The T-word (taxes) finally takes centre stage in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s annual budgetfest debates just got interesting. After months of Mayor John Tory avoiding the T-word (taxes), a city report released today puts important tax options on the table. These options include short-term measures needed to balance the 2017 operating budget and longer-term measures to pay for…
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Cap and trade’s potential impact on Ontario jobs

This spring the Ontario Government introduced legislation that lays the groundwork for a greenhouse gas cap and trade system and is the legislative basis for Ontario joining Quebec and California in the Western Climate Initiative. Setting emission reduction targets and putting a price on carbon are essential to combat climate change….
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Strengthening the heart of Ontario universities: making sure every academic job is a good job

Professors and academic librarians are at the heart of Ontario universities. They teach courses, mentor students, and conduct research that expands our knowledge and drives our economy. So everyone with a stake in our higher education system—students, parents, businesspeople, citizens, and policymakers—should be concerned with one important question: do we…
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Precarious workers: Government can’t ignore its own

The government of Ontario says it wants to help workers in precarious jobs. With the launch this year of its “Changing Workplaces Review,” the province aims “to improve security and opportunity for those made vulnerable by the structural economic pressures and changes being experienced by Ontarians in 2015.” It’s a…
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Lessons on the living wage, from Waterloo Region

Six years ago it seemed like living wage was dead in Waterloo Region. Waterloo Regional Council had spent months considering whether or not to implement a living wage policy for all regional staff and externally contracted service staff. But in the face of the global recession and a looming municipal…
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