CCPA Policy Note

David Hughes responds to BC government and LNG industry

May 28th, 2015 · · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Our recent report by David Hughes, A Clear Look at BC LNG, prompted dismissive comments from the BC government and the LNG industry. They argue that David’s numbers about energy security are wrong, and theirs are right. We asked David to respond: Response to Rich Coleman and the BC LNG Alliance criticism of my “Clear Look […]

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A Clear Look at BC LNG

May 26th, 2015 · · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Today we released a major new report, A Clear Look at BC LNG: Energy Security, Environmental Implications and Economic Potential, by geoscientist David Hughes. The report considers the ambition of the LNG enterprise as envisioned by the BC government, and delivers the first assessment of the cumulative impacts on LNG development, and in particular the huge […]

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Economic Development and the Environment

May 9th, 2015 · · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

The biggest challenge facing the new NDP government in Alberta, and an NDP government in British Columbia should one be elected in 2017, is finding the right balance between economic development and environmental objectives. There are some who suggest that there is no conflict — there can be jobs and environmental policies effectively prohibiting certain […]

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BC’s Carbon Emissions on the Rise

May 8th, 2015 · · Climate change, Energy

It was a good story while it lasted. Over the past few years, the BC government and many in the policy community have spun a tale about the remarkable success of BC’s climate action policies, with a big spotlight on the carbon tax as a driver of lower emissions while BC’s economy outperformed the rest […]

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Why the Metro Vancouver living wage is not enough for single parents and how to fix it

April 29th, 2015 · · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes, Women

The living wage calculation is based on the needs of two-parent families with young children, but the idea behind it is that this wage would also support different types of families throughout the life cycle so that young adults are not discouraged from having children and older workers have some extra income as they age. In […]

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Doubling contribution limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts exposes true intent of a bad policy

April 15th, 2015 · · Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last week, federal finance minister Joe Oliver re-affirmed that his government seeks to double the annual limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), from $5,500 to $11,000. This is a terrible idea. When the TFSA was first introduced, the claim at the time was that the policy was intended to support modest income people wanting to […]

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Balanced Budget Legislation – another zombie policy returns from the dead

April 11th, 2015 · · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Ah, here we go again – when seeking to assert credibility as sound fiscal managers, governments reach for the tired gimmick of “balanced budget legislation” (BBL). It’s not about good economics. Nor about good public policy. Just crass politics. And now the federal government is once again dangling this useless policy ploy. The CCPA-BC was […]

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A Conversation on Climate Justice

April 9th, 2015 · · Climate change, Democracy and participation, Education

In February and March, the Climate Justice Project hosted This Changes BC: A Conversation on Climate Justice. Over four Saturdays, a group of 34 citizens from Metro Vancouver gathered to talk about what climate solutions could look like in their lives and our province. Having worked on these issues for many years now, we had a […]

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Parents want to reduce their car use, so let’s invest in transit, walking and cycling infrastructure

April 2nd, 2015 · · Children & youth, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

There’s a popular belief that parents chauffeur their young children everywhere. And certainly parents have many reasons for preferring cars over other modes of transportation: Children get easily tired. Parents need to pack things like food, diapers, etc. Parents want to keep their children comfortable and safe. Parents have busy and complicated schedules and taking […]

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Discussing “Just Transition” with Karen Cooling

March 30th, 2015 · · Climate change, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

In late January, we at the CCPA came out with a paper about “just transition”—an approach that aims to minimize the impact of environmental policies on workers and communities in affected industries—for resource workers. Drawing on extensive interviews with workers in several resource industries, our report informs a strategy to ensure climate action doesn’t worsen […]

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