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The throne speech must blaze a bold new path — including imposing a wealth tax

The throne speech must blaze a bold new path — including imposing a wealth tax

By Bruce Campbell, Adjunct professor The speech from the throne is only weeks away. Moments like these — pandemics, depressions, wars — are historical turning points, often marking a time period when fundamental change toward social and economic equality become possible. Unlike the apparently failed state south of the border that seems to be trudging

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COVID-19 Among Meatpacking Workers: Documenting Migration Status and Employment Conditions in Southern Alberta

COVID-19 Among Meatpacking Workers: Documenting Migration Status and Employment Conditions in Southern Alberta

Project Investigator: Jennifer Hyndman. Partner: ActionDignity. Funding: SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant. Term: 2020-2022. The project seeks to unpack the links between the migration status of meat packers and their experience of COVID-19. Reports in the media and by community advocates, including partner organization, ActionDignity, indicate that the workforce is composed of almost entirely of migrant

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Mobilizing sustainable energy research in the age of populism and COVID-19

Mobilizing sustainable energy research in the age of populism and COVID-19

Principal Investigator: Mark Winfield Funding: SSHRC Connections Grant. Term: 2020-2022. The project provides opportunities and platforms for researchers and practitioners to make connections between findings arising through different research projects and aids in setting future research agendas, including the impact of COVID-19 on low-carbon energy transitions. The subjects addressed through these projects have included energy

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Urban life in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

Urban life in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

In an article in The Conversation on February 17, Professors Roger Keil, Creighton Connolly, and S. Harris Ali, stressed that “[o]utbreaks like coronavirus start in and spread from the edges of cities,” noting that merging infectious disease has much to do with how and where we live, and that the ongoing coronavirus is an example of the close

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Vaccine geopolitics during COVID-19

Vaccine geopolitics during COVID-19

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus illustrates that we are connected globally like never before, yet responses to the virus are decidedly local and national, exposing new geopolitical fault lines and exacerbating material divides that make the difference between living and dying.   To put it bluntly, “we are simply not all in this

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Traversing Toronto in pandemic times

Traversing Toronto in pandemic times

From mid-March to late May, Professor Stefan Kipfer posted a series of short articles and photo essays on social media. Inspired by his daily walks and bicycle trips around Toronto, the images tried to make sense of the news about the coronavirus that started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China and became widespread around the world. In

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Re-imagining public spaces and designing liveable communities in a COVID-19 world

Re-imagining public spaces and designing liveable communities in a COVID-19 world

How do we reimagine public spaces – such as parks, streets, beaches, schools, libraries, and other areas of communities – in a way that they will be liveable for people in a COVID-19 world? What are the issues around equal access and rights to public and social spaces as we begin to live in this

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Reorienting labour unions in the time of COVID-19 crisis

Reorienting labour unions in the time of COVID-19 crisis

The shut-down of non-essential work in response to COVID-19 has decimated labour markets. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 20.5 million more workers lost their jobs in April, as official unemployment skyrocketed to 14.7%. It is the largest single-month increase in unemployment since the data series started in 1948. In Canada, the news

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The pandemic as a portal to food sovereignty

The pandemic as a portal to food sovereignty

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the fragilities and inequities within the globalized industrial food system: ecosystem collapse through deforestation, loss of animal habitat, monocultural production, long supply chains dependent on fossil fuel based transportation, loss of access to land through trade agreements, lack of state support for small producers, forced migration and farm labour

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