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The Monitor, March/April 2018

Sub Title: 
Cannabis Capitalism
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Canada is only months away from legalizing and regulating the production, sale and use of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes. Yet, as we explore in our cover story this issue, the plan is rife with contradictions: a fledgling industry populated by former police chiefs; the fact bills C-45 and C-46 will create dozens of new pot-related offences in the process of removing some of the old ones; the continued prohibition on growing more than four or five plants at home while Canada's "licensed producers" are expected to make billions.

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No Temporary Solution

Sub Title: 
Ontario’s shifting college and university workforce
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Release Date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
50 pages
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While post-secondary institutions are places of learning, they also employ thousands of people across a broad spectrum of job classifications. This report explores the extent to which workers in Canada’s post-secondary institutions are experiencing precarity. More precisely, it asks whether employment on university and college campuses in Ontario is becoming more precarious, for whom and for what reasons. 

Making decarbonization work for workers

Sub Title: 
Policies for a just transition to a zero-carbon economy in Canada
Release Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
36 pages
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Communities across Canada need a national strategy to ensure the move to a zero-carbon economy leaves no one behind. For the first time, this report uses census data to identify the regions in each province with the greatest reliance on fossil fuel jobs. The new analysis comes after the federal government announced last fall it will launch a task force in 2018 on a “just transition” policy framework for certain sectors.

Restoring Forestry in BC

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The story of the industry’s decline and the case for regional management
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Release Date: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
36 pages
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This report finds that instead of environmental stewardship, BC has advanced policies of liquidating forests by clear-cutting countless valleys and allowing giant corporations to demolish this great natural asset and move on.

With regional management BC’s iconic forest industry can benefit British Columbians rather than multinational corporations

Forests are one of the iconic symbols of British Columbia, and successive governments and companies operating here have largely focussed on the cheap, commodity lumber business that benefits industry. Former provincial forestry minister Bob Williams, who has been involved with the industry for five decades, proposes regional management of this valuable natural resource to benefit the public forests and the surrounding communities that depend upon them for economic benefits and jobs. 

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