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Did you know?

  • Each year Canada loses 20,000 to 25,000 hectares of prime farmland to urban expansion
  • For every 1,000 people we add to Canada’s population, we lose 53 hectares of prime farmland near our large urban areas
  • Despite the large geographic area of Canada, only 3.2% of can be used to grow crops and 4.2% canbe used as pastureland

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How long did it take you to get to work this morning?

What was your mood when you arrived?

While our cities expand, so do the costs of running them and living in them, yet the quality of life within them is declining. While everyone can see the congestion and gridlock on our roads, not enough people are talking about commuter stress and what causes it.

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Over the past 50 years, wages in Canada have stayed the same while personal debt has quintupled. In Ontario, the percentage of workers in minimum wage jobs has increased 500% since 1997.

What has caused Canada to so completely miss the international trend to higher wages and fuller employment that many more successful nations in the OECD  (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) have enjoyed? How were their policies different?

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