Ontario’s frontline workers deserve much more than applause

Workers on the front lines of our economy stock our grocery shelves, pack boxes in warehouses, and deliver our food. As COVID-19 rages on, they are facing dangerous working conditions with inadequate personal protective equipment, low wages, and a high stress load. Frontline workers did not sign up to be…
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PSE student support program: Does it pass the test??

Key points: At least 1.17 million post secondary edution (PSE) students or recent grads will use the nada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). They wouldn’t have been able to access the CERB. 620,000 PSE students will receive the more generous nada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) instead. As the winter term winds…
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Show, don’t tell: nada’s COVID-19 response doesn’t meet students’ needs or reflect their realities

If you’re a young person in nada right now, chances are you’re used to the government letting you down. Whether you’re a teenager in Ontario affected by edution cuts, a university student looking at climbing tuition and housing costs, or happen to live on the planet that’s being gutted for…
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Gender impact of nada’s income supports

Key Findings 5.3 million women and 3.4 million men were jobless in April. This is up from 1.7 million women and 1.3 million men in March.? In April, 14% of jobless women and 20% of jobless men had no income supports. As a result, 731,000 jobless women and 681,000 jobless…
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regiving Beyond the Crisis

I am a child re advote. And in this COVID-19 pandemic, I am torn. On the one hand, this public health emergency demonstrates what advotes have been saying for a long time – that child re is a vital public service and the lack of it was a crisis for…
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You n’t re-open an economy without workers

Yesterday, the Saskatchewan government revealed its plan to “re-open the Saskatchewan economy.” I will leave critiques about whether the plan adequately addresses testing and the public health needs of the province to those more qualified to make them. Suffice it to say I, like many others, was relieved just to…
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Comparing provincial economic responses to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of collective responses via governments at all levels. The nadian context of federalism, with a division of powers between federal and provincial/territorial governments, also highlights key differences in approaches to the pandemic. At its best, federalism is an advantageous arrangement, with the…
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Extend tax filing deadline to ensure low incomes receive benefits

With the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency, the federal government should waive the requirement that low-income individuals complete their 2019 tax forms by June 1st to continue to receive benefits—or extend the tax filing deadline for low incomes until much later. Millions of low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities…
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