Blogs

Stay informed and up-to-date! The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has three blogs that deliver timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians. Our blogs address a range of public policy matters, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Find out more about each of our blogs below:

Behind the Numbers (National Office, Ontario Office, Nova Scotia Office, and Saskatchewan Office)

Behind the Numbers offers progressive and thought-provoking views from some of the leading voices in Canadian public policy. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Policy Note (BC Office)

Policy Note examines and analyzes current and emerging policy debates, and offers solutions that are both practical and hopeful. One blog post at a time, Policy Note offers a vision of a new, vibrant British Columbia where all citizens benefit from our province’s bounty. Contributors include staff and research associates from the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Policy Fix (Manitoba Office)

Policy Fix delivers progressive analysis and commentary relevant to the issues of importance to Manitobans, with a particular emphasis on poverty and labour. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Please note that the views expressed on these blogs are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA.

Behind the Numbers
Policy Note
Policy Fix
  • Latest posts from behindthenumbers.ca

    A cure for deficit and tax phobia

    by Alex Himelfarb on February 26, 2021 The upcoming federal budget is likely to set the terms of the next federal election. The deficit hawks who had been quiet during much of the early pandemic spending are back in...

    Rethinking pink day

    by Amanda Gebhard on February 24, 2021 Throughout February and March, organizations across Canada participated in Pink Shirt Day, a nationwide “anti-bullying” movement. Pink t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Be a...

    U.S. farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management system

    by Cathy Holtslander on February 15, 2021 On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by...

    Tripping over TRIPS

    by Katie Raso on February 11, 2021 The new year brought with it a spate of new COVID-19 lockdowns across much of the world alongside worries of new and more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus. For Canada...

    Rents keep going up, pandemic or not 

    by CCPA on February 8, 2021 News stories of rents for vacant apartments going down, coupled with anecdotes about landlords offering incentives to attract tenants, have fuelled the notion that renters have...
  • Latest posts from policynote.ca

    From the colonial past to the racist present

    by John Price on May 11, 2021 The terms of union and the attempted erasure of Indigenous Peoples After 30 years of treaty talks, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission action agenda, and the adoption of the...

    Why the hold up on paid sick days? It’s about power.

    by Alex Hemingway on May 3, 2021 Amid a raging pandemic, how do Canadian workers still not have paid sick days as a basic right of employment? It’s about power.  Real paid sick days, as a right of employment, are...

    “Big five” Canadian banks provide big money to fossil fuel industry

    by Donald Gutstein on April 29, 2021 Instead of playing a crucial role to help Canada achieve its Paris Agreement targets, Canada’s “Big Five” banks are actually hindering Canada’s progress on climate change. The Big...

    Social impact bonds are a wolf in sheep’s clothing

    by Alex Hemingway on April 27, 2021 Earlier this year, Vancouver city council considered a motion encouraging the city to look into the issue of “social impact bonds” (and more broadly “social impact investing”),...

    BC Budget 2021: Stay-the-course budget misses the mark on key areas of urgency outside health

    by Iglika Ivanova on April 20, 2021 The BC government tabled a surprisingly stay-the-course budget today, making some improvements on the margins but missing the opportunity to shift BC towards a more inclusive and...
  • Latest posts from the Manitoba Office blog:

    Nova Scotia Education Overhaul a Cautionary Tale for Manitoba

    by policyfix on May 12, 2021 By Molly McCracken and Pamela Rogers First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Wednesday May 12, 2021 Public education is a public good that promotes well-being and...

    How this tax season has impacted poverty

    by policyfix on April 26, 2021 By Jerry Buckland Usually, many low-income Canadians anticipate an income tax refund at this time of year putting a positive spin to the tax season. It can also be an...

    Where did all the vaccines go?

    by policyfix on April 22, 2021 By Pete Hudson In the absence of a domestic supply of COVID-19 vaccine, Canada finds itself a begger in a global marketplace in which a handful of multi-national...

    Attacks on Public Education: Lessons for Manitoba

    by policyfix on April 21, 2021 The Provincial overhaul of K – 12 Education removes local democratic oversight of education, starves the system of funding, and will reinforce systemic racism. How have...

    Budget winds create very little change

    by policyfix on April 12, 2021 First published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 10, 2021 I tried to tell the people but they never heard a word I say They say there’s nothing out there but wheat...