5 reasons to be skeptical of Keep Ontario Working’s “risk” analysis of Bill 148 and $15 minimum wage

Keep Ontario Working (KOW), a coalition of business groups, has released its analysis of Bill 148, the legislation that will increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 per hour and introduce important improvements to working conditions. With the legislative window to make any changes to the Bill closing, KOW…
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Trudeau and Macron, the radical centrists

Macron and Trudeau at the G20 summit in Hamburg © PMTrudeau Flickr photostream. Can one be passionately centrist in this day and age? French President Emanuel Macron has staked his relatively short political career on it, with considerable success. Though the mood in Paris after recent legislative elections may be more…
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Populism ascending

Donald Trump was still about two weeks away from winning the U.S. presidency when The Populist Explosion was released in October. The election would take many people by surprise, including the book’s author John Judis, sure as they all were that the more mainstream candidate could not lose. Since then…
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Income Assistance in Nova Scotia: From last resort to repairing the social safety net

While it is easy to get distracted by rhetoric during an election campaign, people want and need to understand how party platforms would affect their lives and communities in tangible terms. One of the issues discussed in the election campaign is income assistance. The Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2017 provides…
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