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A basic income would be an unfair, complicated and costly way to eliminate poverty

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

There are many solutions we can work on to eliminate poverty and inequity in Canada. But a GBI should not be one of them.  It’s time we abandoned this utopian dream for pragmatic, rigorously tested, targeted programs that will reduce poverty, provide skills and training and create an inclusive labour market.

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Liberals promise to end for-profit long-term care in Ontario

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Calling the warehousing of seniors in long-term-care homes “one of the greatest mistakes” of the last century, Ontario’s Liberals are pledging a multibillion-dollar shift to caring for the elderly in their own homes as long as possible… The $2-billion “home-care-first” plan would provide more supports to seniors who could move on to smaller, more-homestyle facilities when they need higher levels of care…

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Too many dangers in promised privatization of care economy

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

People with complications are too costly… They’ll end up in an underfunded public not-for-profit system.  More access to care through for-profit providers does nothing to address the shortage of health care and eldercare workers and early childhood educators. Cheaper, more equitable, high-quality care that creates good jobs won’t happen by expanding for-profit care. Here are 10 advantages of investing more in public and not-for-profit care. 

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Inflation is back to 1991 levels, but that doesn’t mean the federal budget should be a ’90s remix

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

The focus on boosting innovation and investment is a waste of time and money. Since the 1990s, evidence shows governments don’t know how to goose productivity or growth.  But we know governments maximize potential when they invest in the foundations for everyone (affordable and accessible high-quality health, education, housing and communication, as a bare minimum). 

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Housing co-ops could solve Canada’s housing affordability crisis

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 April 19, 2022.   Margaret Kohn The housing affordability crisis seems impossible to solve. Policies intended to help people priced out of the market often serve to fan the flames and increase costs. An example is tax-free down payment plans like the one just announced in the federal 2022 budget, which can drive up prices by […]

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Protecting domestic generic drug manufacturing is vital to national pharmacare plan

Friday, April 15th, 2022

The federal commitment to national pharmacare presents an opportunity to improve prescription drug coverage for Canadians, reduce costs to taxpayers and patients through increased use of generic medicines, and to strengthen our domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and international supply chain.

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A short history of voluntary sector–government relations in Canada (revisited)

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

History provides an important contextual analysis for understanding current voluntary sector–government issues… This revisited historical overview will cover five dominant themes in the evolution of voluntary sector–government relations in Canada: 1) the federal state and moral charity, 2) Indigenous–settler relations, 3) a political and social reformation, 4) the rise of the welfare state, and 5) three waves, concluding with some lessons from history.

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Ontario colleges will be able to offer three-year degree programs for the first time

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop said new programs will train people for sectors experiencing workforce shortages; positions in demand include technology workers in health care, digital, data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and process automation… New three-year applied degree programs must be career-oriented and distinct from university degrees; they’ll be reviewed by a quality assessment board and require the minister’s approval. The province expects new programs will be launched by fall 2023.

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This tax ‘loophole’ has helped rich Canadians avoid millions in taxes for their private corporations. Now the government wants to shut it down

Sunday, April 10th, 2022

The government said this amendment to the Income Tax Act would increase federal revenues by an estimated $4.2 billion over five years, according to the budget tabled on April 7… It appears the CRA only began in recent years cracking down on this technique of shifting a private company’s status for tax purposes, although the strategy emerged as early as 2010… the government did not address several broader tax loopholes that it was expected to.

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From health care to pharmacare to housing, federal budget fails Canadians

Sunday, April 10th, 2022

In many ways, this failed budget looks like gesture politics, the act of appearing to care but doing little of substance… Canada can afford to do better for its people. The Canadian economy is indeed “booming”… The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) expects GDP to hit $2.8 trillion next year, about 18 higher than Ottawa forecast in December… Using conservative estimates, Ottawa is projecting a sharp drop in the federal deficit…

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