Think Tanks

Women, work and COVID-19

Women, work and COVID-19

This report looks at the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic security of women in Canada and the current efforts to respond to urgent economic need in the short- to medium-term, as well as demands for fundamental systemic change moving forward. Do Canada’s pandemic responses measure up? Are they providing essential financial support to those in need? Are they working to eliminate systemic barriers facing women—and marginalized women, in particular—in the labour market? Are they setting a course for an intersectional feminist recovery—one that not only recovers lost ground, but also tackles long-standing economic disparities?

Canada should spread its bets in the transition to net zero

Canada should spread its bets in the transition to net zero

Uncertainty can be paralyzing. Uncertainty when the stakes are high, doubly so. Ask five people how Canada should get to net zero emissions by 2050, and you may get six answers. There is no shortage of ideas: electrification, carbon capture and storage, direct air capture, hydrogen fuel, small modular nuclear—all are on the table, and many more. As a result, uncertainty and debate persists around the relative importance of any one solution on the way to net zero. 

To address climate, Canada's financial system needs to evolve: research finds

To address climate, Canada's financial system needs to evolve: research finds

The pandemic hasn’t dampened the interest of big and small Canadian investors in participating in the transition to a clean economy, according to research released today by the Pembina Institute. But, in order to start channelling more of their savings and capital to climate solutions they need greater clarity on the rules from governments and regulators, and more transparency and disclosure on climate risk from companies.

From Keynesian Consensus to Neo-Liberalism to the Green New Deal: 75 years of income inequality in Canada

From Keynesian Consensus to Neo-Liberalism to the Green New Deal: 75 years of income inequality in Canada

This report tracks Canadian income inequality through 75 years of growth and recessions and speculates about the post-COVID-19 future. It emphasizes the importance of the economic paradigms informing the public policies which have shaped, and will shape, inequality and how the problems that one paradigm could not solve have informed the emergence of the next paradigm.

Council of Canadians tells MPs to stop water privatizations

Council of Canadians tells MPs to stop water privatizations

On February 23, 2021 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met to discuss the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Included below are notes from Climate and Social Justice Campaigner Dylan Penner’s presentation to the committee about why the bank should stop supporting privatization and public-private partnerships.