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The Monitor, May/June 2019

Sub Title: 
The Surveillance Economy
Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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Google (Alphabet), Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon. They are among the world's most valuable and most trusted companies, but increasingly the most scrutinized for their data-hoarding practices, monopolist tendencies, poor treatment of workers and willingness to bend or even break privacy laws in the pursuit of growth. More data gives these and other tech firms a more accurate picture of individual tastes and broader societal trends.

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“Bad news budget” slams the brakes hard on public services: CCPA

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2019

TORONTO—Today’s Ontario budget will do serious damage to the public services Ontarians depend on, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario office (CCPA) says.

“Cuts like these don’t make Ontario ‘a place to grow,’ they make it a place where people have to just try and survive,” says Sheila Block, CCPA Ontario Senior Economist. “This is a bad news budget.”

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A confident opinion, a looming decision

The compatibility of the CETA Investment Court System with EU law
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

On April 30, 2019, the European Court of Justice (Court) will release its decision on whether the investment court system (ICS) in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is compatible with EU law. CETA was concluded more than two years ago, and most of it came into force at the end of 2017. However, a wave of resistance across the EU and Canada caused a stand-off in Belgium that almost sidelined the agreement.

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Ontario Has Options

Sub Title: 
Alternative fiscal paths for the 2019 budget
Release Date: 
Friday, April 5, 2019
Number of pages in documents: 
19 pages
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The Progressive Conservatives are using financial fearmongering as a cover for cutting funding for public services. This paper outlines two alternative fiscal paths that maintain and enhance services while reducing Ontario's deficit and debt-to-GDP ratio. Both alternative budget proposals increase annual spending by the 3.5% necessary to maintain service levels, and top this up by $2.4 billion in 2019-20, rising to $3.8 billion by 2022-23, for service enhancements approved in the 2018 Ontario budget.

The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2019

Sub Title: 
The Gender Gap in Canada’s 26 Biggest Cities
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Number of pages in documents: 
132 pages
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This annual study provides a snapshot of the gaps in men and women’s access to economic security, personal security, education, health, and positions of leadership in Canada’s largest 26 metropolitan areas.

The importance of community health centres in BC’s primary care reforms

Sub Title: 
What the research tells us
Release Date: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Attached Document Title: 
The importance of community health centres in BC’s primary care reforms: What the research tells us
Number of pages in documents: 
9 pages
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As British Columbia moves to support a role for community health centres (CHCs) within a larger agenda for reforming primary care, this piece explores what we can learn from other jurisdictions where CHCs are integrated into the broader primary care system, and how can we support CHCs in BC to be leaders in improving the quality of care for the entire health system.

This piece was originally published on Policy Note.

Are Tax Loopholes Sexist?

Sub Title: 
The gender distribution of federal tax expenditures
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Release Date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Number of pages in documents: 
24 pages
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This report assesses who benefits from federal tax breaks and finds that men are capturing the majority of benefits from tax deductions, credits and loopholes. The portion of benefits currently going to men compared to women from 45 federal tax expenditures (tax deductions, credits, breaks and loopholes), and finds that only eight (19%) pay out greater amounts to women than men.

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Safe Passage

Sub Title: 
Migrant Worker Rights in Saskatchewan
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Release Date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Number of pages in documents: 
20 pages
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Saskatchewan's migrant workers rights regime has been characterized as a "positive national standard" for the rest of the country. Introducing the legislation in 2012, then-Minister of the Economy Bill Boyd argued it would "position Saskatchewan as having the most comprehensive protection for newcomers of any province in Canada." In Safe Passage: Migrant Worker Rights in Saskatchewan, Dr. Andrew Stevens reviews the impact of Saskatchewan's Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA) since its implementation.

The Future of the Canadian Auto Industry

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Attached Document Title: 
The Future of the Canadian Auto Industry
Number of pages in documents: 
43 pages
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This study finds that to maintain the competitiveness of Canada’s important automotive sector in a rapidly changing industry requires decisive action and collaboration by provincial and federal governments, targeted investment and new policies designed for the new automobility.