Ontario election 2018: Turning votes into seats

In Ontario’s first-past-the-post electoral system, it’s not just a matter of counting votes. Here are a few things to think about that may help determine who wins—and who loses—on June 7: Geography matters Governments change when the same people vote differently, or when different people vote the same—but in a…
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Is Canada backing away from NAFTA’s unreasonable investment chapter?

Inside US Trade is reporting today that the Canadian government is prepared to let go of NAFTA’s controversial investor-state dispute settlement process (ISDS) in a renegotiated deal, possibly in exchange for keeping NAFTA’s Chapter 19 review mechanism for antidumping and countervailing duty decisions by North American governments. This would be…
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Media get it wrong on Bank of Canada minimum wage study

Over a million workers in Ontario just got a big raise thanks to tireless, bottom-up organizing, but to hear the media tell it, this is a bad news story. The same, tired headlines are back. Wednesday, the CBC ran a story titled, “Minimum wage hikes could cost Canada’s economy 60,000…
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Paying for progressive policy in Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces

To end homelessness, provincial and territorial governments need to adequately finance social spending—especially spending on affordable housing, social assistance, child benefits, and homelessness services. And any provincial government wanting to increase social spending needs a solid fiscal plan to get there. Here are 10 things to know about the fiscal…
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Towards universal child care in Canada: A tale of two policies

When the Ontario government rolled out its five-year child care action plan for children under 4 years earlier this month, the child care movement applauded—perhaps for the first time, and more or less enthusiastically, since the Paul Martin Liberals introduced their Canada-wide “QUAD” plan in 2004, which advanced quality, universal inclusivity…
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