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A reset for the child tax benefit system

While the policy case for child benefits is strong, our current way of delivering child benefits in Canada is broken and needs to be reset. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Kevin Milligan


It’s not just income inequality that counts

Henry Milner finds that Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are on the right track in drawing a correlation between greater equality and favourable social outcomes, but they miss the policy choices [Issue 34, 2013]
by Henry Milner



Montreal: Autonomous entity or creature of Quebec?

Does a lack of autonomy make municipalities more vulnerable to corrupt practices? [From Inroads 33, 2013]
by Eric Hamovitch


The stench of corruption

Is Montreal different, and if so, why? [From Inroads 33, 2013]
by Brian Tanguay



Medicare in the crosshairs

A look at Jeffrey Simpson's latest book on the state of health care in Canada. [From Inroads 33, 2013]
by Greg Marchildon

Road cross

Sweden’s health care future

The future financial sustainability of the welfare state in general and health care in particular is crucial to Swedish society. [From Inroads 33, 2013]
by Stefan Ackerby



Saving medicare for the next generation

A look at some of the politically controversial reforms that will probably be necessary to “save medicare.” [From Inroads 33, 2013]
by John Richards


Our imaginary reality

If there’s one thing that Canadian experts, journalists, academics and letter-to-the-editor writers agree on, it’s that the Tories’ Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10), passed by the House of Commons a year ago, ...
by Arthur Milner


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Social media politics

Are the new movements, from Quebec to Wall Street, compatible with representative democracy? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Henry Milner

Regina 1944: The CCF achieved its first major electoral breakthrough

Diverging paths?

In 2007, New Democratic Party governments in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan faced their electorates, and the two elections produced different outcomes. [From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Christopher Adams



Stephen Harper, Canadian

Though Stephen Harper is often portrayed as a radically conservative ideologue, his policies have been less dogmatic than most observers expected.[From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Neal Carter


Claude Ryan’s vision and Liberal renewal

A key event for the Quebec Liberal Party and its renewal is a members’ convention scheduled for March 7–9, 2008, in Quebec City. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Geoffrey Kelley



Incidents in the Life 
of Markus Paul – 2: An accurate portrayal of Aboriginal complexities

Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul shows the good and the bad among both First Nation and white communities in the Miramichi Valley, a corner of northern New Brunswick. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joseph Quesnel


Vancouver and the insatiable automobile

The streetcar city may have been the best way human beings have found to build aspirational urban fabric. Adjusted for our times, the pre-Motordom city can serve as the model for the post-Motordom city. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Gordon Price



The health care policy trap: Lessons for Canada from health care reform in the United States

An excellent analysis of the tortuous evolution of health reform in the United States.Until Canadians address deficiencies in our own system, we have no reason to be smug in looking at health care politics in the US. [From Inro...
by Greg Marchildon


Incidents in the Life 
of Markus Paul – 1: A modern-day Dickens or Tolstoy

This murder mystery serves as a lens through which David Adams Richards illuminates the lingering effects of colonization, band council governance, systemic racism and the invidious nature of prejudice. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Nicole O'byrne


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Are diversity and solidarity incompatible? Canada in comparative context

Canada provides a counternarrative to the US. The progressive agenda of diversity combined with solidarity is feasible, if inevitably fragile. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Keith Banting


Tearing down the barriers of exclusivism

When in the name of freedom of religion, courts overrule sound laws and regulations, they collude in stifling freedom of conscience. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Pierre Joncas