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The Social Commons: Our Five Pillars

Where We Started From Our journey began with the planning of a fall 2019 symposium exploring the relevance of the Social Commons as a framework...

Inclusive, Equitable Communities: Ensuring Human Rights

As we contend with the ravages of a global pandemic and plan our recovery, Canadians have discovered, as in other times of crisis, what...

Social Rights and Protections

The foundation laid for social rights and a social contract In the mid-20th century, after fifteen years of the Great Depression and the Second World...

Sustainable Eco-Systems: Economies Living in Harmony with Nature

How Do We Ensure Sustainable Eco-Systems? Living through the pandemic has exposed how precarious so much of our social and economic life really is.  It...

Creating a Human Needs Economy

The post-pandemic economy: More of the same? As the disruption of the pandemic nears its end, we begin to imagine post-pandemic life in all of...

Deepening Democracy: Strengthening Democracy and Civil Society

What Is Democracy’s Place in the Commons? Living through the pandemic has exposed how precarious so much of our social and economic life. It revealed...

more STORIES focused on the five pillars

What’s old is new again: Bioarchitects plot route to circular economy

Click here to view original web page at news.mongabay.com The modern construction industry is built on cement, with factories and public buildings, commercial space and...

In defence of Bill C-282: Canada’s supply management supports farmers while safeguarding consumers

Click here to view original web page at theconversation.com The recent passage of Bill C-282, legislation that prevents Canadian trade negotiators from surrendering...

The climate crisis is happening even if we don’t ‘look up’

Click here to view original web page at rabble.ca We really do have everything! With common sense, evidence, action, ...

The Habitation Economy: Creating A Livable Place

Click here to view original web page at www.dissentmagazine.org The core analytic framework for economists on the left has not changed in nearly a century....

Rethinking the nation, beyond nativism

Click here to view original web page at www.socialeurope.eu Challenging intolerance does involve a political economy of justice. ...

Cory Doctorow’s Vision for a Just Tech Revolution

Click here to view original web page at jacobin.com Interview by David Moscrop We talked to famed tech writer Cory Doctorow about his new book, The...

Improving Air Quality for Children Act

Click here to view original web page at apuffofabsurdity.blogspot.com Our children are mandated to be in school. It should also be mandated ...

“Parents’ Rights” Rhetoric Is Rooted in Radical Conspiracy Theories

Click here to view original web page at thewalrus.ca Why are federal and provincial conservative leaders ...

Climate crisis, inequality show need for systemic change

Click here to view original web page at rabble.ca At the nexus of all that’s wrong with the human experiment is ...

The Economy as a Doughnut: what’s enough… or too much?

Click here to view original web page at www.resilience.org What exactly is the doughnut? Think of it as an economic compass, artfully crafted to address...

Microplastics pose risk to ocean plankton, climate, other key Earth systems

Click here to view original web page at news.mongabay.com Trillions of microplastic particles in the ocean threaten marine life, from huge filter- feeders to...

Restoring degraded forests may be key for climate, study says

Click here to view original web page at news.mongabay.com Scientists have found that focusing on restoring degraded forests, which cover more than 1.5 billion hectares...

Making EU economic governance fit for purpose

Click here to view original web page at www.socialeurope.eu Investing in the future and reforming the fiscal rules are essential, while decentralising and democratising economic...

Never stop advocating for protecting the climate

Click here to view original web page at rabble.ca It’s challenging not to be lulled into complacency and acceptance of the status quo by industry’s...

Saule Omarova’s Plan to Remake the Financial System

Click here to view original web page at www.dissentmagazine.org What would it look like if we subordinated finance to the public interest? When Saule Omarova—President Joe...

Canada’s MAID policy is facilitating death by poverty

Click here to view original web page at ricochet.media A 56-year-old Vancouver woman says she will die this month because British Columbia’s provincial government is...

Saskatchewan’s use of the notwithstanding clause reveals its fundamental flaw

Click here to view original web page at policyoptions.irpp.org Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced his government’s intent to pass legislation invoking the notwithstanding clause...

The Global Energy Transition: Critical Minerals & Water Scarcity

Click here to view original web page at www.resilience.org This is the fourth in a series of articles (ed. note:, see previous posts here, here...

The legislative protection of cash is sound social policy

Click here to view original web page at policyoptions.irpp.org The ebb and flow of economic patterns reveals a paradox in Canada’s monetary landscape. Amid the march...

Seventy-plus nations sign historic high seas treaty, paving way for ratification

Click here to view original web page at news.mongabay.com As of Sept. 22, 75 nations and the European Union had signed the high seas treaty...

For the oceans, global community must fund Sustainable Development Goal 14

Click here to view original web page at news.mongabay.com Oceans sustain life by providing myriad ecosystem services and foods which over three billion people depend...

How climate assemblies can help Canada tackle the climate crisis

Click here to view original web page at theconversation.com Canada’s ongoing and record-breaking wildfire season and the recent heat waves around the world have galvanized...

New study shows Earth may be past the ‘safe operating space’ for humanity

Click here to view original web page at news.mongabay.com The planetary boundaries theory — the concept that the Earth has an operating system that is...

In downtown Montreal, a neighbourhood built on mutual aid

Click here to view original web page at ricochet.media ‘We are really a last resort’: A vital support system in Milton Park ...

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