Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream

The Canadian Progressive: New Council of Canadians video seeks to spark public debate on CETA [VIDEO]

A new video from the Council of Canadians seeks to start an enlightened public conversation on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. The post New Council of Canadians video seeks to spark public debate on CETA [... . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: New Council of Canadians video seeks to spark public debate on CETA [VIDEO]

The Canadian Progressive: CETA investment reforms won’t prevent corporate attacks on health and environment

The European Commission’s new investment protection proposals for future trade agreements, which were recently incorporated into the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), won’t prevent dangerous corporate attacks on public he… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: CETA investment reforms won’t prevent corporate attacks on health and environment

Alberta Politics: Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination

PHOTOS: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s misleading “debt clock” trailer back when Alberta’s debt wasn’t $10 billion. Now it isn’t $17 billion. Below: CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson, telling Okotoks Online that 44,000 teachers sho… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination

The Canadian Progressive: Budget turns left but doesn’t step on the gas: think tank

The 2016 federal budget delivered on poverty reduction, First Nations funding, but several of the Liberals’ 2015 election promises were not addressed, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The post Budget turns left but doesn’t step on t… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Budget turns left but doesn’t step on the gas: think tank

The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2016: Alternative plan proposes lifting 1.1 million Canadians out of poverty, fighting climate change

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Alternative Federal Budget would lift 1.1 million Canadians out of poverty and empower Canada to fight climate change. The post Federal Budget 2016: Alternative plan proposes lifting 1.1 million Canadians o… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2016: Alternative plan proposes lifting 1.1 million Canadians out of poverty, fighting climate change

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives just launched a new series of reports seeking to “demystify” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as Canada inches closer to ratifying the controversial trade deal. The post Canadian think-tank wants to demyst… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The Canadian Progressive: Trans-Pacific Partnership hides significant health costs, according to two new studies

Two new studies from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives find “significant risks and high public costs” Canada’s health care system within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The post Trans-Pacific Partnership hides significant… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trans-Pacific Partnership hides significant health costs, according to two new studies

Alberta Politics: Fearless champion of the corporate overdog snarls at CCPA’s eye-popping New Year CEO salary tally

PHOTOS: Beggars and bazillionaires, not really as far apart as you think, the Fraser Institute insists. Top 100 Canadian corporate executives may not appear exactly as illustrated. Minimum wage workers, though? Not so different. Below: CCPA researcher … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Fearless champion of the corporate overdog snarls at CCPA’s eye-popping New Year CEO salary tally

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Cutting through Canada’s election fog, where’s inequality, climate change and free trade?

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Podcast151012-Elections-TPP.mp3

 

This week’s podcast is a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives double-header. The CCPA has been an invaluable resource for alternative economic and political analysis for decades and I always enjoy highlighting their work. First up, I speak with Seth Klein, the director of the Centre’s British Columbia office, on how inequality and climate, two major issues to which Seth and the CCPA devote considersable effort, have fared in Canada’s election debate so far. Seth also talks about how the platforms of the parties stack up against the Leap Manifesto. The second half of the episode contains my conversation (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Fate of Canadian Wheat Board a disturbing harbinger for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers

PHOTOS: Tractors in the streets of Ottawa on Tuesday, their drivers protesting the Harper Conservatives’ barely concealed plans to destroy the supply-management agricultural sector. (Grabbed from @amkfoote on Twitter.) Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and CCPA economist Bruce Campbell. GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta With the farmer-owned Canadian Wheat Board gutted by legislation […]

The post Fate of Canadian Wheat Board a disturbing harbinger for Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers appeared first on Alberta Politics.

The Canadian Progressive: Think tank unveils election platform to end income inequality in Canada

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives wants voters to cast a vote to end income inequality in Canada when they head to the polls on October 19.

The post Think tank unveils election platform to end income inequality in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moral crusade against marijuana escalates the war on drugs wastes public resources on law enforcement and the justice system.

The post Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s draconian cuts making the Canadian public service bleed [VIDEO]

The Public Service Alliance of Canada wants voters to remember the impact of the Harper government’s cuts to public services when they vote during the 2015 federal election.

The post Harper’s draconian cuts making the Canadian public service bleed [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda causing more prison violence, rights abuses

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researcher, Paula Mallea, explains how Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda has become a tough-on-rights crusade.

The post Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda causing more prison violence, rights abuses appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Victoria is the best city to be a woman in Canada: Study

A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals that Victoria is the best city to be a woman in Canada.

The post Victoria is the best city to be a woman in Canada: Study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Ditch the expensive and risky F-35 fighter jet, Mr. Harper

A new study accuses the Harper govern of mismanaging Canada’s defence procurement, recommends ditching planned purchase of expensive F-35 fighters jets.

The post Ditch the expensive and risky F-35 fighter jet, Mr. Harper appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Precariat

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about Angel Reyes, the 61-year-old member of the precariat terminated from his five-year ‘temp’ job at a recycling company one week after speaking to The Star about his inability to secure a full-time designation for the work he was doing, which meant that he was paid minimum wage while those classified as permanent at the plant made much more.

Unfortunately, Reyes is but one of many unable to escape the cycle of poverty and uncertain work, a situation aided and abetted by provincial regulations that seem to pay obeisance to the business imperative, an (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: $15 is too low, and three years is too long to wait, for a higher Alberta minimum wage

PHOTOS: Greetings from Halifax, where a minimum wage almost as low as Alberta’s isn’t half of what a two-earner family needs to live a decent life. Can it be much different in Calgary or Edmonton? Below: Enthusiastic Tweeter Dan Kelly’s Twitter thumbnail; Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci. HALIFAX, N.S. The biggest problem with the Alberta […]

The post $15 is too low, and three years is too long to wait, for a higher Alberta minimum wage appeared first on Alberta Politics.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper government’s anti-terror laws target anti-pipeline foes

The Harper government Bill C-51 and other recently-passed anti-terror laws are designed to target and silence anti-pipeline foes, protect Big Oil interests.

The post Harper government’s anti-terror laws target anti-pipeline foes appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Free trade to blame for growing income inequality in Canada

A study recently released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that the modern free trade era has exacerbated income inequality in Canada.

The post Free trade to blame for growing income inequality in Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study

A new study says gender inequality in Canada has persisted or worsened in critical areas such as violence against women, women’s economic security, and the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.

The post In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Climate damages litigation could cost Canadian oil & gas companies billions: study

A new study reveals that Canada’s oil and gas companies could be penalized billions of dollars for their contribution to climate change.

The post Climate damages litigation could cost Canadian oil & gas companies billions: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: 130 civil society organizations reject Canada-EU CETA trade deal

More than 130 civil society organizations on both sides of the Atlantic have reiterated their continuing rejection of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA.

The post 130 civil society organizations reject Canada-EU CETA trade deal appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Making Sense of the CETA

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the Canada-EU trade deal favours large multinational corporations and burdens consumers, the environment, and the greater public interest.

The post Making Sense of the CETA appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: To end homelessness in Canada, systemic change is needed

Molly McCracken, the Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba Office, argues that the current federal response to homelessness in Canada “is disproportionate to the scope of the problem.”

The post To end homelessness in Canada, systemic change is needed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.