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Unemployment in the 21st Century

Monday, October 12th, 2020

An overriding concern here is that an expansion of EI to insure earnings in a more flexible way may result in moving further away from a program that insures workers against job loss, towards an income-smoothing program that provides a predictable share of some individuals’ income. Overall, while an EI system that covers multiple job holders, gig workers, and the self-employed may be desirable in the 21st century, it is not clear how to build that system.

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I am still an essential worker — don’t take away our pay hike

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

… we’re able to work through daily changes in safety standards all while staying calm during the first weeks of the pandemic. As workers, we went from invisible to essential and to being called “heroes” in a matter of days. The $2-an-hour raise gave most of my coworkers the boost they needed to make a living wage in Canada; in short, that means it took a pandemic for the majority of the food supply chain to be able to afford to live.

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There is no economic recovery without adequate child care

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

With Canadian women typically contributing about 40 per cent of household income, there can be no full economic recovery without what economist Armine Yalnizyan has dubbed a “she-covery.” Child care is key to making that possible… Child care encourages participation in the labour market… Investments in the care economy will largely pay for themselves as middle class families engage in greater labour-market participation, higher productivity, rising incomes, and increased tax revenue.

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Ottawa boosts aid package to students, pledges incentives to find work

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Under the program, post-secondary students, recent graduates and those headed to school in the fall are eligible to get monthly payments of $1,250 a month between May and August. It also promises up to $5,000 for students who volunteer… The government agreed to increase the monthly payments to those with dependants and disabilities by $250 to $2,000 a month… The government agreed to implement new financial incentives and measures to “connect Canadians, particularly students and Canadian youth, to the various jobs available.”

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Men living in Toronto haven’t seen their wages increase since 2000, according to new StatCan study

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

… especially in cities that bore the brunt of the decline in manufacturing jobs, such as Toronto, Oshawa and Windsor. Between 2000 and 2015, men’s wages were flat or in decline in those cities, even as wages for men across Canada rose by an average of 13 per cent. The study found minimal effect on women’s wages… because the manufacturing industry has traditionally been dominated by men.

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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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Ottawa to set up hospital network to become early adopters of Canadian medical technology

Monday, July 29th, 2019

… medical-technology (medtech) startups typically struggle to sell in their own backyard despite the country’s reputation for breakthroughs… Making the Canadian system more friendly to innovators would require changes to procurement practices and reimbursement schedules, and a broader culture shift by provincial health departments to see themselves as not only providers of care, but also stimulants of domestic economic activity.

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PSLRTA Overhaul in the Health Services Sector

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Labour relations in the health care sector have been a clear focus of the new government…  Arguably, this could lead to less union participation in health care personnel movement between entities going forward. However, given the saturation of organized labour in the sector, organized labour’s reaction to personnel movement under the new regime is yet to be seen. We would expect affected unions to do all within their power to maintain membership in the face of transfers and amalgamations going forward.

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Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says deficit is $1.2B lower than claimed, but warns of huge future shortfalls

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“While the government has not indicated when it intends to balance the budget, it has committed to not raising taxes,” said Weltman. To get Ontario back into the black before the 2022 election without tax hikes would require that program spending growth be held at 1.2 per cent annually. That would require Ford’s government to cut the equivalent of $850 per person from today’s levels by the next campaign.

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How Non-Profit Housing Developers Could Ease Toronto’s Affordability Crisis

Monday, November 26th, 2018

… investing in permanent housing solutions, like those provided by non-profit developers, would produce long-term savings. “If something financially makes sense, which is to invest in housing for homeless populations, why wouldn’t you do it? The only answer to that is ideology,” Adams says. “And it’s this belief that ideology, the private sector, the for-profit sector… is going to be a partner in the solution,” says Adams. “We have been beating that drum for 20 years now. Guess what, it didn’t work.”

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