Category: Public Goods

  • Why Public Transit Should Be Free For All

    Beyond tackling our carbon footprint, we need to open Canadian cities up to everyone. Keep reading »

  • Campaign for Improved and Democratized Transit in Ottawa

    Our ‘New Vision’ involves demands for a significant expansion of ‘Fare Free’ and accessible transit, improved service, and a governance structure that would make transit decisions more accountable to the citizens of Ottawa. Campaign Demands Affordability: We propose that transit should be free to use during off-peak hours (i.e. between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; 6:00 … Keep reading »

  • J31 Fare Strike at Grand Central Station

    Just a few hours before the J31 Fare Strike convened at Grand Central Station, I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor de Blasio as a call-in to the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC. I alerted the Mayor to the fare strike taking place that day, scheduled by various NYC transit advocacy groups in reaction … Keep reading »

  • Travel Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth

    Five Concrete Steps Toward a Climate-Smart and Fair Transport Sector in Stockholm The climate threat is the most fatal problem humanity has ever faced. In 2009, the current Kyoto protocol will be replaced with a new international climate agreement, a process in which the EU must be one of the main drivers. As holder of the … Keep reading »

  • The Traffic Hierarchy

    One is not born a motorist, one becomes one. Mobility and class are deeply entangled. Not only because one’s potential for mobility often has to do with one’s economic position, but also because a society built on today’s mobility paradigm – automobility – directly contributes to growing economic and social differences. A society which puts the … Keep reading »

  • Free Public Transit in Canada?

    In the last year or so, a debate about the merits of free transit (or more accurately, fare-free transit) is making its way into public discourse in Canada. While fare-free transit is a model that has served international cities (many based in Europe or South America) for years, it’s a model that has only recently … Keep reading »

  • Take My Benefits – Please!

    Employment-based healthcare has become an anchor around the neck of the US working class. Keep reading »

  • The Case for Free Public Transit in Toronto

    There are 200 cities around the world with some form of free public transit, and 97 that are completely free. Keep reading »

  • Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage

    The Ontario Health Coalition released a new report developed in partnership with Unifor on the Personal Support Worker (PSW) crisis in Ontario’s long-term care homes. In a press conference at the Ontario Legislature, Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Health Coalition, noted that we chose the word “crisis” carefully. The situation is so extreme that … Keep reading »

  • From Uberization to Enhanced Public Mobility for All

    We have shown that the defense, improvement and expansion of public transport is essential if we are to help control and then reduce transport-related emissions. We have also shown how the current neoliberal policy framework must be rejected in order for public transport is to fulfill its true potential. This applies to both transport policy … Keep reading »

  • The Right to Mobility

    There’s a long way to go, but Labour’s manifesto could mark the first step in ending Britain’s obsession with the private car. Keep reading »

  • Nurses’ Unions, Climate Change and Health

    Toward A Global Agenda for Action Energy and emissions trends provide a crucial backdrop for making use of the information on health impacts presented in this report. In the longer term, unless we collectively act to shift what is happening with energy production, distribution and use, then making meaningful inroads to tackling the health impacts of … Keep reading »