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10 Oct 2017

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Fixing Canada’s EI system is critical for the future of work

October 10, 2017 | By

Canada’s employment insurance (EI) system is a major plank of the country’s social architecture. However, the system, now 75 years old, is failing to meet its original intent. EI was established to protect workers against income loss while temporarily out of work and to provide access to job opportunities through training. In order to meet those objectives today, EI needs major reforms. Indeed, the shortfalls that exist in 2017 will only be amplified as the employment landscape continues to change significantly in the decades ahead. Read More

27 Sep 2017

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Provinces should lead policy innovation on Canada’s defining issues – again

September 27, 2017 | By

With political news focused on federal tax changes, a federal cabinet shuffle, and federally-led NAFTA renegotiations, it is easy to lose sight of the where the weight of governing falls in Canada. According to the OECD, Canada’s provincial, territorial and local governments account for nearly four out of every five public dollars spent – a level of decentralization unmatched by any other developed country. Read More

09 Aug 2017

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We’re speaking more languages, but is our landscape more diverse?

August 9, 2017 | By

Each fresh wave of results from the 2016 Census brings a new appreciation for Canada’s deepening diversity, and last week’s release is no exception. As of 2016, 23 per cent of Canadians have a language other than English or French as their “mother tongue.” That figure rises to 29 per cent in Ontario and a remarkable 47 per cent – almost one in two – in Toronto. Read More

29 Jun 2017

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Future jobs: How we’ll earn a living 150 years from now

June 29, 2017 | By

Canadians have seen the world of work rapidly reshape itself around them in the past 30 years. Globalization, technological change, declining unionization rates and new business strategies are among the forces that have combined to create a labour market characterized by stagnant wages and eroding job quality. Read More

16 May 2017

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A sum of all fears: How ‘rigid incrementality’ could be the number one threat to infrastructure spending in Canada

May 16, 2017 | By and

After decades of serial neglect, the last two federal budgets have together committed $180 billion over 12 years for investments in Canada’s beleaguered public infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address a chronic infrastructure deficit that everyone agrees is a real barrier to our economic growth. Read More

28 Oct 2016

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An era of precarious employment calls for a new social architecture

October 28, 2016 | By and

Recently, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elicited strong reactions by suggesting Canadians need to get used to precarious employment because it’s the new normal. But the reality could be much worse. Read More

19 Oct 2016

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Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

October 19, 2016 | By

Faced with an aging population, it will take increased funding from Ottawa but also better management by the provinces to address Canada’s health care challenges.
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04 Apr 2016

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On Uber, three issues Toronto needs to get right

April 4, 2016 | By

After 18 months, several traffic-halting protests, two court challenges and thousands of water cooler discussions, the moment of truth is near. Toronto’s city council is expected to develop a regulatory framework for taxis and the ride-sourcing company Uber in April.
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20 Jan 2016

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Fiscal transfers are growing. But are they effective?

January 20, 2016 | By and

The size of transfer payments can’t tell us if provincial governments are good fiscal managers.

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16 Dec 2015

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Uber ups the ante. So what’s the TTC going to do about it?

December 16, 2015 | By

Uber is courting controversy again in Toronto. It launched a new service called UberHop this week that permits passengers to share a ride between selected downtown locations.

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