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What's New: The good, the bad, and the ugly of Alberta's new royalty framework

by Ricardo Acuna | February 11, 2016

Alberta's new royalty framework, released January 29 by the government, was one of the most anti-climactic pieces of new public policy released by the NDP government since coming to power last spring. Despite significant anticipation after a number of delays – and an extensive campaign of fear and doom-saying by the province’s oil industry and the extreme political right – five months of study and a 209-page report by the review panel ultimately led the government to assess that the existing regime was working well and that Albertans were getting their fair share of energy revenues after all.



What's New: Better Lives - Toronto

| February 11, 2016

We live in a great city, but some of us are barely hanging on. Good jobs are getting harder to find. Over half of us don’t have the stable and secure jobs we need to support our families, participate in our communities, and plan for our futures -- jobs with predictable shifts, decent wages, and benefits that we can rely on. No wonder Toronto has become the most unequal city in Canada.



What's New: An Economy for the 1%

by Oxfam | February 11, 2016

The global inequality crisis is reaching new extremes. The richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Power and privilege is being used to skew the economic system to increase the gap between the richest and the rest. A global network of tax havens further enables the richest individuals to hide $7.6-trillion. The fight against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is tackled.



What's New: In Egypt, second life for independent trade unions

by Giulio Regeni | February 10, 2016

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presides over Egyptian Parliament with the highest number of police and military personnel in the history of the country, and Egypt ranks among the worst offenders with respect to press freedom. Yet independent trade unions are refusing to give up. The Center for Trade Union and Workers’ Services (CTUWS), a beacon of independent Egyptian trade unionism, has just held a vibrant meeting.



Bullet #1219: What You Need to Know About the Oil Price War

by Eric Ruder | February 10, 2016

The dramatic crash in the price of oil is rewiring the circuits of global capitalism by creating enormous volatility in the world's stock exchanges, hammering banks that made billions of dollars in loans to energy firms, and ravaging the budgets of the world's largest oil-producing countries. Today, oil is trading at around $30 a barrel – roughly 75 per cent below its price of $114 a barrel in the summer of 2014 – that is, a year and a half ago.



What's New: What Solidarity Winnipeg is all about

| February 9, 2016

Solidarity Winnipeg is a grassroots, leftwing movement in our city mobilizing as a force of independent left opposition. Their prime concern is opposing a potential Pallister CON government should one form after the 2016 provincial election. If that does not happen and the NDP is re-elected, they plan on pressuring the party into a more progressive policy direction.



What's New: Scraping by on the minimum wage and the Fight for $15

by Teuila Fuatai | February 9, 2016

British Columbia resident Amanda Sillanpaa is working to make a better life for her and her mother. The 25-year-old Burger King employee, who earns $10.45 an hour, hopes to one day become a software and program designer. Today, she is among the hundreds of thousands of Canadians forced to make ends meet on a minimum wage rate. According to a 2014 study from Statistics Canada, minimum wage earners make up at least 6.7 per cent of the workforce.



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