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:
- Eight things the crisis taught us about austerity: The left won the argument but not the fight against neoliberal constraint, argues Stephen McBride.
- A fishy return on public innovation investment: Lucy Sharratt unpacks the policy collision over genetically modified salmon.
- Challenges, but no crisis at the border: Tim McSorley questions the need for a new border security minister.
- A student perspective on cannabis education: There are better and worse ways prepare youth, parents and educators for legalization, writes Heather D'Alessio.
- A crisis of public revenue: Progressive taxation is a great equalizer and stabilizer, write Toby Sanger and Stuart Trew.
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Cover illustration by Dalbert B. Vilarino.