Post-pandemic: Towards a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable society

We live in unprecedented times. The global community has been broadsided by a pandemic that has upended our lives socially, physically, psychologically, and financially. As Canadian provinces begin re-emerging from the shutdown, it’s important to appreciate that the world as we know it will never be the same. We can’t…
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The unequal burden of COVID-19 joblessness

April Labour Force Survey Key Facts: 3 million lost jobs, but another 2.5 million had a majority of their hours cut. 5.5 million Canadians lost work or a majority of their hours since February. 2 in 5 youth (aged 15 to 24) lost jobs or a majority of their hours….
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A snapshot of Canada’s import structure of COVID-19 medical supplies

The COVID-19 global outbreak has brought into sharp focus the threat of supply disruptions and shortages of critical medical products and equipment. In the U.S., as in many other places, efforts to contain the pandemic have exposed the limits of domestic stockpiles and industrial capacity, which has prompted concerns about…
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An impossible choice: at least 540,000 low wage workers risk losing CERB if they refuse unsafe work

With provincial economies starting to reopen, we need to take a close look at the workers most at risk.  Reopening is sometimes framed as if allowing businesses to switch on the “open” sign will immediately return everything to normal. But there are many more important considerations: workers and consumers need…
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