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Culture and Recreation: Links to Well-Being

Sherri Torjman explores how culture and recreation contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. This paper is part of a series on Vibrant Communities, a pan-Canadian initiative that seeks local solutions for poverty reduction.

Elder Care: The Nexus for Family, Work and Health Policy

Satya Brink presented this paper at an annual conference of the Canadian Association of Gerontology in Montreal in October 2002. In her paper, she discusses the wide-reaching impact of elder care on individuals, families, work, and public policy.

Maintaining Investment in Nova Scotians: Alternative Provincial Budget 2006-2007

According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Nova Scotian provincial government underestimates its surpluses. This propensity for underestimation stifles debate on how public funds should be distributed, and thereby diminishes the opportunities available to improve services and infrastructure.

Moving Forward: Alternative Federal Budget 2006

Analyzing the federal Conservative minority platform, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives presents an alternative federal budget that honours commitments to prior parliamentary decisions (including child care, First Nations, cities and Kyoto), improves the lives of Canadians, and meets international obligations (including aid commitments)

New Poverty Traps: Means-Testing and Modest-Income Seniors

Richard Shillington argues that millions of Canadians accept the advice of governments and the financial community, putting billions into RRSPs each year; for many lower-income Canadians, however, Shillington believes RRSPs make a terrible investment. Canadians with lower incomes, and those whose jobs tend to be without an employer pension, get little or no effective tax assistance for saving. On the other hand, higher-income Canadians are encouraged to save for retirement, a saving that is supplemented by advantageous tax treatment.

Occupational Pension Plans in Canada: Trends in Coverage and the Incomes of Seniors

Occupational pension plans – also called employer-sponsored, workplace, or registered pension plans – are crucial to Canadian seniors’ income security, contends author Edward Tamagno.

Standing Up for Which Families? Who Benefits from the Conservative Tax Cut Promises

Block and Russell present a challenge to the federal Conservative Party’s promise to “stand up for families,” suggesting that Conservative policy has resulted in a divide, with some families benefiting more than others.

The Vote or Veto Budget: An Analysis of the 2005 Federal Budget

In this paper, Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman, Michael Mendelson, and Steve Pomeroy assess the 2005 federal budget according to three principles the Caledon Institute put forward during pre-budget consultations.

Waterloo Region’s Guaranteed Income Supplement Campaign

Despite the presence of more than 350 high-tech companies, a vibrant insurance industry, and two universities, Waterloo Region’s poverty rate was approximately 11.3 percent in 2001. In this context, Anne Makhoul focuses her attention on the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for low-income seniors, suggesting that as many as 3,000 eligible residents in Waterloo Region were not receiving the GIS.