Familiarity Breeds Resistance: Harris-era parents know there’s nothing innovative about Ontario’s education cuts

I came of age as an activist and researcher when Mike Harris blustered his way into power in the 90s. His education minister, John Snobelen, famously a high school dropout, was much more comfortable referring to students as “clients,” parents as “customers” and teachers as “front line service providers,” and…
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Taking a hammer to Steeltown: Ontario government cancels funding for Hamilton’s LRT project

With virtually no prior warning, the Ontario government announced on Monday, December 16⁠—five days ago⁠—that they had cancelled the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, a long-planned 14-km rapid transit line running east-west across Hamilton between McMaster University and Eastgate Square. Adding insult to injury, Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney…
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Racism in the labour market is costing us all

There has been no shortage of talk about race and racism in Canada of late. In September, revelations about the Prime Minister’s past penchant for wearing blackface triggered a national conversation about the mockery, insults, bullying, and disrespect that racialized Canadians routinely face. But in discussing racism in social interactions,…
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It’s all about tax cuts

In the past year and a half, the Ontario government has demanded that Ontarians sacrifice many vital public services to address an alleged fiscal crisis. But in a report released earlier this week, the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) shows that most of the savings from service cuts are not going…
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By the numbers: Race, gender and the Canadian labour market

Canada’s population is increasingly racialized. The 2016 census counted 7.7 million racialized individuals in Canada. That number represented 22% of the population, up from 16% just a decade earlier.Unfortunately, the rapid growth in the racialized population is not being matched by a corresponding increase in economic equality. Using 2016 census…
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Oil Together Now: Who’s really playing politics in the classroom?

Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is very concerned that teachers in classrooms across the province are turning students into anti-oil zealots. Her evidence? Two multiple-choice questions from a grade 10 Social Studies test, reportedly sent by a parent, that appear to cast aspersions on oilsands development (the offending options have…
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