Alex's Blog: The Beginning of the End of Homelessness

Roy Romanow and I just published this piece making the case that ending homelessness should be a top priority in the government’s promised National Housing Strategy.  Shortly after we put our thoughts on paper, two more homeless people died.   Tens of thousands of Canadians every day face the perils, loneliness and exclusion that come ...

Alex's Blog: Why Proportional Representation Is Likely To Produce Better Public Policy

Here is a piece I wrote for CCPA on the policy benefits of a more proportional electoral system.

Alex's Blog: Basic Income

The Ontario government has committed to test the idea of a basic income. Over the next week or so Hugh Segal will release a discussion paper intended to guide the experiment and that will be followed by public consultations. The idea of unconditional income has a long history with supporters and detractors from both the ...

Alex's Blog: Proportional Representation: Fairness, Representativeness and Accountability

Here are the notes for my introductory comments to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform July 27, 2016   I thank the committee for the opportunity to appear on this important issue. I have been a longtime proponent of electoral reform as a key to democratic renewal. While no electoral system is perfect, the comparative ...

Alex's Blog: GREAT NEWS ON THE HOMELESSNESS FILE

June 01, 2016 09:00 ET Former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow Elected Co-Chair of Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Board of Directors CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – June 1, 2016) – The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) today announced the election of former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow to Co-Chair the CAEH Board of Directors. Romanow will share ...

Alex's Blog: Alex’s Blog 2016-05-12 18:36:30

A couple of days back, Ed Broadbent, Hugh Segal and I published an op-ed making the case for some form of proportional representation. Yesterday the government announced its process for assessing a range of options, making 2015 the last federal election under our first past the post system. And today the editorial pages are awash ...

Alex's Blog: What Bernie Sanders Has Accomplished

Here is an op ed in the Star on what we might learn from the Bernie Sanders camPaign 

Alex's Blog: The Decline of the Collective 

Keynote Speech at the Parkland Institute November 20 2015. 

Alex's Blog: Austerity’s Vicious Circle

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/10/02/austeritys-vicious-circle.html. Here is my latest written for The Toronto Star as part of their series on how Canada has changed over the last ten years.

Alex's Blog: Why We Hate Taxes – and why we shouldn’t

A somewhat shorter version first appeared in albertaviews January/February 2015 as Taxes: a small price to pay for civilization About a year ago, my son Jordan, some friends and colleagues and I put together a book on taxes in Canada, Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word. We had quite different views about how high taxes ...

Alex's Blog: The Year Taxes Made a Comeback

A slightly shorter version of this piece written with Jordan Himelfarb appeared here in The Toronto Star. It’s just possible that 2014 will be seen as the year that taxes made a comeback in Canada. Not so long ago Stéphane Dion tried to put a green “tax shift” on the table but apparently we weren’t ...

Alex's Blog: On the Weakening of the Collective

Summary of interviewed, June 23, by Adam Kahane as part of his Possible Canadas project and first appeared here on Possible Canadas website Kahane: What keeps you up at night? Himelfarb: The number one issue for me is inequality. Let’s think of the bottom, middle, and top of society. On the bottom, the situation with ...

Alex's Blog: Tax Is More Than A Four Letter Word

http://castroller.com/podcasts/TheAgendaVideo/4043959 The Agenda – Steve Paikin interview before the Ontario Budget  May 30, 2014

Alex's Blog: Tax Is More Than A Four Letter Word

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society”, a quote from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on the IRS headquarter in Washington Ontario Budget 2014: watch my interview with Steve Paikin at The Agenda HERE

Alex's Blog: Saying no to the conjuror’s trick of tax cuts

Tax is Not a Four Letter Word is a collection of essays, published by WLU Press, I co-edited with my son, Jordan, Opinion Editor of The Toronto Star.  The CCPA Ontario’s Jennifer Story recently interviewed me about the book, and our desire to get Canadians thinking differently about taxes.  (The interview first appeared on the ...

Alex's Blog: SAYING NO TO THE CONJURERS’ TRICK OF TAX CUTS

      “Tax is Not a Four Letter Word”,  is a collection of essays by various authors which I co-edited with my son Jordan, Opinion Editor for the Toronto Star. The CCPA Ontario’s Jennifer Story recently interviewed me about the book, and our desire to get Canadians thinking differently about taxes.  (The interview first ...

Alex's Blog: Pourquoi les Canadiens n’ont pas de temps à consacrer à la politique (L’inégalité et la méfiance qu’elle engendre nourrissent notre apathie politique)

*TRADUCTION LIBRE* Article paru dans le Toronto Star, le 17 juillet 2013 *Why People Have No Time For Politics” Samara a publié récemment une autre étude montrant que les Canadiens, en particulier les jeunes, sont profondément désintéressés de la politique traditionnelle. Les citoyens sont moins nombreux à voter et à participer aux activités des partis ...

Alex's Blog: Pourquoi les Canadiens n’ont pas de temps à consacrer à la politique (L’inégalité et la méfiance qu’elle engendre nourrissent notre apathie politique)

Traduction libre de Why People Have No Time For Politics, un article paru en anglais dans le Toronto Star du 17 juillet 2013. Samara a publié récemment une autre étude montrant que les Canadiens, en particulier les jeunes, sont profondément désintéressés de la politique traditionnelle. Les citoyens sont moins nombreux à voter et à participer ...

Alex's Blog: Canada’s Dangerously Distorted Tax Conversation

“(In)visible Dialogue”. Installation by Wang King Road. 2011. Wikipedia Commons. (This post was written by Alex and Jordan Himelfarb; an abridged version appeared in the Star here.) We don’t like paying taxes. This is not big news: we don’t much like paying any bills, and there’s probably never been a time when we didn’t grumble ...

Alex's Blog: Canada’s Dangerously Distorted Tax Conversation

“(In)visible Dialogue”. Installation by Wang King Road. 2011. Wikipedia Commons. (This post was written by Alex and Jordan Himelfarb; an abridged version appeared in the Star here.) We don’t like paying taxes. This is not big news: we don’t much like paying any bills, and there’s probably never been a time when we didn’t grumble ...

Alex's Blog: Austeria

Informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.

Alex's Blog: Austeria

Mad scientist selling his utopian project to the master of Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)   “Austeria”. An informal talk to OMSSA’s 2013 Learning Symposium, held in Ottawa, Ontario from June 16 to 19, 2013.

Alex's Blog: Why we have no time for politics

Samara recently published yet another study showing that Canadians, especially young Canadians, are profoundly disengaged from formal politics.  Not only are citizens voting less and participating less in political parties, they are not writing, reading or even talking with friends about party politics. While many are still donating money and time to causes, they don’t have much ...