Five myths about the tough-on-crime agenda

When Stephen Harper announced the election on August 2, he suggested only the Conservative party has the experience and knowledge to keep Canada safe and prosperous. A closer look at his government’s tough-on-crime agenda suggests otherwise. In fact, it’s one area we can safely say the government is making Canadians…
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CCPA staff share their ballot box questions

The writ has been dropped, and we are now four days into the longest election campaign in recent history. Canadians now have a critical decision to make about the direction of our country—and lots of time to make it. The first opportunity (of several, we hope) to have some of our…
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Pop-up tax boutique: the home reno tax credit

The first major election promise from the federal Conservatives: a permanent home renovation tax credit. On the surface this looks like an astute manoeuvre, given that home renovation has been booming in recent years. Canadian Press called the proposed credit a “big budget campaign promise,” but on closer inspection it is pretty…
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OECD cherry-picking minimum-wage situations

Over the past few weeks, an OECD infographic has been making the rounds on social media. The image shows the number of weekly hours needed at minimum wage to move out of poverty in certain of countries. The infographic suggests that in Canada, one needs to work 38 hours per…
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Where is Canada’s digital inclusion strategy?

When Alex first arrives at the drop-in computer class at his local neighbourhood house he’s never used a keyboard or surfed the Internet before. But he’s determined to learn so he can apply for government services he needs as a recently unemployed person with disabilities. Alex attends the weekly drop-in…
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The executives who are holding us for ransom

In a televised exchange with Michel Nadeau of the Institute for gouvernance of private and public organizations (IGOPP), I stated that public corporation executives’ level of compensation functioned just like a ransom. The discussion heated up, and I did not have the chance to explain what I meant when I…
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