How badly does the world need oil? Introducing the Fossil Fuel Dependence Index

The production and consumption of oil, gas and coal has been one of the primary drivers of global growth and development for more than a century. Unfortunately—and ironically—those same fuels are now the greatest threat to our future wellbeing and prosperity. Fossil fuels are the main source of human-made greenhouse…
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Halifax can be a living wage leader

Halifax City Council should heed their staff’s recommendation to “engage external stakeholders and conduct further investigation on whether or not to adopt an employee compensation/living wage policy for Council’s consideration.” There is enough evidence in Canada that becoming a living wage employer is possible for municipalities — indeed, they can…
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Towards universal child care in Canada: A tale of two policies

When the Ontario government rolled out its five-year child care action plan for children under 4 years earlier this month, the child care movement applauded—perhaps for the first time, and more or less enthusiastically, since the Paul Martin Liberals introduced their Canada-wide “QUAD” plan in 2004, which advanced quality, universal inclusivity…
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Climate policy report card: how does your province measure up?

While governments in Canada are increasingly taking climate issues seriously, efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Canada remain all over the map. Some governments are taking meaningful steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and build low-carbon economies, while others double down on environmentally-destructive resource extraction and…
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