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Illustration by Maura Doyle Sometimes it takes one crisis to bring another into the light. 
In our first issue following the outbreak of COVD-19 in Canada, Monitor contributors assess the federal and provincial government responses to date and propose how we might use this moment of government activism to fix the gross inequalities in our society—by improving social programs such as employment insurance, income assistance and our health care system, for example. 
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press March 19, 2020 In response to COVID 19 school closures, Mayor and Council are rushing to vote on the City budget a week early, on March 20th.  The budget is widely decried by community groups and given COVID 19 – vulnerable community members need more support -  not less. The budget cuts are not necessary: Mayor Bowman and city council have a way out financially and politically.
Des experts et expertes réclament des mesures à court, à moyen et à long terme afin de soutenir les collectivités et de les protéger contre les effets de la pandémie 
Nous publions le Budget fédéral alternatif 2020 — notre 25e édition depuis 1995 — à un moment très instable pour le Canada et le monde. La combinaison de COVID-19, une vente mondiale de pétrole et l'effondrement des marchés financiers mondiaux menace non seulement la santé et la sécurité publiques, mais aussi la stabilité de notre économie, qui sera probablement en récession d'ici la fin de l'année. Il est maintenant temps de penser au-delà des correctifs fiscaux standard et des plans de sauvetage des banques.
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The Sport and Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich Are Stealing Canada’s Public Wealth Linda McQuaig Dundurn, August 2019, $28.99  
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