CYNTHIA CRANFORD is a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. She studies inequalities of gender, work and migration, and collective efforts to resist them. She has analyzed this nexus of inequalities and resistance through both in-depth, case studies of precarious migrant workers, like janitors in Los Angeles and temporary agency workers in Toronto, and analyses of insecure labour markets in Canada and the U.S. Her recent research compares the social organization of in-home personal care and support – the bodywork, emotion-work and housework that allows elderly, chronically ill and disabled people to live at home – across different contexts.
The Nova Scotia office of the CCPA opened its doors in 1999 to provide greater balance to public policy in the province, and to show that there are options in public policy, even in a context increasingly determined by the pressures of globalized neoliberalism.
We promote a participatory and accountable approach to public policy development. And we propose policy alternatives that aim to move us closer to achieving a more economically and socially just—as well as environmentally sustainable—province and Atlantic region.
In 2021, we produced five publications covering issues important to Nova Scotians, including the updated Living Wage in NS; the 2021 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia, and the Housing for All report, which brought together 40 plus community researchers, front line supports, and activists to produce 95 recommendations concerning affordable, accessible housing for all in NS. For more information visit: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/nova-scotia/about-us