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The Canadian Progressive: New report chronicles regulatory failures behind Lac-Mégantic

New report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives details eight key ways in which regulatory failure contributed to the Lac-Mégantic disaster.

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The Canadian Progressive: Navigating Canada’s complex terrain of student financial assistance

A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that “student aid systems in Canada are intricate, elaborate, and, in many cases, thoroughly unmanageable.”

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Temporary agency workers struggling with low pay and economic insecurity: CCPA report

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examined the rise of temporary agency work in British Columbia, proposes reforms to better protect workers.

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The Canadian Progressive: F-35 Fighter Jet Too Dangerous For Canadian Air Force, Says Report

by: Obert Madondo | June 9, 2014

A new report released Monday is urging the Harper Government to shelve its plans to purchase F-35 fighter jets to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet.

The report, entitled “One Dead Pilot: Single-Engine F-35s a Bad Choice,” was released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The report was written by University of British Columbia political science professor Michael Byers, who recently won the $50,000 Donner Prize for his book International Law and the Arctic.

Reuters recently reported that the Conservatives would soon be purchasing 65 F-35 fighters.

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The Canadian Progressive: Alternative Federal Budget would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty: Think Tank

by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release

CCPA Alternative Budget 2014

OTTAWA — The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) warns a so-called “do-nothing” federal budget is anything but, and is likely to worsen Canada’s slowing economy.

The CCPA’s 2014 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously address Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns. It delivers a plan that would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4%—and still balance the budget one year later than the federal government (Read more…)

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Alberta Diary: Shining you on: Alison Redford calls for a little selective sunshine on civil service salaries

The scene in February 2014: CBC investigative journalist Charles Rusnell pores through a list of senior Alberta civil service salaries as horrified deputy ministers and university professors look on. Actual Alberta public employees may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation Don Scott, left, with some guy his party would just as soon you forgot about. (Image grabbed from the Internet from country933.com.) I wonder what the yellow gloves are for?

Have the calls Alberta’s Progressive Conservative MLAs are getting from modestly paid unionized civil servants, furious about having their salaries frozen (Read more…)

A Different Point of View....: Are our banks really safe?

The world banking system could come crashing down around our heads again – even worse than in 2008. Giant banks apparently learned very little from the earlier collapse. Many of them are carrying on the same overly risky and even illegal activities that led to the earlier crisis. 

If Canada’s banking regulations are not substantially toughened by the time the next global financial crisis hits – yes, there will be another crisis – our Big Five banks may very well find themselves in serious trouble. Again.

The public is almost entirely unaware that our banking system, with just a couple of wrong moves or some bad luck, could go into a tailspin at any time. And when the next serious setback occurs, we could end up suffering even more than in 2008-2010.

Throughout the Great Recession, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and the financial community managed to keep secret the fact . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: Are our banks really safe?

The Canadian Progressive: New study makes the case for postal banking in Canada

The reintroduction of postal banking in Canada would offer access to financial services not now available to many Canadians, says new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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The Canadian Progressive: BC’s wheelchair fee for seniors in long-term care facilities not fair: Researcher

Janine Farrell, a seniors care researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explains why the recently announced $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in BC is not fair.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada lacks coherent response to end violence against women: study

by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 – Progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

“The difficulty of collecting data about violence against women has been a barrier to progress in ending that violence,” says the study’s author Kate McInturff. “However, the data that does exist tells us three things very clearly: this problem is big, it comes at a (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has a new website

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, arguably Canada’s leading progressive voice on public policy issues, has a new website.

What’s new?

This note from the communications team at CCPA:

Aside from a spiffy new look, we hope you’ll find the site easier to navigate, and more fully integrated with our blogs and social media channels. Rest assured that the website still has the same comprehensive research, publications and timely analysis that you have come to expect from the CCPA.

We also hope that you will check out the new CCPA site on your smartphone (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Half of First Nations children in Canada live in poverty, study finds

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

OTTAWA – Indigenous children in Canada are over two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children, according to a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and Save the Children Canada.

