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The Monitor, September/October 2018

Sub Title: 
Fragile Recovery
Release Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018
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A decade after the worst financial crash since the Great Depression, a fragile recovery is obscuring threats—some new, some as old as capitalism—to Canadian workers and the broader economy. In this first part of a two-part feature on the fallout of that crisis, the Monitor looks at the financial flows, government revenue shortfalls and austerity plans that undermine our ability to handle another sudden shock.

Here's a sample of what you'll find inside this issue:

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Tailings dam spills at Mount Polley and Mariana

Sub Title: 
Chronicles of disasters foretold
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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Tailings dam spills at Mount Polley and Mariana: Chronicles of disasters foretold
Tailings dam spills at Mount Polley and Mariana: Chronicles of disasters foretold — SUMMARY
Rompimentos de barragens de rejeito em Mount Polley e Mariana: Crônicas de desastres anunciados — SUMÁRIO EXECUTIVO
Number of pages in documents: 
64 pages
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This paper explores the many parallels between the tailings dam spills at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia (BC), Canada, and the Samarco mine in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

Report on Mount Polley and Brazil tailings spills points to systemic problems with mining industry

Major issues remain unresolved four years after catastrophic Mount Polley dam failure
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Mount Polley mining disaster bears remarkable similarities to a catastrophe at a Brazilian mine the next year and points to the strong possibility of more environmental calamities ahead, warns a new report that examines both events.

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No Safe Harbour

Sub Title: 
Precarious Work and Economic Insecurity Among Skilled Professionals in Canada
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
40 pages
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Based on a national survey of professionals about precarious working conditions, the first of its kind, No Safe Harbour: Precarious Work and Economic Insecurity Among Skilled Professionals in Canada shows professionals across the country are not immune to the hallmarks of precarious work: no steady income, no pension, no benefits, no sick pay.

What do the two largest mining disasters in Canada's and Brazil's history have in common?

Tailings dam spills at Mount Polley and Mariana: Chronicles of disasters foretold  explores the many parallels between the tailings dam spills at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia, Canada, and the Samarco mine in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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Poverty Measures: Opportunity or Distraction?

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Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
17 pages
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Starting in 2004, almost all provinces and territories, several regions and municipalities, and the federal government have released poverty reduction strategies or discussion papers. Initially, the willingness of governments to develop plans focused on poverty reduction was met with enthusiasm from communities and advocates who had long demanded them. As time passed, it became clear that having these plans was not enough to drive the expected actions and investments.