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Sheila Block's blog

Sheila Block is Senior Economist at the CCPA Ontario office. Sheila writes on labour markets and public finance. Follow Sheila on Twitter: [url=https://twitter.com/sheila_m_block]@Sheila_M_Block.[/url]

Blog - Sheila Block's blog September 12
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Sheila Block | Today's throne speech was cast as an opportunity for the Ontario government to press the reset button on bad decisions. It didn't.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog May 11
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Sheila Block | Employment in Canada hit the pause button in April, with job losses in Alberta offset by gains in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog February 26
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Sheila Block | In an unusual move, the Ontario government released its 2016-17 budget in February, a month before the federal budget. Don't get too excited, though.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog December 4
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Sheila Block | A fresh breeze is creating a welcome shift in Toronto's tax conversation this week, led by the city's new manager and Mayor John Tory on his one-year anniversary.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog October 22
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Sheila Block | It's not unreasonable to expect the new and returning Liberal MPs to follow through with the desire for change and good government that got them elected.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog September 23
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Sheila Block | Income inequality in Toronto is worsening at twice the pace of the national rate.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog September 15
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Sheila Block | With consultations starting up again this week, the special advisers for Ontario's Changing Workplace Review would do well to look at two new developments in U.S. labour markets.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog April 16
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in 2013
Sheila Block | In her first budget with a majority mandate, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne chose a route that will result in future generations paying for her short-term political gains.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog January 21
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Sheila Block | Toronto's budget season has begun in earnest, and it's yielding a mix of the predictable "we can't afford things" debate, along with some refreshing surprises.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog November 18
Sheila Block | Ontario released its Fall Economic Update and Fiscal Review. Both revenues and economic growth are slightly lower than expected. But, the government is sticking to its deficit reduction plan.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog December 5
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Sheila Block | Great organizing efforts will increase protection for marginalized Ontario workers -- it's already secured some key victories and will continue to pay off.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog October 9
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Sheila Block | Many people's image of a minimum wage worker is a teenager, perhaps at a fast food restaurant, earning some money to buy the latest smart phone. But the data shows this is simply not the case.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog April 23
Sheila Block | Ontario's upcoming budget can support both social and economic goals.
Blog - Sheila Block's blog March 5
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Sheila Block | I ask the question, will having women leaders get us closer to a gender-balanced budget?
Blog - Sheila Block's blog January 25
Sheila Block | This year’s budget ended as it began –- difficult to define and understand.