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Building Meaning in the Skilled Trades

"If this doesn't work out for you, you can always pick up a trade." This short, seemingly encouraging epithet, encapsulates both the hypothesis behind this paper and the motivation for the Building Meaning Project. Our working hypothesis is that a social bias against employment in the skilled trades exists in this country.

Cardus Construction Competitiveness Monitor

Labour monopolies increase costs by up to 40 percent on nearly a billion dollars worth of Ontario construction projects, says a paper released by Hamilton based think-tank Cardus. The paper estimates, 25 percent of Ontario taxpayers are affected by municipal labour monopolies in construction Labour monopolies affect over 750 million dollars worth...

Competition and Cooperation

This policy paper presents the case for a new framework of understanding labour relations in Canada. Taking insights which move debates about labour beyond the pendulum of pro-union and anti-union policies, it proposes a new policy within a new framework. This new framework limits the state; removes anti-competitive legislation that favour one means...

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