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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December 6th: A day to honour lives lost and fight for a comprehensive national action plan against gender-based violence

In Canada we vow to end violence against women every December, to remember the massacre of 14 young women studying engineering at the Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique. It’s a mission that won’t succeed, however, until we speak plainly and in the active voice about “violence against women.” Call it “intimate…
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Congratulations to an Editor for the ages

Ed Finn was a supporter and board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives since its earliest days in the ‘80s. But in 1994, he became the editor of a publication intended to communicate with the CCPA’s 196 individual supporters and attract new ones (narrator’s voice: It worked brilliantly). …
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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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CCPA joins global campaign to #MakeAmazonPay

Amazon’s rise from online bookseller to trillion-dollar global logistics, internet, merchandising and entertainment behemoth was fast and ferocious. Behind the same-day deliveries and trend-setting television series is a company committed to ruthlessly destroying productive economic activity and debasing workers. It is helped along in this pursuit by aggressive (but legal) tax…
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