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The opportunity for real change is now. We cannot afford to miss it

The opportunity for real change is now. We cannot afford to miss it

We are fortunate to live in Canada. One of the things that makes this a great country is that change – even major change – is possible. Since the founding of Canada in 1867 Canadian citizens have fought for a better, more just society. The struggle of workers to unionize and of women for voting and other rights began before the formation of Canada but gained momentum after Confederation. Many other movements have also made progress through years of activism. Change was slow often taking decades. But over time substantial progress was made, often at great sacrifice and always accompanied by reaction. Occasionally opportunities arise to advance social and political change much more quickly. Now is one of those times.

Perceptions and Polarization: Measuring the Perception Gap Between Urban and Rural Canadians

Perceptions and Polarization: Measuring the Perception Gap Between Urban and Rural Canadians

Political polarization is growing across the globe. In this first report on the urban-rural divide in Canada, Sean Speer teams up with Peter Loewen and the University of Toronto’s Policy, Elections and Representation Lab (PEARL) to explore the theory that a “perception gap” exists between those who live in cities, the suburbs and rural communities. How do Canadians' distorted beliefs of one another’s circumstances fuel polarization?

Canada's Net Zero Future

Canada's Net Zero Future

Canada has committed to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and we have many ways to get there.

Canada's Net Zero Future does not recommend any specific path to the 2050 goal. Instead, it provides a clear analysis of Canada’s options, significant drivers within and outside of Canada’s control, and the conditions that are likely to influence success.

Provincial Leadership on a National Pharmacare Program

Provincial Leadership on a National Pharmacare Program

Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Dix, 

Canadians cherish their Medicare system. This support crosses all geographic, demographic and political divides. There is a reason that Tommy Douglas was famously voted the “Greatest Canadian”: and that reason is his role – and that of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) – in bringing single-payer public health insurance to this country. 

Since the introduction of the 1947 Saskatchewan Hospitalization Act, the CCF/NDP have – as a core mandate – advanced the vision of Medicare as a right of citizenship for Canadians. 

We are writing you to ask you to once again fulfill this historic mission through ensuring the government of British Columbia becomes a leading voice in the national effort to achieve universal, public Pharmacare. 

Addressing Environmental Racism in Black Communities in Canada

Addressing Environmental Racism in Black Communities in Canada

Africville, a former African Nova Scotian community, has come to symbolize the harmful impacts of both gentrification and environmental racism. An “urban renewal” campaign that began in the 1960s took property away from and displaced members of the Africville community. The area subsequently became the site for several environmental and social hazards, including a fertilizer plant, slaughterhouse, tar factory, stone and coal crushing plant, cotton factory, prison, three systems of railway tracks, and an open dump.

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