Canada’s 1% still flying high

While much of the conversation on Canada’s new Census income numbers focuses on the sustained nature of income inequality, little attention has been paid to what’s been happening to the richest 1% compared to the rest of us. This is the first time that a Canadian Census includes information about…
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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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Saskatchewan’s Cruel and Unusual Budget

Despite the provincial government’s insistence that its budget cuts would “strike a balance” among those affected, Wednesday’s budget sure seemed to favour some over others. While the government’s budget cuts and tax increases landed disproportionately on the shoulders of the poor, it simultaneously lavished multiple tax breaks on corporations. That…
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Wall expands private pay clinics despite warning from Feds

The Saskatchewan government’s controversial for-profit MRI plan has now drawn the ire of the federal government. Federal health minister Jane Philpott has written to Provincial Health Minister Jim Reiter, telling him she would like Saskatchewan to “put an end” to encouraging private payment for medical scans. “While the ‘two for…
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Unequal partners: Power, profit and the public interest in P3s

Here we are again reviewing the evidence that private business can deliver essential public services and infrastructure at less cost and with better results than the public sector. With the recent federal government announcement of the public infrastructure bank public-private partnerships (p3s), it is now seeking to reassure Canadians that…
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