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Here at the CCPA, we're constantly thinking about what needs to change in our lives, our economy and our ways of governing to make society more equitable, and life more fulfilling, for the greatest number of people. Broadly speaking, you could say our mandate is transition, the theme of this summer edition of the Monitor. By transition we mean a fair and just progression from today's extractives-based, exhausting and unequal economy to a more sustainable, pro-worker and frankly more human future.
When we think of a “boom town,” we often imagine a formerly sleepy rural town suddenly awash in wealth and economic expansion. It might surprise some to learn that for many municipalities in oil-producing regions in Saskatchewan, the costs of servicing the oil boom can outweigh the benefits. 
Regina — When we think of a “boom town,” we often imagine a formerly sleepy rural town suddenly awash in wealth and economic expansion. It might surprise some to learn that for many municipalities in oil-producing regions in Saskatchewan, the costs of servicing the oil boom can outweigh the benefits.
This report, endorsed by more than 90 organizations, calls on Winnipeg’s Mayor to be a champion for poverty reduction and commit to leading the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Up to 107,000 Winnipeggers are living in poverty. The community-based plan offers fifty recommendations that the City can implement as part of its own plan in policy areas such as housing, transportation, food security, policing and safety.
Rush hour at Yonge and Bloor has been rough for some time now (Photo by Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail)
There is a power struggle going on at City Hall in Winnipeg that may open an opportunity for everyday Winnipeggers - if we get organized - to transform structural factors that have long entrenched business-led corruption and austerity on Main Street. Toews takes us on a historical look at the structures put in place over the years that continues to make City Hall a very undemocractic Hall.  When power over the entire community is structurally concentrated in the hands of a few - as it is in Winnipeg's civic governance structure - democracy is inhibited. 
Illustration by Amy Thompson
Many Canadian cities are looking to regulate upstart online platform companies like Airbnb, which offer short-term rentals sometimes at the expense of long-term rental availability. The City of Toronto has weighed in with proposals to limit short-term rentals to primary residences, to charge short-term rental hosts and companies a fee, and more. Is Toronto going far enough? CCPA-Ontario Economist Zohra Jamasi surveys key North American cities’ attempt to regulate Airbnb and concludes Toronto could do more to protect the long-term rental stock.
Today, 11 communities across BC released their local living wage rates. A living wage is the hourly amount that two working parents with two young children must earn to meet their basic expenses.
They are young and highly educated, but many “sharing economy” workers in the GTA are selling their services under precarious working conditions. Read the first comprehensive look at workers who sell “sharing economy” type services and the consumers who buy them in this new report.

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