Facts and Evidence versus Threats and Hyperbole: Dissecting Business’ Case Against First Contract Arbitration

The recent debate in Nova Scotia surrounding proposed first contract arbitration (FCA) legislation offers revealing truths about the contemporary relationship between labour and capital in Atlantic Canada.  Arguments recently presented by the business community to the Law Amendments Committee against FCA can be summarized as follows: – FCA could hurt…
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Challenging capitalism: a 12-step program

Over a year ago, I posted “What are the Game Changers?“, an attempt at sparking some strategic thinking for the broader left. Now that we’ve had a month of Occupation, building on the original Occupy Wall Street action, I’ve been wanting to put these ideas back on the table, so…
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Families, Time and Well-Being

Inequality of well-being among families with children is increasing at an even faster rate than income inequality, according to a new study by Peter Burton and Shelley Phipps, “Families, Time, and Well-Being in Canada”. They find that total family working hours have increased over the past decade, but not for…
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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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