Throwing STC Under the Bus

There are several compelling questions raised by government’s recent decision to wind down the Saskatchewan Transportation Company. For the most deeply affected, the questions are along the lines of “How am I going to get to my cancer treatments now?” But even those of us not directly impacted by the bus…
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New Canada Infrastructure Bank plays poker with public assets

The federal government’s promised Canada Infrastructure Bank is supposed to be a new government institution to fund infrastructure projects, but it’s a risky gamble. While details on the infrastructure bank are expected in the upcoming federal budget, we know it is being positioned as a new source of funds dedicated…
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Toronto garbage collection privatization politics: sniff test fail

This week Toronto city council will revisit the question of further garbage collection privatization despite evidence that suggests privatization politics don’t pass the sniff test. Right now, the west side of Toronto has garbage collection privatization while the east side remains under complete public control. According to research, the status quo…
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Trump and Trudeau are gunning to massively privatize infrastructure – and it’s going to cost you

As with most of Donald Trump’s policy ideas, details are still sparse on his plan for rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure. But two main pillars of the plan, outlined during the election campaign, stand out. First, he’s talking a big game – a proposed $1 trillion in infrastructure investment to be…
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The year as we saw it: 10 charts that defined Ontario in 2016

The experts at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office have been tracking economic developments in Ontario throughout the year. Some problems persist: the gender pay gap, social assistance poverty, the use of expensive payday loans as a last resort because traditional banks fail to serve low-income customers as…
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