Canada must be tough on new U.S. aluminum tariffs

Photo by ccbarr, Flickr Creative Commons On August 6, a mere five weeks after the Canada–U.S.–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) entered into force, the Trump administration announced it was re-applying Section 232 tariffs of 10% against all imports of unwrought, unalloyed aluminum from Canada. Wasn’t the new NAFTA meant to spell the…
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Comparing provincial economic responses to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of collective responses via governments at all levels. The Canadian context of federalism, with a division of powers between federal and provincial/territorial governments, also highlights key differences in approaches to the pandemic. At its best, federalism is an advantageous arrangement, with the…
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COVID-19 exposes huge cracks in Nova Scotia’s labour protections

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the lack of paid sick leave for workers in our province, indeed our country. Whether employees have access to sick leave, paid or unpaid, is part of labour standards legislation. Given that only 30% of workers are unionized in Nova Scotia (12% in the…
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