wage reduced employment.

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The key to Canada’s economic recovery is obvious. Why isn’t anyone talking about it?

Monday, September 13th, 2021

The federal budget estimates that a national child care program would add about 240,000 workers to the labour force. And since those workers are already here in Canada with Canadian credentials, integration into the labour force is seamless. An in-depth study of the economic impact of investing in early childhood education… shows that serious investment in high-quality child care boosts economic growth, reduces poverty, enhances equality, and sets the younger generation on a path to take on the world.

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Stronger EI and paid sick days are vital for workers. Labour Day is a moment for voters to judge parties on that

Monday, September 6th, 2021

… Canada needs a modern Employment Insurance system that covers all workers, including gig workers, self-employed people and the many misclassified workers who have been abandoned on the sidelines of so-called economic progress… If the pandemic has shown anything, it’s that systemic change is needed in how we view and regulate employment, and that how we treat workers (especially those in low-wage jobs) affects us all.

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When it comes to election promises on housing, it’s the details that matter

Monday, August 30th, 2021

The pledges with a far greater chance of creating positive change are the ones that push municipalities to make better and faster planning decisions to increase housing supply, and target federal funding to create housing that’s affordable for lower earners — a niche the market will never fill… Ottawa usually works through the provinces, but it’s welcome to see federal leaders contemplating a more direct relationship with cities.

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As a server, hearing others blame CERB for restaurant staff shortages is dehumanizing. If an industry is harmful, why blame low-wage workers?

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Nobody wants to live in poverty. The idea that the government assistance available is more than what a business can pay makes you think: is it workers in the wrong or is the structure open to oppressive and abusive business models? I hear a lot of talk about how “this is just the way it is,” or “we’ll all go under if we raise wages.”

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If employers can’t find workers, they should stop complaining and start offering better jobs

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

The pandemic provided some unexpected benefits.

It freed workers from soul-crushing commutes. People found more time to prepare healthy meals, to get more exercise. They spent less on clothing and styling and worked harder to explore and support local businesses… Perhaps that is what the workforce is doing, imagining a better way to live. Rather than casting insults and wishing for the old normal, perhaps business should do some reimagining, too, about improving an economic model that left most people too stressed to live well and struggling to make ends meet.

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The future of work in Ontario is at a crossroads. Will we ensure decent employment for all?

Monday, July 26th, 2021

The government has indicated the temporary wage enhancement for personal support workers will be made permanent, which is great news. It should also be expanded to include front-line housing, shelter and child-care staff — all of whom are inadequately compensated for their essential labour. Prioritizing investment in the non-profit sector — a feminized workforce that employs more than 800,000 women across Ontario — would also be a sensible policy decision

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Good Theory, Good Practice: Seven Principles for a New Political Economy

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Mission Economy… speak[s] about how we can restructure the economy to tackle the biggest challenges of our world… There are… seven key pillars to a better political economy that can guide a mission­-oriented approach… one that encourages a mission­-oriented approach and builds an economy driven by public purpose and citizen engagement. 

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Common wealth tax myths busted

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Canada’s 47 billionaires increased their wealth by $78 billion during the pandemic, and they now control $270 billion in total. A 1% tax on wealth over $20 million could raise $10 billion in revenue in the first year. As Canada digs itself out of the economic repercussions of the pandemic the time is now to enrich the soil so we can grow back an economy that shares its fruits more equitably with all Canadians. Here are five commonly held myths that continue to muddy the conversation about tax reform:

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The success of CERB is proof a universal basic income is doable and beneficial

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

A UBI is a government payment that tops up family income so that it modestly exceeds the poverty line, or low-income threshold. As households are able to generate more income on their own, UBI payments are scaled back and eventually discontinued.  A UBI holds promise as our most powerful tool in eradicating poverty and solving the crisis of income inequality. 

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