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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.

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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...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Evaluating Closed Tendering in Construction Markets

Ontario is faced with huge deficits and a debt that will hamper the province’s long-term economic prospects. In the face of this dire situation, Ontario’s government is turning over stones to find savings for the provincial budget. While many will focus on the need to make cuts in order to achieve this goal, there is a way to achieve significant...