Blogs

Stay informed and up-to-date! The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has three blogs that deliver timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians. Our blogs address a range of public policy matters, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more.

Find out more about each of our blogs below:

Behind the Numbers (National Office, Ontario Office, Nova Scotia Office, and Saskatchewan Office)

Behind the Numbers offers progressive and thought-provoking views from some of the leading voices in Canadian public policy. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Policy Note (BC Office)

Policy Note examines and analyzes current and emerging policy debates, and offers solutions that are both practical and hopeful. One blog post at a time, Policy Note offers a vision of a new, vibrant British Columbia where all citizens benefit from our province’s bounty. Contributors include staff and research associates from the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Policy Fix (Manitoba Office)

Policy Fix delivers progressive analysis and commentary relevant to the issues of importance to Manitobans, with a particular emphasis on poverty and labour. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Please note that the views expressed on these blogs are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA.

Behind the Numbers
Policy Note
Policy Fix
  • Latest posts from behindthenumbers.ca

    A cure for deficit and tax phobia

    by Alex Himelfarb on February 26, 2021 The upcoming federal budget is likely to set the terms of the next federal election. The deficit hawks who had been quiet during much of the early pandemic spending are back in...

    Rethinking pink day

    by Amanda Gebhard on February 24, 2021 Throughout February and March, organizations across Canada participated in Pink Shirt Day, a nationwide “anti-bullying” movement. Pink t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Be a...

    U.S. farm groups and unions ask Biden to end CUSMA attack on Canada’s supply management system

    by Cathy Holtslander on February 15, 2021 On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by...

    Tripping over TRIPS

    by Katie Raso on February 11, 2021 The new year brought with it a spate of new COVID-19 lockdowns across much of the world alongside worries of new and more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus. For Canada...

    Rents keep going up, pandemic or not 

    by CCPA on February 9, 2021 News stories of rents for vacant apartments going down, coupled with anecdotes about landlords offering incentives to attract tenants, have fuelled the notion that renters have...
  • Latest posts from policynote.ca

    Ottawa’s fixation with trees and climate: What exactly are we planting?

    by Ben Parfitt on June 18, 2021 By two significant measures, last year’s effort to plant 300 million tree seedlings in Canada’s most forest-rich province was a remarkable achievement. Not only was it a record...

    Canada’s Carbon Conundrum and the Difficult Path Forward

    by J David Hughes on June 7, 2021 Since the first oil well was drilled in 1859 humans have been on a roll. Global population has increased more than six-fold and energy use per capita has grown more than nine-fold...

    Priming the pump

    by Ben Parfitt on May 26, 2021 Scientist warns cumulative effect of thousands of fracked gas wells means powerful earthquakes ahead for northeast BC Massive amounts of water pumped with brute force into the...

    Out of water?

    by Ben Parfitt on May 20, 2021 As deadline looms, thousands of BC groundwater users risk losing access to water, but not most water bottling, fracking and mining companies In February 2018, the head of a little...

    Indigenous resurgence in a province like no other

    by John Price on May 18, 2021 After 30 years of treaty talks, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings, and the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, First...
  • Latest posts from the Manitoba Office blog:

    Time to flush P3 process for waste plant

    by policyfix on June 21, 2021 By Saku Pinta First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Friday June 18, 2021 When the province of Manitoba ordered the City of Winnipeg to undertake a market...

    Ageism, sexism combine to hamper elder care

    by policyfix on June 16, 2021 By Laura Funk and Brianne Goertzen, Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press June 15, 2021  For over a year now, Manitobans, like all Canadians, have...

    Supervised Consumption Site…

    by policyfix on June 7, 2021 CCPA Manitoba Presentation to Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks in support of the tabling of the Supervised Consumption Site in Winnipeg...

    Bill 64 Smashing K-12 education eggs

    by policyfix on May 27, 2021 By John Wiens Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press May 25, 2021 “You can’t break eggs without making an omelette —That’s what they tell the eggs,...

    Regulator’s failure puts water at risk

    by policyfix on May 20, 2021 First published in the Winnipeg Free Press May 19, 2021 By Don Sullivan CanWhite Sands Corporation (CWS) has not yet received an environment licence from the Province of...