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Demanding a Fair Share

Sub Title: 
Protecting Workers’ Rights in the On-Demand Service Economy
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Release Date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Demanding a Fair Share
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26 pages
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In this paper, Fay Faraday explores how to provide workers in the on-demand service economy protection under the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Acts. Ontario’s Bill 148 – the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 – should provide protections to workers in precarious employment in the 21st century labour market. Workers in the on-demand service sector are at the forefront of both precarity and technological change. This paper provides guidance on how Bill 148 could be amended to extend protections to these workers.

How to make NAFTA sustainable, equitable

Global Affairs Canada is consulting Canadians on their priorities for, and concerns about, the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In CCPA’s submission to this process, Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew and Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood point out how NAFTA has failed to live up to its promise with respect to job and productivity growth, and clearly has not shielded Canada from unilateral U.S. trade actions that hurt Canadian exports.

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Renegotiating NAFTA

Sub Title: 
CCPA submission to Global Affairs Canada on the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement
Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Submission to Global Affairs Canada on the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
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27 pages
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Global Affairs Canada is consulting Canadians on their priorities for, and concerns about, the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In CCPA’s submission to this process, Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew and Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood point out how NAFTA has failed to live up to its promise with respect to job and productivity growth, and clearly has not shielded Canada from unilateral U.S. trade actions that hurt Canadian exports.

Ontario Needs a Raise

Sub Title: 
Who Benefits From a $15 Minimum Wage?
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
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Ontario Needs a Raise: Who Benefits From a $15 Minimum Wage?
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18 pages
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The Ontario government has committed to raise its minimum wage to $14 on January 1, 2018 then to $15 on January 1, 2019. This paper examines who in the province will get a "raise" from the $15 minimum wage, and finds it will largely benefit the province’s most marginalized—a broad and diverse swath of workers including contract, seasonal, and casual workers, part-time workers, women, and immigrants.

TiSA Troubles

Sub Title: 
Services, democracy and corporate rule in the Trump era
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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TiSA Troubles: Services, democracy and corporate rules in the Trump era
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48 pages
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This study, co-published with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, examines the adverse impacts on public services and public interest regulation of the little-known Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), quietly being negotiated in Geneva by a group of 23 governments, including Canada. Senior CCPA trade researcher Scott Sinclair argues that under the guise of expanding international trade in services, TiSA will make it much harder for governments to regulate vital services such as energy, water, banking, transport and online services.

The Monitor, July/August 2017

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Saturday, July 1, 2017
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This expanded version of the Monitor summer reading guide takes a break from frenetic social media feeds to assess the fluctuating political and economic reality from a place of relative stability: books. Rather than just telling us what they will be reading this summer, contributors ground longer arguments about the state of the world in recent Canadian and international non-fiction releases with a connection to the CCPA’s underlying mandate: to promote social, economic and environmental justice.

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The Monitor, July/August 2017
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What is the NAFTA advantage?

Sub Title: 
Putting the tariff impacts of a Trump termination in perspective
Release Date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
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What is the NAFTA advantage? Putting the tariff impacts of a Trump termination in perspective
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18 pages
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This report investigates the tariff impacts on Canadian exports if the U.S. Trump administration made good on repeated threats to terminate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), forcing Canadian exporters to fall back to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and tariff rates. The general impacts are surprisingly modest, although some sectors facing tariff peaks would be hit harder. Based on 2016 trade figures, reverting from NAFTA to WTO bound tariff rates would have resulted in, at most, $US4.2 billion in extra tariff costs (1.5% of the value of Canadian exports to the U.S.

Fracking, First Nations and Water

Sub Title: 
Respecting Indigenous rights and better protecting our shared resources
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Fracking, First Nations and Water
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32 pages
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This paper looks at the growing concerns that First Nations in British Columbia have with the fossil fuel industry’s increasing need for large volumes of water for natural gas fracking operations.