Looking at COVID-19 through an LFS lens

The COVID-19 crisis has repeatedly demonstrated the profound inequities of our labour market and social safety net. The situation has been particularly acute for low wage, precarious workers, those with the fewest legal protections and the fewest resources to weather this storm.  With 2020 drawing to a close, we compiled…
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From Response to Recovery: How Canada can support families and children beyond COVID-19

With the recent release of the federal government’s fall economic statement, Canadians got their first official overview of the government’s fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments in Canada have implemented or announced $382.4-billion in fiscal measures, according to the federal government’s statement. Numbers of this magnitude are hard to…
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New federal climate plan hindered by commitment to fossil fuel production

Five years after the negotiation of the Paris agreement, the federal government is finally starting to walk the talk on climate change. Canada’s updated climate action plan, released December 11, is the most serious piece of climate policy we’ve yet seen from this government. It comes alongside new measures announced…
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A fiscal update for hard times: Is it enough?

If anyone doubts that we are living through a grave global pandemic, all they need to do is read the federal government’s newest fiscal update. It’s a fiscal update like no other. It’s designed to get Canada through a challenging COVID-19 winter, dropping money on long-term care, safer school conditions,…
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1492 Land Back Lane: Respect for Indigenous land protectors

People everywhere should be watching what’s happening on Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) territory at 1492 Land Back Lane in Caledonia, Ontario. The basic facts of this latest confrontation are plain enough.  In 2015 Foxgate Developments paid $4 million for 10 hectares of land bordering the town of Caledonia. The development company…
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Terminating the Hamilton Police Liaison Program in the HWDSB: Four Years in Review

Photo courtesy of HWDSB Kids Need Help A History Of Us On Monday June 22nd, after hosting a sit-in on the street for almost seven hours, we celebrated and danced as we listened in on the school board meeting, where trustees ultimately voted to terminate the Police Liaison Program for…
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In tribute to John Loxley – thank you, brother

John Loxley was sought after by governments—provincial, federal, and international—for his wise counsel. Yet he was happy and perhaps felt more at home explaining the ideas of progressive economics to trade union and community activists, with clarity and without condescension. It’s worth recalling what progressive movements faced in the 90s,…
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