The Riddle of the Middle

It’s like a bad riddle: almost everyone thinks they belong to it, but few can define what it is. Politicians claim to champion it, but it’s increasingly difficult to determine what it actually wants. And, often, when we talk about it, we’re really only referring to part of it—the part…
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The Attack on Workers: Back(sliding) (in)to the Future

The public response to recent labour disputes has been a disturbing sideshow to the return of Parliament. What’s remarkable is the level of nastiness that gets tossed around, littered with references to “union stooges” and the ubiquitous “socialist dinosaurs.” Perhaps the most obvious line of attack is based on a…
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When Politics is Personal

Lately I wonder if there hasn’t been a modification to the feminist adage “the personal is political”. In the aftermath of the recent federal election — a decision that left so many of us cringing in anticipation of the onslaught we know will follow — it became clear that for…
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Income Splitting: A Pacifier, Not A Program

Income splitting? Really? That’s the Conservatives’ big plan for helping to ease the financial burden of couples with children? I’m not surprised. After all, this is the government for whom $100/month (taxable!) for each child under six is their version of a universal child care plan. Now, I won’t claim…
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