CCPA Policy Note

Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: lessons for the next federal government

October 6th, 2015 · · Climate change, Federal election 2015

Congratulations to the Pembina Institute on a poll they conducted with EKOS Research, assessing support for climate action among Albertans. The results are fascinating and hopeful. You can find the full results here, and a good postmedia summary here. But a few highlights: A large majority of respondents (70%) support investing in renewable energy sources […]

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Closing small business tax loopholes

October 2nd, 2015 · · Federal election 2015, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

The NDP, Liberals, Conservatives and Greens are now all proposing to cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% (albeit on slightly differing timelines), an unnecessary and unwise policy, as outlined in previous CCPA posts. It may make for good politics, but it’s a policy with no economic merit. It’s not all bad […]

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What’s Wrong with Site C

October 1st, 2015 · · Energy

In a #SiteC tweet no doubt designed to complement an unabashedly political debate taking place in the legislature this week, the Liberal caucus stated that Site C is the most reviewed project in BC’s history, it will create 10,000 jobs and will provide affordable, reliable clean power. The tweet is partially true. The problem though […]

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Fraser Institute vastly overstates impact of regulatory delays in developing a BC LNG industry

September 22nd, 2015 · · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Today’s report from the Fraser Institute, LNG Exports from British Columbia: The Cost of Regulatory Delay, states that “revenue losses from regulatory delays imposed upon the BC LNG export market would be on the order of $17–23 billion (US) per year.” This, they say, is equivalent to 9.5% of 2014 BC GDP. A closer examination […]

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Some strengths and weaknesses in the Green Party platform

September 18th, 2015 · · Climate change, Federal election 2015, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

My recent post comparing the NDP and Liberal election positions to date drew some criticism for leaving out the Green Party. So hoping to rectify that with this post on what I see as some strengths and weaknesses of the Green plan. On Sept. 9, The Green Party became the first of the major parties […]

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Leaping into a new carbon-free economy

September 17th, 2015 · · Climate change, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Federal election 2015

Tuesday Sept. 15 saw the release of an exciting new document – The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another. In essence, the manifesto is a positive vision for Canada. It calls upon the next government to move Canada off fossil fuels quickly, insisting that baby […]

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Who’s not coming to school this September?

September 8th, 2015 · · Democracy and participation, Economy, Education, Employment & labour

Today is the first day of school and newspapers, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages are filled with photos of backpack-carrying children and well wishes from their community for a new school year. This celebration speaks to the importance we all place on learning, and on our collective effort to educate our children. It’s one of the most important […]

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One year after the BC teachers’ strike, what’s happening for kids with special needs?

September 7th, 2015 · · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

by Seth Klein and Tyson Schoeber It’s been a year since the longest strike in the history of BC’s public school system. A key outcome of that dispute was increased understanding of the phrase “class size and composition.” During the strike, the public came to appreciate that teachers were fighting not just for better wages, […]

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BC employment holds steady in August but anemic private sector hiring is a sign of economic weakness

September 4th, 2015 · · Economy, Employment & labour

Canada is officially in a recession and while BC is expected to sail through it relatively unscathed, the projected modest GDP growth performance does not seem to be translating into job gains for British Columbians. Statistics Canada’s latest job numbers show BC created 3,100 jobs in August, which represents a gain of one tenth of one percent in […]

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The best of all policies: my wish for the ideal platform

September 2nd, 2015 · · Climate change, Federal election 2015, Poverty, inequality & welfare

I’m often asked which opposition party, with a potential to win the election, has the better platform when it comes to tackling climate change and inequality – the two great inconvenient truths of our time, and the focus of much of our work at CCPA. (I’m leaving out from this comparison the Conservatives, who have thus […]

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