Restaurants and stores say government aid is to blame for a labour shortage — but the hard data tells a different story

Jim Stanford of the Toronto Star writes about Canada not having a labour shortage anytime soon. Read more Publication…


The pandemic proved low-wage workers need better pay. So where are the solutions?

There’s a consensus that personal support workers and other low-wage workers who got us through the pandemic need…


Post-pandemic, let’s demand a plan that gives people economic dignity

Putting dignity at the forefront of the pandemic recovery will allow people to build wealth and capital, while…


School closures have been hard on students and the economy

Lost learning negatively affects children’s skills acquisition and the economy as a whole, Elizabeth Dhuey and…


Ontario’s patchwork approach to collecting race and income vaccine data could hinder rollout

Inconsistent data collection processes could prevent the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19 from getting vaccinated…


Will Ontario schools be ready in September? Here’s where some GTA boards stand on COVID-19 health measures

Ontario educators discuss why improved ventilation, reduced class sizes and more need to be done to prepare for a fall…


Canada trumpeted its special, one-time immigration program for international grads and essential workers. But did it work in the end?

In Toronto Star, Nicholas Keung weighs the success of Canada’s new immigration pathways and what could have been…


A blend of in-person and online learning is becoming the norm. Post-pandemic, let’s make it work

In Toronto Star, Karim Bardeesy writes about the potential of embracing blended learning at the post-secondary level in…


Child care is an integral part of our post-pandemic recovery. Let’s go big and act now

In his Toronto Star column, Karim Bardeesy shares how the provinces can effectively move to implement a viable…


Food pick-up hubs. Crowded-transit trackers. What to expect when Toronto heads back to the office

A post-pandemic workplace will include carefully orchestrated in-person meetings and elements of remote work, says…


‘People are dying’: Internationally trained doctors forced to sit on the sidelines as Ontario battles pandemic’s third wave

In Toronto Star, a Ryerson University professor says internationally trained doctors could play an important role in…


Market competition has suffered during the pandemic. Should we call time on the game of monopoly?

In his Toronto Star column, Karim Bardeesy notes why Canada needs a more aggressive competition policy to promote…


Scarborough researchers found the link between multi-generational households and COVID-19. What it could change about housing in years to come

A new study shows areas in Toronto with high rates of COVID-19 share strong overlap with areas where families or…


Student learning gaps due to fallout of COVID-19 must be addressed, pediatricians say

In Toronto Star, leading pediatric experts call on Ontario to address the impacts of COVID-19’s disruption on…


A Conservative argument for a Liberal sick leave program

In Toronto Star, Karim Bardeesy outlines a two-step process for Ontario to implement a paid sick leave program that…


A return to normal is not so far off. Ontario must be ready to reopen for business

Ontario’s economic recovery plan should start with meaningful tax relief for small businesses, Kyle Sholes writes…


Ontario is in crisis. What can we do when the plot’s been lost?

In his Toronto Star column, Karim Bardeesy lays out four paths for responding to the spiraling COVID-19 crisis in…


Wealth inequality has gotten worse during the pandemic — and here is what we can do about it

In his Toronto Star column, Karim Bardeesy writes about how public policy action can reverse worsening wealth…


Women in the Economy task force must direct more attention to needs of young and BIPOC women

In Toronto Star, Bailey Greenspon and Nia Brown call upon the Women in the Economy task force to provide more supports…


Here’s why Canada’s post-COVID-19 boom may not last long

In her Toronto Star column, Heather Scoffield discusses why the upcoming federal budget should focus on……


Their old jobs won’t come back when the pandemic ends. Here’s how Ottawa can help

Writing for Toronto Star, Heather Scoffield talks about why flexibility among workers and employers alike will be key…


A Marshall Plan for college and university graduates

In Toronto Star, Karim Bardeesy shares a plan for the public and private sector to boost youth employment in light of…