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Tories’ Bill 66 would undermine clean-water protections that followed Walkerton tragedy, victims and advocates warn

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Last week, the government tabled a new piece of legislation, Bill 66, that, if passed, would allow commercial development to bypass several long-standing laws meant to protect the natural environment and the health of residents, including the Clean Water Act that was put in place following the Walkerton tragedy… The stated purpose of the proposed bill, called the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, is to cut “red tape” around planning approvals for businesses looking to invest in local communities.

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WSIB staffers decry chaos caused by ‘broken’ system that’s putting injured workers at risk

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Chronic understaffing, long wait times and chaotic case management at Ontario’s workers compensation board are putting vulnerable accident victims at risk, compromising the integrity of the provincial compensation system, and jeopardizing financial accountability, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s own employees.

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Call to create national plan to fight plastic waste gets full House support

Monday, December 10th, 2018

A motion calling for Canada to create a national strategy to combat plastics pollution received unanimous support in the House of Commons on Wednesday… “They put the environment first, ahead of partisan politics”… the motion calls on the federal government to develop a national strategy to attack the root cause of plastic waste in the ocean, and to help organizations working to preserve coastal communities.

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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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Not all Ontarians are being asked to sacrifice

Friday, December 7th, 2018

So far I have not seen business sacrifice. I have seen them given tax breaks, offered less red tape, offered payment not to pollute, and given lucrative opportunities to sell cannabis — and I expect private companies will be given more access to health care. In the fall economic statement the most vulnerable have been asked to sacrifice.

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PC bait and switch on climate change punishes Ontario taxpayers to pay off polluters

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Rather than imposing a price on carbon pollution as a cost of doing business, the Tories are shifting the burden to taxpayers by making them subsidize big business. Instead of polluters paying up, polluters are being paid off with $400 million in corporate carbon welfare that comes at taxpayers’ expense. Turns out that the premier’s famous “axe the tax” slogan served to disguise a bait-and-switch ploy that lets big business escape unscathed — taking the hatchet to taxpayer’s pocketbooks while slashing environmental protection.

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After GM, we need a plan for the 21st-century workplace

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

It’s the loss of stable, full-time unionized jobs that is feeding the crisis of inequality… Employment Insurance, for example, is still based on an old model of full-time, permanent jobs… It would mean, in short, designing an entire social eco-system appropriate to an age when life-long, stable employment is a rarity rather than the rule. It would assume that many people, perhaps most, will move among many employers and need both income support and effective training along the way.

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Welfare in Canada 2017

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The Welfare in Canada reports look at the total incomes available to those relying on social assistance (often called “welfare”), taking into account tax credits and other benefits along with social assistance itself. The reports look at four different household types for each province and territory. The reports are a continuation of the Welfare Incomes series originally published by the National Council of Welfare

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Ottawa just quietly launched a new kind of capitalism

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Buried deep in his speech, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the Social Finance Fund, a $755-million investment to kickstart Canada’s social-finance market… Social finance fills the wide-open space between business and philanthropy. It challenges the notion that financial profit and social purpose are mutually exclusive by creating new business models and investment vehicles that aim to create a measurable social or environmental benefit while also making a financial return.

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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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