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  • Intergenerational Solidarity in the Voting Booth

    Posted by · February 08, 2024 7:05 AM

    Our supporter shares his "New Perspective on Voting" to promote longer-term thinking across generations. Voting in solidarity with younger people — who stand to inherit growing climate risks and costs, rising government debts, and prohibitively unaffordable housing — is a concrete way for today’s retirees to be good ancestors to those who follow them. And perhaps the prospect of having their political influence amplified could be the nudge more younger people need to make sure they show up on election days.

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  • Globe & Mail: Is a bedroom for the cat a sign of Canada's new housing aristocracy?

    Posted by · January 13, 2024 3:00 AM

    My home has increased in value by $1.5-million. This windfall came from “doing absolutely nothing,” as Mr. Poilievre rightly observed. My gain is a loss for those who enter the housing system after me, because they must pay higher rents and larger mortgages. This “colossal wealth transfer” leads to important questions about how we adapt.

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  • Looking back at 2023

    Posted by · December 20, 2023 12:37 PM

    As 2023 wraps up, we decided to pause and take stock of the headway we've made this year. Here are five highlights that leave us feeling proud, grateful and inspired to keep marching down the long, slow, winding road to generational fairness.

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  • Globe & Mail: Attention older, affluent homeowners: Let’s put our housing wealth to work

    Posted by · December 16, 2023 4:00 AM

    Older Canadians worked and lived in an era when blue-collar jobs could pay enough to purchase a home. With the wealth they have since acquired from rising home values, many have ascended to the ranks of the affluent. The financial industry recognizes this. Public opinion does too. It’s time for governments to catch up, by revisiting social-spending priorities and revenue plans to pay for the investments that citizens want.

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  • Globe & Mail: Past governments didn’t work out how to pay for boomers’ retirement

    Posted by · December 01, 2023 1:00 AM

    The deficits announced in Ottawa’s fall economic statement remind us that previous governments never worked out how to pay for the healthy retirement of baby boomers. The personal finances of younger Canadians are collateral damage.

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  • Parties misdiagnose biggest changes in Fall Economic Statement

    Posted by · November 24, 2023 12:52 PM

    Federal parties have misdiagnosed the biggest changes in 2023 Fall Economic Statement. Canada needs a federal task force on generational fairness to correct these misperceptions of federal finances.

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  • New policy solutions for families

    Posted by · November 20, 2023 1:00 AM

    Despite historic government investments in child care, Canadian families still find themselves squeezed by rising costs, scarce supports, and services that are difficult to access. Government budgets still invest more urgently in retirees than younger Canadians — even when new child care spending is added in. Gen Squeeze is paving the way for much-needed policy change with a new solutions framework to support young families.

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  • The Globe & Mail: Merit, luck or extraction? Revisiting the stories we tell about our financial status

    Posted by · November 18, 2023 12:12 PM

    Nobody likes to be challenged about whether they earned all that they have. Some get defensive when I talk about winning the “lottery of timing” by becoming a homeowner years ago, or when I raise concerns that younger Canadians inherit unaffordability and climate problems in which I’m partly implicated. Breaking through this defensiveness is necessary if Canada is to work once again for young and old alike.

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  • Intergenerational Fairness Day has arrived

    Posted by · November 16, 2023 2:00 AM

    Today, November 16, 2023, is the first global Intergenerational Fairness Day. The urgent need to reverse the deteriorating well-being of younger and future generations stretches beyond Canada. Voices from the US, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Japan, Nigeria, and Australia as well as United Nations Foundation Next Generation Fellows have joined together to call on governments to preserve what is sacred – a healthy childhood, home, and planet – so that we can all be proud of the legacy we leave for those who follow. 

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  • The Globe & Mail: Fixing the affordability crisis is key to fixing medical care

    Posted by · November 06, 2023 10:38 AM

    Financial security matters more for our health than access to doctors. Whether you are concerned about declining affordability or growing medical care pressures, governments need to better balance spending on medical care with other priorities that are critical to our well-being, such as reducing poverty, the costs of housing and child care, and climate risks.

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