For this final episode of Women, Work, More, host Alyha Bardi speaks with Sheila Block, a senior economist from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, and Jo-Ann Hannah, retired Director of the Pensions and Benefits at Unifor, and board member at the BC Financial Services Authority. Sheila and Jo-Ann speak in conversation about retirement incomes with a gender and racial equity lens, and explore how pay gaps and gendered life-patterns influence income security for senior women. They speak to the flaws in existing public and private pension systems, discuss the benefits and downfalls of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and explore solutions in the realms of structural changes, public services and healthcare, and pooled retirement pensions systems. Throughout the episode we hear from four senior women, as they speak about their life-work trajectories, and the resulting money struggles, worries, or "lucks" they have now — while expressing dissatisfaction with lacking assistance from government systems.
Sheila Block is a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Sheila's research focuses on Canada's labour markets, public finance, and inequality. She has worked as both a political advisor and a public servant in the Ontario government and as an economist in the labour movement. Sheila has an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.Jo-Ann Hannah is currently on the board of directors on the BC Financial Services Authority, which regulates pensions, credit unions, mortgage brokers, and trust companies. In 2016, Jo-Ann retired as Director of the Pensions and Benefits Department at Unifor, one of Canada's largest private sector unions. She worked with Unifor for over 25 years and bargained with many of Canada's major corporations: CN Rail, Air Canada, Rio Tinto Alcan. She was invited to speak on pension issues in Canada as well as Europe and the United States. She also represented the union in international work in various countries including Swaziland, Bolivia, and South Africa. Her education includes an MA (Psychology, UBC), LLM (Osgoode Hall Law School), and PhD (Education, University of Toronto). Resources: — Sheila's Twitter: twitter.com/SheilaBlockTO— Colour Coded Retirement: www.policyalternatives.ca/ColourCodedRetirement— Sheila's Other Reports & Commentaries: www.policyalternatives.ca/authors/sheila-block— Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Toronto: twitter.com/SheilaBlockTO— BC Financial Services Authority: www.bcfsa.ca/about-us
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