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Broadbent Principles for Canadian Social Democracy

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

All people have equal worth and equal rights – and all benefit from living in an increasingly equal society. To achieve this in a country with a market-based economy requires an ongoing process of decommodification, a process that sees important social and economic benefits taken out of the market and transformed into universal rights, such as in health services, education, social welfare and housing.

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Our temporary residents provide a resource we can’t ignore

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

The de facto “two-step immigration process” that has emerged in recent years has been primarily driven by business demands for faster intake of newcomers, but could lead to better integration and lives for “low” and “high” skilled workers alike. If temporary foreign workers are good enough to work for us, they are good enough to live among us, permanently, if that is what they wish.

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Let’s make 2021 the year we eliminate online hate in Canada

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

the Canadian Coalition to End Online Hate, a broad-based alliance of close to 40 (and growing) organizations representing a diverse array of communities, are calling for the following concrete actions… Increasing resources for law enforcement, Crown attorneys, and judges to ensure they receive sufficient training on how to apply existing laws to deal with online hate… Creating a civil remedy to address online hate and… Establishing strong and clear regulations for online platforms and Internet service providers 

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Canada aims to accept far more immigrants in next three years

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Immigrants are needed to reduce labour shortages in Canada and to pay taxes to help sustain health care and other services. But the pandemic forced Canada to close its borders to all non-essential travellers… Immigration and refugee experts welcomed the move to grant permanent residency to those already in the country… “people who are already educated here, or have work experience here, or at least have lived here… These are people who are already demonstrating their genuine interest in Canada”

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‘Poverty’ is a problem for democracy – focusing on rights can help

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

While poverty is experienced by individuals, it is created by systems that fail to protect their rights to a decent standard of living. Supporting individuals and families is certainly necessary. But alone, it will not eliminate poverty. To make real progress towards eliminating poverty, we need systems that support people in realizing their economic and social rights.

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Toronto to get $203M, Vancouver and Montreal to split about $108M more under city-specific housing plan

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Fifteen Canadian cities will share $500-million in federal money as part of a plan to quickly build 3,000 new units of affordable housing across the country… the amounts allocated to the cities are based on factors such as the number of people in severe housing need.

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The resilient city: Why Canadian metropolises will thrive despite the pandemic 

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Previous urban pandemics have spawned major changes to the shape of the city… All big cities now face a similar moment, but the locus of contemporary intervention has to shift from the inner city to the inner suburbs, and its focus broadened from needed physical and mobility improvements to an action plan that places income support, social services, education and training at its heart.

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A new chance for disability reforms

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

An income adequate to keep people out of poverty cannot be understated as a means to social inclusion… For federal and provincial programs to provide adequate income, punitive clawbacks by one program of another’s funds must end… Benefits should stack onto each other not cancel each other out. Income supports should also work in tandem with housing, employment, childcare, and other programs to lift people out of poverty.

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Helping Others or Helping Yourself? The COVID-19 Pandemic and WE Charity Scandal Have Forced a Long Overdue Discussion About Volunteering in Canada

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The [2001] Accord between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector was meant as a first step in forging a deeper relationship between Ottawa and the charitable sector. It featured a commitment by the government to engage the sector in issues of legislation and the development of policies and programs, to help build its capacity, and give it a seat at the ministerial table… it’s time to revisit the accord and consider reforms like a government ministry for the sector and a joint apparatus for government and the voluntary sector to work together.

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Healing on the land for our people and our economy

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Investing in First Nations’ stewardship can help the country heal — from the pandemic, from the threat of climate change, from the loss of biodiversity and from the scars of colonialism… Guardians programs connected to Indigenous Protected and Conservation Areas stimulate additional investments and contributions to communities… Guardian-run wellness programs build resilience across generations.

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