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The Moral Imperative for Policy Advocacy

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

… if charities do not make governments uncomfortable, they are not delivering on their charitable mission…. charitable status conveys a moral responsibility to be an active agent within civil society, that charities must be more than the sum of their government contracts and charitable receipts. At a fundamental level, charitable status implies not only the power to row but also the obligation to steer, to be thought leaders in the arena of ideas.

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There is no perfect economic response for Canada’s coronavirus shutdown

Friday, March 27th, 2020

There’s been a flurry of debate about the best method to get help to individuals in this crisis. Should it be delivered by way of targeted income-support programs, such as the CERB? Should the money instead go to employers, in the form of a wage subsidy, enabling them to keep paying their employees, even if they aren’t doing anything? Or should the government just mail everyone a cheque… the amount depending on their income – a universal, if temporary, basic income?

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There’s less than meets the eye in Ontario’s COVID-19 plan

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Hospitals… are getting $935 million under this plan, which isn’t far off what they said they needed just to maintain the existing level of care before the coronavirus… there’s no plan for direct cash payments to help those who have lost work or been forced to isolate because of COVID-19…. plenty of other provinces are jumping in to enhance the Trudeau government’s stimulus package with their own measures, believing it is a necessary provincial role… The Ford government, by contrast, seems keen to leave the heavy lifting to Ottawa.

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Ontario unleashes record spending for COVID-19 pandemic with $17B in emergency measures

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Finance Minister Rod Phillips on Wednesday injected $3.3 billion more into health plus $3.7 billion for other supports and promised an additional $10 billion in tax deferrals, doubling the deficit to $20.5 billion… “COVID-19 is an extraordinary threat to the health and economy of Ontario…” “We will spend whatever it takes,” Ford told reporters.

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Postponing Retirement New Reality For Older Workers

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

… given the COVID-19-related slump in the market, older workers may need to spend extra years on the workforce, or settle for a lower level of retirement income… Recognizing that working past age 70 will become more common in the future, Ottawa should also raise the age at which workers must stop contributing to tax-deferred saving vehicles and start receiving income from them to age 75 from the current 71… [and] amend OAS and the CPP to allow for the deferral of income from these programs to age 75

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What the government is offering you in coronavirus-related benefits and how to get them

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Tax Payment And Filing Deadlines… Tax Instalments… Temporary Income Support For Workers And Parents… Special One-Time Payment… Increased Canada Child Benefit… Rrif Minimums… Student Loans

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Our tax system is too costly for the poorest Canadians

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

… a lack of financial literacy – or even general literacy – has an impact. Insufficient computer skills and lack of access to accounting resources also play a role. Yet, the predominant cause remains the mind-boggling and growing complexity of our tax system… Even chartered professional accountants think that the current system of tax deductions and credits is too complex… tax credits and exemptions targeting middle and higher-income Canadians should be abolished and replaced by broad-based tax cuts.

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AFB meet GND: What role might the Alternative Federal Budget play in fleshing out the details of a Green New Deal for Canada?

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Advocates need a clear and practical agenda to make the most of this opportunity without sacrificing either environmental or social prerogatives. The AFB can help in this respect.  Adopting all the AFB 2020 actions would mark an important shift in government policy-making and put the Canadian economy on more inclusive and sustainable foundations. It would do so without significantly adding to Canada’s debt at a time when public debt is truly the least of our problems.

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Why the Canada Revenue Agency should do our taxes for us

Friday, March 6th, 2020

The CRA automatically receives information about the employment and investment income for most Canadians, so let its computers fill out the forms and do the math on our behalf for free… where effectively you get a prepopulated digital return, which has all your income and deductions that it [the CRA] knows about there. And you either sign off on it, ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ or add any additional lines that are relevant and then submit it… Already 36 countries, including Britain, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands, allow return-free tax filing for some taxpayers

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Don’t Listen to Big Pharma Lobbyists: Universal Pharmacare Would Be Good for Workers and Good for Business

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

… the average Canadian employer providing drug coverage would save $750 per year per employee under universal pharmacare… a universal pharmacare plan could save Canadian businesses as much as $14 billion annually because such a plan “would eliminate much of the cost of health-care plans that business owners pay to cover employees.” … “employers, free from soaring premiums, could pay employees better or reinvest in their businesses.” … [and] save Canadians $4.2 billion in annual prescription costs.

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