The High Price of Higher Education

Cayla Baarda Governments around the world are increasingly recognizing the payoffs of an educated population, not least of which include greater labour productivity and higher earning potential. Still, not all politicians can agree on precisely how much public money should be spent on assisting individuals’ pursuit of higher education. In 2014, Germany made headlines when the […]

Employment Precarity in Ontario and the Living Wage

Cayla Baarda This past October, labour union Unifor hosted a ‘Good Jobs Summit’ in Toronto highlighting the need to develop practical public policy responses to the ongoing problem of creating good jobs. A few weeks later, on November 16, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act (or Bill 18) passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The […]

The Costs and Benefits of the Income Split

Cayla Baarda After months of debate both in and outside of Parliament, the federal government recently announced plans to lower the tax burden for Canadian families. A core component of these plans is an income splitting policy designed to allow couples with children under the age of 18 to split their incomes between the higher and lower […]

The Value of Votes: The Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto

In light of Toronto’s upcoming municipal election, the PPGR is dedicating this week to a special series of posts that focus on municipal policy issues. Be sure to check back tomorrow to read up on another topic of municipal interest. Cayla Baarda The Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT) is a campaign to introduce ranked […]