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It makes sense that most of our public debate about infrastructure spending focuses on revenue
. But too heavy a focus on revenue can lead us to neglect sound public policy focused on cost containment
This paper is intended as a reminder and a spur. A reminder of the practices and data that allow governments to invest responsibly and in the public interest. And a spur to government, industry, labour, and others to consider that fair, open, and competitive tendering lightens that burden on this generation and the next.
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Toronto rightly calls itself the economic engine of Ontario. But Toronto's performance is hampered by legislation which prevents it from getting the best value for its construction projects. Why? One of the reasons can be found in a 2008 Toronto city staff report which studied the cost implications of closed-tendering in Toronto. This paper reviews that staff report and finds significant
methodological problems with it that lead to faulty conclusions
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"If this doesn't work out for you, you can always pick up a trade." This short, seemingly encouraging epithet, encapsulates the Building Meaning Project. A social bias against employment in the skilled trades exists in this country. This document includes the Building Meaning in the Skilled Trades
background paper, and the final series of recommendations for industry and labour stakeholders; educational institutions; governments; and researchers
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Canada is in the midst of a new industrial revolution which is changing the face of our economy. Resources—long lamented as the means by which Canadians served other, more developed countries—have instead held Canada steady through a global economic crisis and maintained an industrial core.
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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.
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Canada's economy is increasingly reliant on construction: what is fuelling this, and what challenges and opportunities does this pose for Canadian policy makers?
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Expanding on the findings made in Working Mobile
, Ray Pennings further illuminates the labour situation in Canada's construction Industry by surveying local workers.
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A comprehensive investigative research report that gives the construction industry a better understanding of the various factors relating to worker mobility in the large industrial and civil engineering sectors of the industry. Using a survey of mobile workers, the study analyzes results, and offers recommendations based on the survey findings.
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