Unequal partners: Power, profit and the public interest in P3s

Here we are again reviewing the evidence that private business can deliver essential public services and infrastructure at less cost and with better results than the public sector. With the recent federal government announcement of the public infrastructure bank public-private partnerships (p3s), it is now seeking to reassure Canadians that…
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Further investment is needed now to end child poverty

25 years ago, Canada adopted the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child. Among the rights enumerated in that Convention, children have a right: to learn, to play, to nutritional food, to a home. And, yesterday marked 27 years since the Canadian House of Commons unanimously passed a…
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CETA: Why the big rush to ratify?

After spending all year consulting with Canadians on the pros and cons of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP), the Trudeau government is close to ratifying an equally controversial, equally intrusive deal with Europe: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Like the TPP, CETA was negotiated almost entirely by the previous…
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The T-word (taxes) finally takes centre stage in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s annual budgetfest debates just got interesting. After months of Mayor John Tory avoiding the T-word (taxes), a city report released today puts important tax options on the table. These options include short-term measures needed to balance the 2017 operating budget and longer-term measures to pay for…
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The biggest source of waste in Canadian health care? The private, for-profit sector

Brian Day’s legal battle against universal public health care in Canada is now before the BC Supreme Court. Day—along with other would-be profit-makers—are hawking unprecedented privatization as the solution to challenges in Canada’s health care system. But two crucial facts are often missed in debates about public vs. private health…
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