The War Against Aging

There are, the old expression goes, lies, damn lies — and statistics. Throw enough frightening numbers around, and you can sell any sort of unfairness. The big target these days (besides airline attendants and postal workers) is the elderly. “Canada’s rapidly aging workforce” is a major issue, says Finance Minister…
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Recent Immigrants and the Crisis

It is no secret that times of  high unemployment and precarious work are especially tough for new and recent entrants to the job market, notably young workers and recent immigrants. The latter were especially hard hit in the recession and slow recovery of the 1990s, when new immigrants had great…
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Why Unions Matter

Bruce Campbell and Armine Yalnizyan Are unions more of a problem than a solution today? Anti-union sentiment has accelerated since the global crisis of 2008 brought economies to their knees and left public finances in a mess. Widespread frustration with fragile growth and soaring debt has been channeled towards unions,…
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Incomes and the Recession

Today’s Statscan release “Incomes of Canadians” provides data for 2009 and a partial reading on the impacts of the recession. (I say partial because the 2008 annual average data were impacted by the onset of the recession in the last quarter of the year, and since these impacts continued well…
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