The study disaggregates child poverty statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada based on data from the 2006 census, which is the most recent data available on Indigenous child poverty:

The first tier has a poverty rate of 12% and excludes Indigenous, racialized, and immigrant (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: This is the answer to Toronto’s $2.5 billion transit question

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release: TORONTO – A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-Ontario) lays out a compromise solution to political gridlock over how to pay for the region’s $2.5 billion in planned public transit expansion. Toronto’s $2.5 Billion Question: GTA and Hamilton Public Transit Expansion Revenue Options, by economist Hugh Mackenzie, weighs [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Report gives Manitoba’s invisible migrant farm workers a voice

They come to Manitoba each summer under Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program to work on farms and nurseries. And they’re invisible. Now a new report by the Migrant Worker Solidarity Network and The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba gives these migrant farm workers a voice. About the report: The Migrant Worker’s Solidarity Network (MWSN), a group [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Saskatchewan: A beachhead of labour law reform?

By: Andrew Stevens | First published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on May 3, 2013: Sweeping changes to Saskatchewan’s labour relations and employment standards legislation are on the verge of being passed. Bill 85, the Saskatchewan Employment Act, will dramatically transform the laws governing trade unions and industrial relations in the province. The [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Saskatchewan: A beachhead of labour law reform?

By: Andrew Stevens | First published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on May 3, 2013: Sweeping changes to Saskatchewan’s labour relations and employment standards legislation are on the verge of being passed. Bill 85, the Saskatchewan Employment Act, will dramatically transform the laws governing trade unions and industrial relations in the province. The [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Gender gap leaves Canadian women “leaning in” for the next 228 years, says study

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) argues that, without change in public policy, it’ll take Canada 228 years to close its yawning gender gap. The study, titled Closing Canada’s Gender Gap, examined Canada’s progress in closing the gap between men and women over the [...]

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A Different Point of View....: Pension funds and church rebelover excessive corporate salaries

A shareholder revolt at struggling Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold producer, will hopefully lead to protests that will encourage the Canadian government and business to introduce limits on out-of-control executive pay.

The public just learned that Barrick paid an enormous signing bonus of $11.9-million to high-flying international executive John Thornton, its new co-chair, last year. His total compensation for 2012 was a whopping $17-million.

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The Canadian Progressive: The Impacts of the Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker In Canada

She Fixes So Many Problems By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: The Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) is one of the programs established by the Province of Manitoba to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism, [...]

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: British Columbia study advocates postconsumerist model of zero waste

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Wilderness Committee calls for a radical rethink of British Columbia’s waste management policies. It argues that recycling can’t solve the province’s pollution problems and calls for a postconsumerist model of zero waste. While acknowledging [...]

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The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Fossil fuel divestment necessary to avoid “carbon bubble”, says study

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release: OTTAWA – Canada’s economy is experiencing a “carbon bubble” that could have significant consequences for Canada’s financial markets and pension funds, according to a new study released March 26 by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Between two-thirds and four-fifths of known [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Avoid Austerity: Keep Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy strong, says report

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release: St. John’s, NL – At a time when global austerity measures are causing profound hardship among populations and are proving harmful to their economies, a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says public spending cuts could deeply damage Newfoundland and Labrador’s [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Ontario’s 2012 austerity measures causing an economic slowdown: Report

Press Release | Posted Mar 18, 2013 Ontario’s experiment with austerity in 2012 is contributing to an economic slowdown that demands a different course of action in 2013, says a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office (CCPA-Ontario). The report, by CCPA-Ontario Director Trish Hennessy and CAW economist Jim [...]

The Canadian Progressive: 2013 Alternative Fed Budget: Water crisis needs long-term plan, not cuts

By: Council of Canadians (Press Release) With the next federal budget fast approaching, the 2013 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), Doing Better Together, released today, warns that the “Harper government’s cuts to the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) and other critical environmental programs will hinder the ability to develop freshwater policies and respond to threats to [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s tax system is in dire need of “fairness” reform: Report

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan. 26, 2013: A new study by two economists from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), an independent left-leaning policy research institute, says Canada’s tax system is in dire need of “fairness” reform. Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova argue that “ad-hoc tax changes over the last two decades have seriously weakened the redistributive role READ MORE