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The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

… some are quick to tell us… that governments should simply incentivize private sector developers and remove “red tape.” But our research shows no evidence this will work… There are many strategies needed simultaneously to address housing affordability. The expansion of social housing supply is one. But calls are all too often ignored by governments turning to the private sector for low-cost quick fixes that continue to fail those in greatest need.

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Cure for the Public Debt Pandemic: An Economic-Principles-Based Fiscal Anchor

Friday, February 2nd, 2024

… we don’t have a textbook fiscal policy but rather a counter-recession and pro-expansion debt policy… over a business cycle, the net accumulation of public debt should be equal to the value of income-generating investments. This anchor would fluctuate with changes in business conditions but would guide policymakers to maintain the tight relationship of its two parts over time… We can call this anchor “net economic public debt.”

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Don’t Blame Carbon Pricing for Affordability Challenges

Monday, January 1st, 2024

With the latest data, we find that the gradually increasing indirect taxes, including carbon taxes, have caused overall consumer prices to be only 0.6 per cent higher in October 2023 than they were in January 2015… The effect of carbon pricing on rising food prices is even smaller, accounting for the indirect effects of carbon taxes… Carbon pricing is definitively not to blame for affordability challenges.

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Financed by Canada, medical breakthrough helps Big Pharma, not global poor

Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Canadian taxpayers played a key role in funding the technology that made mRNA vaccines possible. Yet Canadian authorities took no steps to ensure that the resulting vaccines would be made accessible to people who needed them rather than simply becoming enormous profit-generators for Big Pharma… Today’s system, which prioritizes private profits and intellectual property rights, is in sharp contrast with the system in place for six decades when Canada had publicly-owned Connaught Labs.

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Ontario launching infrastructure bank with $3B in public funding

Friday, November 3rd, 2023

Ontario is proposing to launch its own infrastructure bank – with an initial $3 billion in public funding – in order to help foot the bill for long-term care homes and transportation projects, as slowing economic growth has the province sinking deeper into the red… the bank will attract trusted institutional investors to help finance essential infrastructure that would not otherwise get built,”…

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Did the Bank of Canada just push Canada over the tipping point?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2023

Profits as a share of GDP have averaged 21 per cent since the start of the pandemic and profit margins are higher too… We need policymakers at every level to address the real causes of excess/persistent inflation — profiteering, financialization, undersupply and supply chain bottlenecks. Without that we’re all left worse off regardless of the level of inflation. 

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While Ford pampers spa users, our school kids fend for themselves

Thursday, July 13th, 2023

The government’s miserly approach to funding our children’s education seems curious in such a rich province… The government is actually swimming in money — even as it hollows out key public programs, underfunding schools, shutting down hospital emergency wards and doing nothing for the homeless beyond allowing developers to build ever more condos that are quickly sold to high-income buyers… The notion that we can’t afford a strong public sector has always been a scam.

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Why we need to rewrite the script on corporate taxes

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

Canada’s tax-and-transfer system, which relies on taxing income and providing Employment Insurance and other benefits, isn’t reducing inequality as much as it did before the mid-‘90s. Specifically, despite increases in worker productivity, average real wages have stagnated while corporate profits have skyrocketed. This inequality manifests through middle-class household debt and significant personal savings of CEOs.

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Better for Workers, Better for All? Assessing a Portable Health Benefits Plan in Ontario

Friday, March 3rd, 2023

Millions of workers in Ontario have no access to supplemental health and dental benefits that reimburse most costs for prescription drugs, dental, vision and mental health services… One solution is a portable health benefits (PHB) plan that allows a worker to maintain coverage while moving from job to job… This commentary explores the purpose, structure and feasibility of a portable health and dental benefits plan in Ontario.

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Does Canada’s Sustainable Jobs Plan deliver on the promise of a just transition?

Friday, March 3rd, 2023

In 2021, the CCPA published Roadmap to a Canadian Just Transition Act, which laid out five guiding principles for an ambitious and effective just transition agenda in Canada. Those points serve as a useful benchmark for the Sustainable Jobs Plan… In the meantime, the federal government will need to focus on getting money out the door to the various training programs that it has promised to fund.

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