Cutting crew: What the 10% tuition fee reduction really means for Ontario

Wait—a 10% tuition fee reduction, followed by a freeze. In [checks notes] Doug Ford’s Ontario? If you didn’t hear the record scratch after Tuesday’s sneak peek announcement, you weren’t paying close enough attention. Since assuming office, Doug Ford’s conservative government has made public funding for universities contingent on institutions adopting…
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Ten considerations for the next Alberta budget

On November 16, I participated in a workshop organized by the Alberta Alternative Budget Working Group. Held at the University of Alberta’s main campus, speakers discussed macroeconomic, health care and social policy considerations for the next Alberta budget. Here are 10 things to know: 1) Alberta’s still recovering from a…
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Smoke & Mirrors: Gutting social assistance without cutting social assistance rates

The Ontario PC government has announced the first cues about its plans for social assistance reform. Given that the previous PC government axed social assistance rates by 21.6%, there’s been widespread fear that rate cuts from the Ford government were on the horizon. ? But last week’s announcement included no…
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Canada’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy: Strong on accountability, short on action

Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, Opportunity for All, was released last week by ESDC Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, setting out the government’s commitment to reduce poverty in Canada. For years, the anti-poverty community and its allies have worked tirelessly for a meaningful federal plan to eradicate poverty and for the investments needed…
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