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  • What good is the Constitution if it can’t protect us from climate change?

    Posted by · September 21, 2020 10:19 PM

    This week’s Supreme Court of Canada review of the federal carbon tax is an important one to watch. At the heart of the top court’s hearing is the question: Is our country ready and able to work together to fight the climate crisis?

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  • Three-Day-Weekends Should be Part of the Pandemic Recovery

    Posted by · May 28, 2020 10:33 PM

    Since physical distancing curtails out-of-province travel, the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) has floated the idea that workplaces should prioritize three-day-weekends so locals have more time to recreate near home.

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  • Why its focus on wellbeing helps Ottawa fight Covid-19

    Posted by · May 04, 2020 4:50 PM

    Just before the pandemic set in Canada, there was much talk among federal decision makers about a “wellbeing budget.” Borrowing from New Zealand and elsewhere, Mr. Trudeau’s mandate letters encouraged multiple ministers to “to better incorporate quality of life measurements into government decision-making and budgeting”.

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  • Taking the fight for climate action to the Supreme Court

    Posted by · February 27, 2020 5:06 PM

    Most people agree we need to take serious action to address the climate emergency. Working together is our best, and possibly only, chance of solving it. But Canada is facing a major hurdle in its fight against the climate crisis. One of our most important national climate change policies is being challenged in the Supreme Court by provinces that don’t want to take meaningful action.

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  • WIN: TO's new Airbnb rules could bring 5k units back for residents

    Posted by · November 21, 2019 10:37 PM

    Clichés be damned! Toronto has shown that when it comes to Airbnb, we can have our cake and eat it too. This week, a provincial tribunal ruled in favour of Toronto’s proposed rules for short-term rentals. The important part is that up to 5,000 Airbnb units could be returned to the long-term residential market in Toronto thanks to the new regulations.

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  • WIN: Ontario court gives another 👍 to pricing carbon pollution

    Posted by · July 17, 2019 11:02 PM

    A second provincial court has ruled in favour of Canada's national policy on pricing carbon pollution, and a better future for younger generations. Just before Canada Day, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed the federal government's authority to respond to the global climate emergency, including by putting a price on carbon pollution.

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  • WIN: Saskatchewan court gives 👍 to carbon price

    Posted by · May 16, 2019 10:59 PM

    When Saskatchewan and Ontario went to court to fight a national carbon price, we formed a coalition and hired lawyers to push back. Our work shows pricing pollution can go hand in hand with affordability, and Canada has — we argue — a constitutional obligation to take emergency-level action to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.

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  • WIN: Burnaby releases bold 10-part housing plan

    Posted by · May 16, 2019 10:34 PM

    After honing in on Burnaby — which has the worst rental market in B.C. and the third worst in all of Canada — we've helped the City craft a bold "Quick Start" housing affordability plan to turn things around.

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  • Our Constitution protects children from abuse

    Posted by · April 15, 2019 10:11 PM

    While many of us face serious affordability challenges, our organization knows pricing pollution is not the source of that problem. The source is high costs for housing, child care, postsecondary, transit, etc. — especially since young people’s earnings have stagnated over the last four decades.

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  • Pricing pollution and affordability go hand in hand

    Posted by · April 01, 2019 4:54 PM

    The pricing pollution debate heats up as the Saskatchewan and Ontario Courts of Appeal hear arguments about the constitutionality of federal plans to price carbon in provinces that don’t establish their own. Some express heartfelt concerns that pricing pollution hurts everyday Canadians: think commuters, hockey moms shuttling kids to practice or office workers.

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