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The low-wage workforce in Ontario grew by 94 per cent over the past 17 years, vastly outstripping the growth in total employment which grew by 30 per cent.
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| April 29, 2015
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The cult of the entrepreneur

April 8, 2015
| Alan Sears argues that a belief in the transformative power of entrepreneurship has seeped into the pores of our culture to such an extent that it's seen as the answer to all our economic woes.
Length: 13:18 minutes (12.18 MB)
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| March 6, 2015
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Why we need to bring back the mandatory long-form census

February 23, 2015
| A private member's bill to bring back the long-form census has reinvigorated discussion about the importance of statistics for effective government.
Length: 09:54 minutes (9.07 MB)

Employment insurance and Harper's flexibility fanaticism

Photo: flickr/Stephen Harper

As oil prices drop, rumours in the Maritimes are on the rise: the region's migrant workers, who send money home from their jobs "out west," might be coming home for good.

In 2012, the Conservative government made deep cuts to the employment insurance (EI) program. The cuts were meant to encourage workers in high unemployment regions to relocate to low unemployment regions, like Alberta. Now, having heeded the call for mobility, workers will return home to stubbornly high unemployment rates and a hollowed-out EI program.

Welcome to Harper's flexibility fanaticism.

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| December 8, 2014
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The problem with Stephen Poloz's advice for Canadian youth

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In a superbly ill-phrased, ill-timed, ill-advised recommendation to young, unemployed Canadians, the Bank of Canada's governor, Stephen Poloz, has told them to "Get some real-life experience even though you're discouraged, even if it's for free." He's all heart, he's pushing this because he knows how "scarring" unemployment can be. It's no gaffe. He's since "doubled down." He's especially infatuated with the term, "scarring," as if it shows how sensitive he is.

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Episode 159: Jobs, jobs, jobs ... or lack thereof

October 27, 2014
| Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, hosted a conference called The Good Jobs Summit on October 3-6, 2014. Here are some highlights.
Length: 34:30 minutes (31.59 MB)
October 23, 2014 |
There is no consistent connection between higher minimum wages and employment levels in Canada, says a study by CCPA.
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