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:

The Monitor Online (National Office, Ontario Office, Nova Scotia Office, and Saskatchewan Office)

Our site MonitorMag.ca features the best in progressive analysis. Our Monitor magazine digs deep on the biggest issues facing Canada, while Behind the Numbers offers quantitative analysis that readers can't find anywhere else. 

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

    Water protection must be a top public policy priority

    by Donna Forsyth on January 14, 2022 The devastating floods that destroyed homes, farms, highways, dikes and critical infrastructure during November’s record rains are both unprecedented and a climate change wake-up...

    COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for a living wage

    by Bethany Hastie on January 10, 2022 With the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, news stories sounding the alarm over worker shortages are once again on the rise. And, like previous waves, these news stories...

    The future of university divestment campaigns: Reflections from inside the movement

    by Emily Lowan on December 17, 2021 To an outsider, university divestment campaigns might look like a hopeful but impractical social movement led by naive cadres of sign-waving students. The truth, however, is that...

    Want BC to be fiscally responsible? Invest in people, communities and our future

    by Alex Hemingway on December 8, 2021 What does it mean for governments to be fiscally and economically responsible today and in an eventual post-pandemic world? During the initial phase of the pandemic, there was a...

    Key recommendations to the BC oil and gas royalty review

    by Emira Mears on December 3, 2021 The oil and gas industry is a marginal player in BC’s overall economy, yet has far-reaching environmental impacts, is inconsistent with global climate action, and undermines First...
  • Latest posts from the Manitoba Office blog:

    Manitoba’s Silica Sand: Use for Fracking Natural Gas

    by policyfix on January 12, 2022 By Don Sullivan The Manitoba government is poised to approve two silica sand mines, one near Vivian in Southeastern Manitoba proposed by CanWhite Sands (CWS), the...

    Speaking Up Winter 2022

    by policyfix on January 11, 2022 Register for 1 or all 4 of the events by following the Zoom links below James Bedford February 10, 7 – 8:15 pm Zoom Link: Killing Bill 64: What Now ? The...

    Call for Proposals

    by policyfix on January 6, 2022 Contract – Qualitative Research on Pay Equity in Manitoba  Goal: Lead qualitative research with women’s, gender-equity and labour groups on pay equity in Manitoba as...

    Winnipeg poverty reduction plan needs financial commitment

    by policyfix on December 9, 2021 By Shauna MacKinnon and Desiree McIvor On November 25th the City of Winnipeg passed its first ever poverty reduction strategy. The Winnipeg  plan was three...

    Land Back:

    by policyfix on December 8, 2021 Unsettling the original injustice On the banks of the Red River, Treaty 1, Original Lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and Homeland...