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Trish Hennessy's Blog

Trish Hennessy is director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario office. Follow her on Twitter: @trishhennessy

Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog October 7
Screenshot from CCPA Ontario Office video
Trish Hennessy | On October 1, the 800,000-plus workers who earn the minimum wage in Ontario received a raise, but don't celebrate too quickly: it went up by a mere 15 cents an hour.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog September 21
Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/flickr
Trish Hennessy | What should "pressing the reset button" look like for a government that is mid-term, purporting to be "activist" in its approach and less than two years away from a general election?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog April 6
Photo: Canada 2020/flickr
Trish Hennessy | With a steadfast, well-organized grassroots campaign pushing for a $15 minimum wage in Ontario now (not in 24 years), there is clearly political space to be taken up. Enter Andrea Horwath.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog December 17
Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr
Trish Hennessy | Embrace your inner wonk this holiday season. Here are the most read reports, publications, and blog posts from the CCPA-Ontario in 2015.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog December 1
Photo: Sean_Marshall/flickr
Trish Hennessy | It was heartwarming to listen to the majority of Cambridge city councillors overwhelmingly support the motion to become a living wage at the supporter level, for all the right reasons.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog October 28
Photo: eltpics/flickr
Trish Hennessy | Valuing the role of public library workers is a potent sign that we value the people behind one of Toronto's hidden gems.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog September 16
Photo: Toby Scott/flickr
Trish Hennessy | Today, the federal NDP is slated to use its Official Opposition Day to table a motion that would have Parliament Hill vote on a proposal to reinstate the federal minimum wage.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog May 2
Photo: Al_HikesAZ/flickr
Trish Hennessy | There weren't really any big surprises in the 2014 Ontario budget, but reading it in its entirety makes one thing crystal clear: the Wynne government is getting election battle ready.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog April 25
Photo: Cameron Donaldson/flickr
Trish Hennessy | This week Canada's nascent national debate about the problem of income inequality as it relates to the anxious middle class descended into ridiculous levels of un-Canadian gloating.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog April 16
Photo: Mark Giles/flickr
Trish Hennessy | As Ontario inches toward a potential spring election showdown, Premier Kathleen Wynne is making clear that she wants public transit to become the ballot box question.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog March 21
Photo: Jason Spaceman/flickr
Trish Hennessy | With election fever mounting in Ontario, the political field is quickly crowding around the middle of the income spectrum. And unsurprisingly, low taxes are dominating the list of enticements.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 29
Trish Hennessy | A leader who is ready to champion a higher standard of pay -- especially for the lowest paid workers in the province -- may well discover they're on the right side of history.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog December 12
Photo: Christopher Cotrell/flickr
Trish Hennessy | Canadians who value their deep history of universal postal service are reeling from the latest round of cuts to Canada Post.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog November 20
Photo: Neal Jennings/flickr
Trish Hennessy | For the first time in Canadian history, an election is being waged on this question: Which political candidate do you trust to reduce income inequality?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog November 12
Photo: Lis Bokt/flickr
Trish Hennessy | A leaked Progressive Conservative document reveals a deep disconnect between ideologically driven wedge politics and the realpolitik of Ontario's struggling middle class.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog September 3
Missouri rallies against Right to Work & corporate greed. Photo: Jobs with Justi
Trish Hennessy | The right-wing Fraser Institute has released a paper that, if implemented, would dramatically lower our standards for worker pay, workers' rights and workplace protections.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 1
Trish Hennessy | The Fraser Institute has a new report warning Ontario could become the next Greece or California because of the size of its debt.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog January 30
Photo: Jackman Chiu/Flickr
Trish Hennessy | Imagine if Ontario's incoming Premier -- lauded for breaking the inequality barrier on two counts -- decided to parlay her victory into a post-austerity focus on solutions to income inequality.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog November 5
Trish Hennessy | Ontarians are engaged in a broadening conversation about how to end working poverty through decent jobs, a better minimum wage, and a concept that's gathering force: a living wage.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog October 17
Photo: Eric Constantineau/Flickr
Trish Hennessy | What happens to our democracy when the voices of Canada's charitable organizations, the social conscience of this country, go silent?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog September 12
Student Day of Action in Toronto. Photo: Frandroid Atreides/Flickr
Trish Hennessy | At a time when Ontario's government is promising a transformation of the province's education system, it would be wise to focus on a problem it helped create: the problem of high tuition.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 6
Trish Hennessy | The unionbot frame works because it preys upon our deepest fears and, also, because the frame is dehumanizing.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog February 3
Trish Hennessy | It may have taken flight, but today Caterpillar, the corporation, looks more like a moth that is flying far too close to the flame. Unfortunately, many good people are getting burned in the process.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog October 24
Trish Hennessy | Occupy Wall Street has opened up discussion about a problem that keeps getting worse: the gap between the rich and the poor. Here's a roundup of stories emerging on the issue of income inequality.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog October 14
Trish Hennessy | The revolution is finally (probably) going to be televised, but dude, do you seriously want to watch it from the comfort of your couch at home?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog May 19
Trish Hennessy | The future of our democracy, the future of Canada, is not only in the hands of the politicians. The future rests with each and every one of us. Democracy is a wheel. Let me roll it to you.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog May 18
Trish Hennessy | Challenge for progressives: How to change the conversation from 'who is best able to manage the economy' to 'what kind of Canada will the next generation inherit?'
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog May 17
Trish Hennessy | The politics of fear delivered some new voters into Stephen Harper's hands. How did it send new voters into the arms of an orange wave?
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog May 16
Trish Hennessy | This blog post attempts to explain the power behind the dominant frame at play in Canada's 2011 federal election: our economy in peril. Part one of a four-part series.
Blog - Trish Hennessy's Blog May 3
Trish Hennessy | A call for democratic engagement, on the day after.