CCPA Policy Note

Site C’s biggest beneficiary? Natural gas companies, not us.

February 5th, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Transparency & accountability

This post originally appeared on DeSmog Canada. On January 20, BC Hydro issued a press release singing the praises of a new hydro transmission line not far from where preliminary work has begun to build the $9-billion Site C dam. The release, headlined “New transmission line to power development in the south Peace”, featuring boosterish […]

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How Canada’s WTO “victory” on food labelling undermines BC’s local food efforts

February 3rd, 2016 · · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

In December Canada once again made international headlines by defeating the Americans at the World Trade Organization, and, paradoxically, made it harder to promote and protect British Columbia’s agrifood sector.  After a seven-year dispute, the United States was forced to repeal legislation requiring country of origin labelling (COOL) for muscle cuts of beef and pork. The […]

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Honouring Dr Kerry Preibisch

February 2nd, 2016 · · Employment & labour, Women

Guest post by Janet McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Health Studies; Research Associate, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University I am writing to honour the legacy of Dr Kerry Preibisch, a much loved University of Guelph professor who passed away on January 28th after a very courageous journey with cancer. Kerry was a mentor to me and […]

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Yes, let’s lower the voting age in Canada.

January 31st, 2016 · · Children & youth, Democracy

I was very pleased to see that MP Don Davies introduced a private member’s bill this past week calling for the voting age to be lowered to age 16. I know private member’s bills usually never make it, but this one is well worth other MPs’ backing. I’ve long been of the view that youth […]

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Refugees are bringing new attention to the gaps in our social safety net

January 27th, 2016 · · Immigrants & refugees, Poverty, inequality & welfare

As we welcome refugees in larger numbers this year, the spotlight is turned on our disintegrating social infrastructure. For example, Government Assisted Refugees (GAR) receive a monthly allowance equivalent to the provincial social assistance rates. A family of two adults and two children receives a maximum monthly shelter allowance of $700; families with four children […]

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What’s wrong with a revenue neutral carbon tax?

January 22nd, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Taxes

The political appeal of a revenue neutral carbon tax is clear. The tax provides an incentive to reduce fossil fuel use, and the revenue neutrality — reducing income or other taxes in amounts more or less equal to the amount of carbon tax revenues that the government receives — makes the whole exercise rather painless. […]

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Changes to FOI law a chance for the BC legislature to improve trust in government

January 19th, 2016 · · Democracy, Transparency & accountability

Every six years the BC legislature reviews the provisions of the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and makes recommendations for changes.  The Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act held hearings on the legislation in the autumn and will be taking further submissions until January […]

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No shortage of compelling ideas for Finance Minister Bill Morneau

January 19th, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Economy

New federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has invited Canadians to submit their ideas and priorities for the next Federal Budget. People are welcome to share their suggestions via email, a survey and social media on a site the government has created here. The finance minister says, “I am embarking on an intensive cross-Canada conversation with […]

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Province’s bump in home owner grant threshold is not the good deal suggested, especially for Metro Vancouver home owners

January 6th, 2016 · · Municipalities, Taxes

This week British Columbia’s provincial Finance Minister announced a $100,000 (9.1%) increase in the threshold for the province’s homeowner grant raising it to $1.2 million. There is more to this story than has been reported in the press release or the media. What looks like “tax relief” to homeowners has actually in recent years been […]

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Admitting a post-Paris truth: BC’s LNG pipe dream is over

December 28th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Since the signing of the new climate treaty in Paris earlier this month, there’s been plenty of debate as to whether the new global agreement is a turning point or merely more hollow promises. The answer, as the CCPA’s Marc Lee has written, will be revealed in how governments and markets react. In particular, the […]

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