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Ranked ballots for municipal elections matter and why Doug Ford should care

Monday, October 26th, 2020

… what is Premier Doug Ford afraid of? Municipalities deserve to decide how they conduct their own affairs, including how they elect their leaders. In fact, in referendums in Kingston and Cambridge, ranked ballots were chosen by voters as the way to elect their representatives.

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People with disabilities deserve a basic income

Monday, October 26th, 2020

It’s time to treat people with disabilities with respect instead of paternalism and to address the inadequacies of the current system. The proposed federal Disability Benefit is an opportunity to do better. Will it measure up to a basic income? Let’s hope so.

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A Federal Basic Income Within The Post Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

… the federal government should announce its intention to: Introduce a Basic Income Guarantee close to the Market Basket Measure, paid monthly, to residents of Canada between the ages of 18 and 64; Design the Basic Income Guarantee so that those with no income would receive the full benefit, but those with other sources of income would receive a benefit reduced by a proportion of their other income; …

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Ottawa now has a road map to rein in digital giants

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

… an Australian-type regime in Canada would allow news publishers to recover about $620 million in ad revenue a year that’s now going to swell the bottom lines of Google and Facebook. That would make up most of the revenue losses the publishers are expected to suffer in the next few years. And it would be enough to save the jobs of an estimated 700 journalists (and all the content they produce), along with some 1,400 others in the news industry alone.

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Province to scrap controversial teacher hiring rule

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The Ontario government is going to… scrap a controversial hiring rule that gives preference to supply teachers with the most seniority… After years of complaints from boards and principals about Regulation 274 — which essentially forces them to hire from among a small group of teachers who have spent the most time on the supply list… Education Minister Stephen Lecce… prefers that schools hire the best fit for the job.

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Federal NDP chooses wealth taxes as the wedge issue party needs right now

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

The biggest knocks against wealth taxes is that they encourage the flight of capital and tax avoidance, and they shrink incentives for investment. The Parliamentary Budget Officer costed the 1-per-cent tax proposal and estimated it would raise $5.6-billion in the current fiscal year, but also that each family’s net worth would shrink by 35 per cent in a vast expansion of avoidance behaviour.

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Canada needs a new grand national bargain: Quebec and Alberta

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Canada’s greatest challenge now is to get a new national grand bargain in the face of multiple external adversities – COVID-19, international forces that are increasingly hostile to Canada and its resource industries… Canadians themselves are ready – they are pragmatic and they want a united country that is serious about climate change… The challenge for Ottawa, the provinces, the Indigenous community and the business community is to find mutually supportive ways forward.

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COVID pandemic offers glimpse of upheaval climate crisis will cause

Monday, October 12th, 2020

The fiscal infusions must be directed to address both the impacts of COVID and to kickstart the changes needed to address the climate crisis. For example, the transition of CERB to a basic guaranteed income to eliminate poverty and its health impacts. Or a just and equitable transition from fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable “green” economy… we need a Team Canada — all levels of government, all political groups working together. And we need action.

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Medicare 2.0: Fixing Holes in our healthcare system that hurt Canadians

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Each wave of the pandemic reignites concerns about the state of long-term care homes and renews existing calls to improve our healthcare system… This research paper urges the government to expand public health care and outlines why it is critical to do so now, during COVID-19, calling for establishing comprehensive mental health services, making long-term care part of medicare, and implementing universal pharmacare now.

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Ontario needs to step in and protect workers

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

Too many companies have built business models that maximize profit by exploiting workers, largely by finding ways to avoid treating them as employees… Business exploiting lax labour laws to the detriment of workers is a concern in the world of temp agencies and their increasingly unscrupulous money-making tactics, the misclassification of workers as independent contractors to strip them of basic employment rights, and the expansion of temporary and part-time work that comes with few benefits.

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