Precarious Employment in Canada: An Overview

(Disponible en français : Emploi précaire au Canada : un survol de la situation) What is precarious employment? Simply put, precarious employment is a “bad job”. However, problems arise when we try to define and measure more precisely the characteristics that constitute a “bad job”. According to the International Labour Organization, precarious employment refers to…

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Economic Indicators: A Graphical Look at Canada’s Economy

(Disponible en français : Indicateurs économiques : une vision graphique de l’économie canadienne) Like other nations, Canada and its economy are ever-changing. In part, these changes can be assessed by examining what are sometimes characterized as key economic indicators. In chart form, this HillNote uses the most recent annual or monthly data, as appropriate, to…

Gergana Krumova, a laboratory technician in a microbiological laboratory at the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, works to isolate Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria strain in Sofia June 9, 2011. The European Union on Wednesday upped compensation to 210 million euros from 150 million for farmers hit by plummeting sales, after Germany first blamed cucumbers from Spain and other salad vegetables, and then German bean sprouts. Bulgaria has not registered cases of infections from the strain of Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacteria that has killed 27 people in Europe. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE HEALTH SOCIETY SCI TECH)

Patented Drug Pricing in Canada

(Disponible en français : Le prix des médicaments brevetés au Canada) Drug pricing in Canada is an area of shared jurisdiction among federal, provincial and territorial governments. The price of every patented drug, both prescription and non-prescription, sold in Canada is regulated federally through the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB). The PMPRB was established…

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21st Century Trade Agreements: From NAFTA to the TPP

(Disponible en français : Accords commerciaux du 21e siècle : de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain au partenariat transpacifique) Given the size of its economy and relatively small population, Canada places considerable importance on international trade. It is not surprising that Canada has been negotiating bilateral and regional trade agreements in recent years, especially since members…