Publications, opinions, and speeches

Maytree publishes reports, backgrounders, briefs, opinions, and speeches to help inform decision-making and to engage in public discussions on social policy issues.

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Opinion

Published on 30/08/2021

The Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee failed to implement human rights principles in its process. It must do better with the content of its recommendations. The committee should focus on the government’s duty to protect all workers, including gig workers.

This Maytree opinion is part of our series, “A life with dignity: Towards economic and social rights for all.” Each month, we will explore how our collective choices are bringing us closer to – or keeping us from – what we need for every person in Canada to live with dignity. While most of us […]

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Speech

Published on 25/08/2021

Ontario’s Basic Income experiment is now over. But there are still critical lessons to be learned about how to set up a Basic Income experiment.

This presentation was recorded for the Basic Income Earth Network World Congress 2021 in Glasgow. In his presentation, Michael Mendelson summarizes his 2019 paper, Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot. In 2017 the Ontario Basic Income Pilot began making its first benefit payments. The Ontario Basic Income Pilot was the first full-scale Basic Income experiment […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 18/08/2021

Calls are growing more urgent for public sector organizations to systematically collect, analyze, and report race-based data to better understand and address issues in policing, court decisions, and incarceration experiences in Canada.

This article by Dr. Mai Phan is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. Over the past year, Canadian law enforcement has begun to engage with Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities over concerns regarding unfair treatment, systemic racial bias, and over-representation in the […]

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Submission

Published on 30/07/2021

Six recommendations for the federal government to consider to help ensure everyone in Canada has a place to call home.

Download the submission Housing is a human right. In Canada, this is enshrined in the National Housing Strategy Act, 2019. To realize this right, we need to pursue systemic solutions that can help ensure that everyone has safe, secure, affordable, and adequate housing. Maytree convenes the Housing Policy Research Exchange (HPRE)—a group of housing policy […]

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Opinion

Published on 28/07/2021

Cities have the power and potential to impact people’s lives. We must imagine, and plan for, a city that supports every person’s dignity and human rights.

This Maytree opinion is part of our series, “A life with dignity: Towards economic and social rights for all.” Each month, we will explore how our collective choices are bringing us closer to – or keeping us from – what we need for every person in Canada to live with dignity. Lately, I’ve been thinking […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 21/07/2021

This interview explores the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system, in particular how racism and colonialism have contributed to the social and economic inequalities and discrimination experienced by Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities in Canada, and in turn shaped their interactions with the criminal justice system.

This interview with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah is part of our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. Listen to the full interview as a podcast: Elizabeth McIsaac, President of Maytree: To begin our series on human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system in Canada, I’m […]

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Series: Advancing justice

Published on 21/07/2021

The criminal justice system – from police to courts to prisons – is intricately tied to our economic and social rights. Failure to fulfill these rights creates poverty, giving rise to and deepening cycles of marginalization and vulnerability. All this, of course, is exacerbated by systemic racism. In “Advancing justice,” researchers and practitioners will explore these issues as well as potential solutions and promising practices.

This article is the introduction to our series, “Advancing justice,” which explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. It’s written by the members of the editorial board. The full breadth of our human rights are at issue in the criminal justice system. Though most commonly associated with civil and […]

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Submission

Published on 28/06/2021

The proposed multi-tenant houses framework and approach is an opportunity to undo some of the harms caused by the City’s approach to housing. The City has an important opportunity to demonstrate that it is resolutely committed to helping residents realize their human right to housing.

Download the submission Submitted to the Planning and Housing Committee regarding agenda item PH25.10, “A New Regulatory Framework for Multi-tenant Houses,” to be considered on June 28, 2021. At Maytree, we believe the most enduring way to fix the systems that create poverty is to safeguard economic and social human rights for all people living […]

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Opinion

Published on 28/06/2021

Many people ask: Should encampments be allowed to remain, or should they be removed? But the question should really be: What do the people living in encampments think?

This Maytree opinion is part of our series, “A life with dignity: Towards economic and social rights for all.” Each month, we will explore how our collective choices are bringing us closer to – or keeping us from – what we need for every person in Canada to live with dignity. Don’t let the impersonal, […]

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