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Business groups frustrated as sick leave debate carries on

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

While businesses — and some governments — are inclined to focus on the upfront cost of providing paid sick leave, there are solid business arguments to make for supporting it… “You can be closed down if there’s an outbreak. That’s a huge cost for a business”… Slowing COVID’s spread will also make it possible for the economy to open up sooner and more reliably…

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As med students, we’ve seen how Ontario’s lack of paid sick days has hurt low-income, racialized workers. More than 600 of us demand change

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Without suitable paid sick leave, essential workers who are symptomatic or have been exposed are faced with an impossible decision: follow public health measures by staying home or go to work to put food on the table and bring the virus into their homes and communities… Ontario needs a robust and comprehensive provincial paid sick leave program that is universal to all workers in Ontario, proactive, and easily accessible.

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Measured progress: A new National Scorecard provides the framework for smart and inclusive long-term growth for Canada

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Century Initiative’s inaugural 2021 National Scorecard identified the following key issues as focus areas… productivity… spending on research and development… household debt… public spending on training… availability of childcare… child & youth well-being… public spending related to children & families… quality of broadband internet… environmental sustainability… By measuring our progress, we can manage it

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Childcare Reform Key to Post-Covid Economic Recovery

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

“We need immediate attention and incremental but aggressive reforms to get this right, for women, for families and for Canada as we emerge from the pandemic.” … the authors recommend… a more generous, progressive and more frequently paid refundable tax credit… increasing operating and/or capital grants for licensed providers… new federal dollars for childcare be consolidated into a single, dedicated and permanent transfer to provinces.

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Ontario must spend more to drive prosperity and growth

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Growth has to be inclusive, meaning recognizing that women, new Canadians and others will get the support they need to participate fully in the economy… The Ford government would be wise to demonstrate full support for a universal child care model that marries social and economic goals, and further increases women’s participation in the labour force. Distance education and telemedicine will also be vital…

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Canada will have a $1.6-trillion debt by the end of the year due to the pandemic. Here’s why some economists say we shouldn’t sweat it

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Blessed with historically low interest rates, which show little sign of rising, and one of the healthiest debt-to-GDP ratios in the developed world, Canada cannot only service its pandemic bill, but thrive on the other side, many experts say… there’s little doubt that the country’s economy will bounce back to some extent in post-pandemic times and that the increased revenues produced by that rebound will help lessen the debt’s impact.

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The glaring gap in the COVID-19 response

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

If workplaces are deemed to be essential businesses, then we need to ensure workers are properly protected… for many workers, COVID-19 has created an impossible dilemma. These people need to be supported, because they get up every day to produce the products and services we need to live and work through this pandemic. Paid sick days are long-overdue, urgent, and required to protect our community. Paid sick leave will help save lives.

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How a Basic Income Plan Could Save Lives in a Pandemic

Monday, January 11th, 2021

“Basic income doesn’t require empathy so much as recognition that we’re all interdependent.” “It matters what my neighbours are doing and what they can afford to do,” said Forget. “In some ways that’s very obvious when we talk about health. But somehow we don’t think that’s the case when we talk about economics.” … “it’s inevitable that we will end in a basic income in Canada.”

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Ottawa urged to ban CEO bonuses if company received wage subsidy

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

[The CCPA] believes that Canada should follow other developed countries like Spain and the Netherlands that explicitly prohibit bonuses and dividends if they receive wage subsidies. It also wants to exclude companies from substantially increasing executive salaries to prevent them from bypassing restrictions on bonuses… The CCPA also thinks Ottawa should introduce a top marginal tax bracket to help pay for the large deficit caused by its response to COVID-19.

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New Year, Same Work Anxiety.  How capitalism makes work-life ‘balance’ feel impossible

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Keeping us anxiously tethered to work ensures we’ll keep working, because, for a lot of people, is there really another option? We need a solid safety net… one that ensures that losing income or employment doesn’t have cascading effects on housing security or health security. The pandemic isn’t disappearing in 2021, and neither is the need to reconsider work policies and structures that don’t so tightly tie our time, worth and lives to our jobs. This is a problem that won’t be fixed by reminders to “make time for you.”

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