• The Case for Free Public Transit: Just Mobility and Urban Planning

    Toronto launch of a unique book, Free Public Transit – And Why We Don’t Pay to Ride Elevators. The launch featured a discussion about the promises, challenges and social underpinnings of free public transit. Watch video »

  • Austerity and University Education with Alan Sears and Jessica Ireland

    Episode 1: University education in Canada is becoming increasingly necessary and, at the same time, increasingly difficult to access. We look at the recent trends in higher education to try to understand what’s happening. This episode features interviews with Alan Sears, who teaches in the Sociology Department at Ryerson University, and Jessica Ireland, an undergraduate … Listen to audio »

  • Who’s Afraid of Fare-Free Public Transit?

    Elizabeth Bauerle is a research scientist at the University of Washington’s medical center. To get from her home in the north Seattle suburb of Shoreline to her job on the Seattle campus, she can either drive or take two buses. Like all of us, Bauerle weighs cost, convenience and personal values in deciding how she’ll … Keep reading »

  • Punitive Austerity: Ford, the Tories and the Coming Cuts

    Many Ontarians are captured by the idea of getting the same or more services for less money. But few know what the numbers might actually mean. Since Doug Ford [Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario] did not release a clear platform, Ontarians know more about how much a beer may cost if the … Keep reading »

  • Kinder-Morgan Fiasco: The Cat Is Out of the Bag at the CPPIB

    In the weeks and months ahead, there will be many political casualties of the Liberal government’s crisis surrounding the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The first of these, however, was the carefully-crafted illusion that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s (CPPIB) investment decisions are free from political influence. Over two decades, the Board had … Keep reading »

  • Rebuild Public Hospitals and Long-Term Care

    After touring Ontario in recent weeks, Ontario Health Coalition spokeswoman Natalie Mehra returned to Toronto on 16 May 2018 at a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital to talk about the crisis in access to healthcare. Noting that the Coalition’s mandate is to protect public healthcare in the public interest, she … Watch video »

  • Local Roads to Austerity: Neoliberal Urbanism in Canada

    The ‘urban question’, as it came to be called in the 1970s, is now a central focus of academic study, state planning and political struggle alike. Keep reading »

  • Free and Accessible Transit Now

    Toward A Red-Green Vision for Toronto Transit is a critical issue for many people in Toronto, as in all major urban areas. More is at stake than reducing traffic congestion and gridlock. Transit and general mobility are intimately related to larger issues in capitalist society: how goods and services are produced and delivered; the location of … Keep reading »

  • Jason Prince – Free Public Transport

    The Montreal book launch of Free Public Transit: And Why We Don’t Pay to Ride Elevators. With co-editor Jason Prince, Bertrand Schepper, and Amir Khadir. Watch video »

  • Off the Map: Disabilities and Just Mobility

    In rankings of the U.S.’s best urban public transportation systems, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, and New York usually hover at the top. At the bottom are smaller and poorer cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Omaha, and Oklahoma City. The overall takeaway is no surprise: well-resourced cities have better public transit systems than their more economically … Keep reading »

  • A New Strategy for Higher Education

    In the British Labour Party’s 2017 election manifesto, the pledges to abolish university tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants were widely seen as vote winners, but that was the extent of the party’s policy commitments toward the sector. Since the election, Labour has supported staff and students in challenging the yawning gap between highly-paid vice-chancellors … Keep reading »

  • Keeping Power With the People: Puerto Rico’s Energy Future

    Puerto Rico is now at the center of the global debate about climate resiliency, the potential of renewable energy technologies, and the best way to transition away from fossil fuels. To some extent, it has compressed the struggle for the world’s energy future both geographically and temporally. The whole system was shut down by an … Keep reading »