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Did wind-generated electricity displace gas-generated electricity in Ontario in June 2019?

Financiers of green energy projects often claim in public filings that the energy generated by the projects they have financed has avoided some definite number of tons of CO2 emissions. Run the numbers, and you usually find they have assumed some annual capacity factor, say 35 percent in the case o ...

The Work and the Future Podcast Trailer!

Ready or not, the world of work is changing. And, whoever you are, you need to figure out your place in the future of work. We need to re-imagine everything. Who are the workers that will be in demand in the future? Will robots take our jobs or become our trusted co-workers? Should companies let wo ...

Episode 2: How Is the Pandemic Changing the Race to Automate?

  All of a sudden, front line workers are being treated as the heroes of this pandemic and that is only fair. Bus drivers, grocery workers, cleaners, meat plant employees – all of these people jobs that need doing and they put themselves at risk in the process. In acknowledgement of that, many e ...

Episode 3: Can We Prepare Our Communities for the Future of Work?

As the labor market goes through an evolution that started long before the pandemic, our communities are being transformed as well. In many cases that means good things, as when successful companies hire and prosperity increases. Other times there are less-positive spin-offs, with some people being ...

Episode 4: The Lights are Out in the Travel Sector – Will They Ever Go Back On?

Many sectors have been impacted by the pandemic, but none more completely than the travel sector. One week is was functioning at full capacity, and then the next the lights had completely gone out, or so it seems. When they go back on, they will shine on a completely different sector, one is which ...

Episode 5: Remote Work Is Having Its Fifteen Minutes – Or Will it Be a Lot Longer?

  Remote work is having a minute, or rather a series of them.  Some companies have used it for years, some have been adamantly against it, but both kinds are being forced into it at the moment. As the pandemic forces millions to figure out some kind of home office set up (the kitchen table works ...

COVID-19 Emergency Benefits: Who's included, who's left out and the role of provinces

Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) were opened on Monday, April 6th, and officials have estimated that up to 4 million people may apply for the emergency support. Since March 15th, more than 2 million workers had already applied for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Th ...

One Lesson from the Pandemic: Canada Needs to Rebuild Manufacturing

One of the by-products of the global COVID 19 pandemic is that all of a sudden people are paying attention to where things are actually manufactured. On Monday morning April 13, the lead headline on the CBC website was “Canada building its own PPE supply chain…in China”.  As the Toronto Sta ...

Lift the Floor: Provincial Responses to the Coronavirus Crisis

The Institute’s first convening in our new digital series explored how provinces have a critical role to play to meet the needs of people and communities during the pandemic and beyond. ...

Five tests to make sure bailouts benefit people, not corporations

Canada’s corporate bailouts need to cut out tax dodgers and profiteers, and show long-term commitments are attached to the money. ...