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“Fourth Pillar” Assets Improve Retirement Outlook for Canadians – C.D. Howe Institute

“Contrary to popular claims of widespread gaps in Canadians’ retirement preparedness, a closer analysis of the impact of fourth-pillar assets show fewer Canadians at risk than previously thought…” September 27, 2016 – Fourth-pillar assets significantly improve the outlook for Canadian households’ retirement readiness, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The […]

by pmnationtalk on September 27, 2016697 Views

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FCPP: Saskatchewan Megaprojects in the 1980s: the Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

Canada has had a troubled history of governments pursuing megaprojects that entail large losses of taxpayer money, leading politicians later to bemoan the fact that the project should never have been undertaken. Would better advance assessment avoid such losses? This paper looks at the question in the context of the history of three energy-related megaprojects […]

by pmnationtalk on September 27, 2016612 Views

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Most Canadian Organizations Have Substance Misuse Policies in Place, But Few Measure Their Effectiveness – Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, September 26, 2016— Substance misuse and abuse has been linked to absenteeism, lost productivity, on-the-job accidents and injuries, and workplace violence and harassment. While the majority of Canadian employers have a formal drug and alcohol policy in place, few evaluate their effectiveness, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. “Problematic substance use […]

by pmnationtalk on September 26, 2016574 Views

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CCPA: Canada-EU trade deal undermines public interest regulation, workers: study

September 22, 2016 Ottawa and Berlin—A new transatlantic study finds that the proposed Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), far from being a “progressive” deal, will elevate the rights of corporations above workers and the environment and undermine government regulatory flexibility. In this new edition of Making Sense of CETA, experts from Canada […]

by pmnationtalk on September 23, 2016577 Views

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CCPA: “Commercial” hosts raking in big share of Toronto Airbnb revenue

September 22, 2016 TORONTO – It’s supposed to be a “home sharing” platform, but a small percentage of hosts account for just under half of all Toronto Airbnb revenue, according to estimates in a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office (CCPA-Ontario). The report finds that a small percentage of hosts […]

by pmnationtalk on September 22, 2016732 Views

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Eliminating funding for independent schools would likely further strain public school resources in B.C.

September 20, 2016 VANCOUVER—Defunding independent schools in British Columbia is likely to further strain resources for public schools and lead to increased costs for taxpayers, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “If independent schools were defunded, tuitions would increase, and many B.C. parents would likely be […]

by pmnationtalk on September 20, 2016608 Views

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Salary Increases Remain Muted Amid Economic Uncertainty

Ottawa, September 19, 2016—The Conference Board of Canada releases a sneak preview of its Compensation Planning Outlook 2017. Report Highlights Average increases for non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.2 per cent next year. 11 per cent of Canadian organizations are planning a pay freeze across all employee groups. Lowest average increases are expected to […]

by pmnationtalk on September 19, 2016587 Views

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Two solitudes in Thunder Bay District? Urban or extremely rural

September 15, 2016 – Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards, has released the third report of their joint effort; Northern Projections: Human Capital Series. The report, authored by James Cuddy and Bakhtiar Moazzami, focuses on the Thunder Bay District, highlighting the contrasts that exist between urban and rural population […]

by pmnationtalk on September 15, 2016774 Views

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Ottawa Action Needed on Carbon Pricing – C.D. Howe

Ottawa should establish a nationwide floor price for carbon. September 15, 2016 – Ottawa should establish a nationwide floor price for carbon, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Carbon Copies: The Prospect for an Economy-Wide Carbon Price in Canada,” author Tracy Snoddon argues that a single economy-wide carbon price is required to […]

by pmnationtalk on September 15, 2016716 Views

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Fraser Institute: Canada ranks among top five jurisdictions worldwide for economic freedom, but recent policy changes threaten Canada’s ranking in the coming years

September 15, 2016 TORONTO—Canada has moved into the top five among the world’s most economically free countries, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World report released today. But a growing government, substantial tax increases, and encroaching regulations threaten Canada’s ranking in the coming years. The report measures the economic freedom (levels […]

by pmnationtalk on September 15, 2016782 Views

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