Bill 70: stepping outside the law

Slyly making dire changes to social assistance legislation “to allow a better match between training and jobs and to facilitate labour market entry,” Bill 70 is set to be the worst infringement upon the Act to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion since it was passed with unanimous support from Quebec’s National…
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Best CCPA-Ontario reads of 2015

Maybe you take the quietude of the holiday season as a time to unplug and reflect. Maybe, like me, you curl up with a pile of progressive reading that you’ve been meaning to catch up on. If so, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office is at your service. Embrace your…
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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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Is your pension fund in climate denial?

Fossil fuel divestment campaigns have become a focus for climate change organizing, targeting university endowments, churches, foundations and pension funds. While the motivations are primarily moral—if it is wrong to wreck the climate, it is wrong to profit from that wreckage—there are important economic arguments for divestment. If we are…
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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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