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The political triumph of full employment economics in Ottawa and Washington

Reducing unemployment and increasing the wages of low and moderate income earners have become the overriding economic goals of top Canadian and U.S. policy makers, guiding objectives that will shape many of the big decisions being made in Ottawa and Washington in the months ahead. The U.S. and Canada's recent willingness to run historically large deficits in order to create good-paying jobs, marks a sea change in policy circles and more broadly in economic thinking....

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Why the neighbourhood you live in may matter more in a Covid world

Around the world, two headline crises – the COVID-19 pandemic and the mass awareness of racial injustice and segregation – have exploded not across entire countries but, most often, in specific neighbourhoods. In North America and Europe, these neighbourhoods are suburbs where high-rise and low-rise apartments dominate and where mostly non-white immigrants and other low-income groups have struggled to climb the economic ladder. In many cities, Covid-19 is now found primarily in these districts. What...

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Ontario Morning News Round-Up and Legislative Agenda for November 25

Ontario Morning News Round-up for November 25 On the same day Toronto Mayor John Tory called for $2 tolls for the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway and a new tax on hotel rooms, a City  staff report called for the implementation of a far broader range of revenue generators. The Ontario Government has announced its next step in its ongoing efforts to reduce the gender wage gap - it's creating a new working group  to advise...

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Federal News Highlights and Parliamentary Business for November 25

Federal Morning News Round-up The Liberals have introduced new legislation that repeals changes the Harper government made to Canada's Election laws. Amongst the changes being made under Bill C-33 are: the reinstatement of  voter information cards as identification; allowing vouching; and creating a national register of electors to pre-register youth aged 14 to 17. According to anti-poverty group Campaign 2000, Canada's child poverty rate has jumped from 15.8 per cent in 1989 when parliament passed a...

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Federal News Highlights and Parliamentary Business for October 25

Federal Government announces new Food Health Strategy to revamp Canada Health Guide and improve food labelling.       Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Monday a new food strategy  comprised of policy measures that include revamping the Canada Food Guide, making the nutrition labels on food more readable, reducing harmful food additives such as trans fats and sodium, and restricting the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children. The main components of the strategy are...

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Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Thursday, Oct. 20

Projected Ontario Legislative Business for Thursday, Oct. 20 (subject to change): 9:00 a.m. - Government Notice of Motion Number 2. Watch Live! Mr. Naqvi – That, pursuant to Standing Order 47 and notwithstanding any other Standing Order or Special Order of the House relating to Bill 37, An Act to amend the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, and the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, when the Bill is next called as a Government Order, the Speaker shall put every...

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Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 20

Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 20 (subject to change): The House is meeting between 10:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m. today. Watch All Chamber Proceedings Here! 10:30 a.m. - Government Business: Supply Motion may be debated. Watch Here! 11:00 a.m. Opposition Motion — Ms. Rempel (Calgary Nose Hill) — Genocide against the Yazidi people. Watch Here! 2:15 - Question Period. Watch Here! 3:15 - Government Business: Supply Motion may be debated. Watch Here! 5:30 p.m.Bill C-240 , Private Members'...

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Projected House business for Friday, Oct. 7

Projected House business for Friday, Oct. 7 (subject to change): The House is meeting between 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. today. Watch All Chamber Proceedings Here! Bill C-4, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Income Tax Act, may continue to be debated at third reading; 11:15 - Question Period. Watch Here! Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to...

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Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 6

Projected House business for Thursday, Oct. 6 (subject to change): The House is meeting between 10:00 - 7:00 p.m. today. Watch All Chamber Proceedings Here! 10:00 a.m. Debate over possible changes in Standing Order House rules. Watch Here! Approximately 2:20 - Question Period. Watch Here! 5:30 p.m.: Bill C-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firearm — definition of variant), may continue to be debated at second reading. Watch Here!  Projected Committee meetings for Thursday, Oct. 6 11:15...

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