Tax Cuts and Other Myths

Ontario’s Legislature returns to business on September 24th and the province’s wealthiest individuals and corporations are starting to lick their chops waiting for yet another big tax cut. They’re also looking forward to the evisceration of recently won gains for working people.
Premier Ford is about to take another yellowing page or two out of the Donald Trump playbook. The Conservatives have pledged to cut corporate tax rates from 11.5 per cent to 10.5 per cent. As well, the government has said it will cut taxes for the so-called little guy. Of course, that depends on how you define the “little guy.”
But it’s not all it seems. Sheila Block, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, has calculated that somebody making between $39,000 and $49,000 will save a whopping $18 annually. Compare that to someone making who is making more than $109,000 who will come out more than $1,168 ahead.
The theory that tax cuts create a new-found wealth that will somehow trickle down to the rest of society is an old one that’s never been proven correct.  It is not the only theory that allows economic inequity to exist but it is one with an amazing shelf life that defies reality.
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IMPORTANT General Membership Meeting

Hey folks!

After a great afternoon with community and friends at Memorial Park on Labour Day, We Are Oshawa is looking to build on that energy as we redefine who we are in this great city, and plan what comes next for our organization.

Over the years, we've had considerable successes in mobilizing the community to join our fight - to keep door-to-door postal delivery, to have universal and accessible childcare, and to increase the minimum wage and employment standards for all Ontarians. And as we continue the fight for $15 and Fairness, we must always keep one eye on the future.

We are at an exciting time of renewal in our organization. We hope to recommit to empowering and mobilizing the residents of Oshawa to become active agents for social change in our community. But as many organizations step forward to also do this work, it is important for us to redefine our role and place in the community. It's time to refocus our efforts, to expand our reach, to communicate more widely, to have an even greater impact!

We cannot do that alone. We need thinkers, and doers! We need people with energy, and ideas. We need you!

Please come to this important general meeting where we will discuss the direction of our organization, as well as elect 2 new Board members to join in this important work. Bring a friend!

WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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WAO at the Labour Day Picnic

A great day at the Labour Day Picnic! Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

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We’re currently taking some time to review our purpose to better define our place in the community.

We want to build our capacity and community engagement to make us more effective in helping Oshawa to become a progressive and compassionate city. And we need to hear from you!

We'd appreciate you taking five minutes to complete the survey in the link below:

(If you received this by email, the links to the survey are the same.)

Thanks for the feedback! We'll be in touch soon.

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Fraser Institute - Wrong Again!

GIVEN the latest Statistics Canada report on booming employment numbers in Ontario since the introduction of the $14 minimum wage, I’m eagerly awaiting the announcement of the big winner of the Fraser Institute’s student essay contest.

When it was announced this past January, it was all made to sound like a civic-minded gesture. Fifteen hundred bucks to the winning kid.

But not content to let facts speak for themselves, as usual with all things Fraser, it set out to fix the game. The topic for these student essays? “Increasing the Minimum Wage: Good Intentions, Bad Policy?”

Before sending the students on their way, the institute wanted them to understand what it would take to win. It demanded that contestants accept a couple of premises. First it claimed, “Proponents of a higher minimum wage tout that such increase will be an effective tool for helping those in poverty.

“But a recent study by the Fraser Institute found that 88 per cent of minimum wage earners in Canada do not actually live in low-income households.”

If that isn’t enough to assure a biased finding, there was more. The institute went on to state, “Beyond the misperception that the majority of the benefits from an increase in the minimum wage would go to low-income earners and the most vulnerable, raising the minimum wage has been shown to lead to reductions in employment, particularly for young people and immigrants.”

Both statements have been proven repeatedly to be flat wrong.

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Death of Basic Income a Sign of Things to Come

WE SHOULD have seen it coming when one of the first acts of the new Ford government was to fire the provincial science officer.

This rejection of science, the systematic study of the physical and natural world, puts an exclamation mark on this government’s clear intention to reject any fact-based decision-making.

Instead what we will be experiencing is government by ideology. It’s the same unsupported core beliefs that keep justifying massive tax relief to the wealthiest in society while punishing those less able to fend for themselves.

Clearly Doug Ford’s definition of the little guy doesn’t mean people who are actually struggling.

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Doug Ford: friend or foe?


Doug Ford has been elected Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives with a promise to make life better for ordinary people. He has made a career out of attacking out-of-touch elites who run the government for the benefit of insiders and their cronies.

We agree with Doug Ford – life has gotten worse for working class people while those at the top have made out like bandits. The question is: will Doug Ford’s policies make life better for us?

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We Are Oshawa Stands with College Faculty


We Are Oshawa supports college faculty on strike at Durham College and across Ontario. We are inviting you to join us on the picket line at Durham College (North Campus) on Thursday, November 9 between 12PM and 4PM. We are also asking for volunteers to help distribute a hot lunch to workers on the picket line.

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We Are Oshawa Blasts Changing Workplaces Review Recommendations



Workers in Ontario have long-awaited the release of the Changing Workplaces Review recommendations and today we got our first look at what the panel is recommending to the government. While there are some positive recommendations in the report, the proposed reforms fail to deliver justice in the workplace for Ontario’s working class.

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We Are Oshawa Hosts Fairness Forum for Decent Work


In the spring of 2016, members of We Are Oshawa voted to join with workers, students, and activists across Ontario to Fight for $15 and Fairness. In Oshawa, we have watched as our local economy has shed thousands of good, full time unionized jobs which have been replaced by low-wage, precarious work. In fact, one of the fastest growing sectors of our local economy is the service industry where workers young and older alike are treated unfairly in the workplace and are paid poverty wages. 

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