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Do tax policies that contribute to competitiveness also create inequality?

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Tax levels are rarely the first consideration for investors, unless the “investment” is a tax dodge… regulations matter, proximity to markets matter; and so do… a healthy and well-educated work force, well-maintained infrastructure, reliable energy, transportation and communications systems, and a robust justice system backed by widely trusted social institutions.

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What Don Cherry might not know about all those who fought for freedom

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Their service is rendered even more special by their willingness to fight for the freedom of others in spite of their own exclusion, and the hope that their sacrifice would help our country achieve equality. That fight for equal treatment continues to this day… We need to tell the complete story of the wars, one that includes the sacrifices made by people of all colours and creeds in shaping the Canada we pride ourselves on today.

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Should billionaires continue to exist?

Friday, November 1st, 2019

A bold tax policy package is sorely needed to address this kind of wealth hoarding, which contributes to soaring inequality. Along with a host of other progressive measures, the wealth tax in particular sits in the enviable position of being at the nexus of both good policy and good politics.

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A levy on consumption makes for more efficient taxation

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

… there is growing recognition of the need for an objective, politically neutral tax reform commission to comprehensively examine possible improvements… our tax system has evolved based mostly on short-term political considerations… a shift of the tax base away from its current heavy reliance on taxing income, and toward taxing consumption… would include annual income… plus other annual cash inflows that increase ability to consume

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UN report blasts ‘abhorrent’ housing conditions of Canada’s Indigenous people

Monday, October 21st, 2019

… housing conditions for Indigenous peoples around the world are overwhelmingly abhorrent and too often violate the right to adequate housing,” the report reads. “(Indigenous people) are more likely to suffer inadequate housing and negative health outcomes as a result, they have disproportionately high rates of homelessness and they are extremely vulnerable to forced evictions, land-grabbing and the effects of climate change.”

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It’s time for federal leaders to focus on inequality

Monday, October 14th, 2019

… there’s a real problem when the benefits of wealth and opportunity are not shared by everyone…. while unemployment is the lowest it’s been in decades, the jobs are increasingly not very good ones… When the federal parties talk about jobs on the campaign trail, it needs to be a conversation about good jobs. When they talk about making life more affordable, they should be clear about who they’re talking about and how they’ll deliver. The Vital Signs report is a depressing but timely reminder that income and wealth are highly co-related with race, where people were born, and where they live now.

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A primer on Indigenous issues and the pledges in this election

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Indigeneity is intrinsically linked to the environment, and vice versa… One of the issues at the forefront of Indigenous health and wellness and the all-too-frequent inequities in care is the lack of clean, safe drinking water in many communities… Mental health is also a major issue: the suicide rate among Indigenous youth is five to seven times higher than among non-Indigenous youth… Indigenous children are still falling through jurisdictional cracks, and… equitable care should involve [Jordan’s] principle being expanded to family services, education and even the justice system.

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There are more doctors that are women, but gender equity remains elusive

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

… until we better support women in their roles as mothers and physicians, gender equality in medicine will remain elusive and too much of the money and effort we put into training doctors will be lost because we refuse to acknowledge that medicine is no longer a boy’s club.

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Liberals prove they don’t value Indigenous kids as much as other children

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Government spokespersons say they simply want more time to discuss how best to deal with compensation to victims and restorative justice for discrimination against First Nations children and families… But they didn’t ask. Instead, they went into court and filed arguments that said no compensation whatsoever should be paid.

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Blackface and an about-face: How Canada’s promise of reconciliation went wrong

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

While the tribunal’s initial nine orders focused on trying to stop Canada’s discrimination, the September 2019 order was intended to compensate the children and families who were harmed by the discrimination and would not benefit from new reforms. It was a small measure of justice for lost childhoods.

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