CCPA Policy Note

Legislative changes likely to reduce further the independence of the Auditor General for Local Government

June 29th, 2015 · · Democracy and participation, Municipalities

Earlier this month British Columbians saw one more chapter unfold in the ongoing saga of the Auditor General for Local Government.  The provincial government released the report on the AGLG’s office by a former Deputy Minister Chris Trumpy. Trumpy and his report had been the source of earlier controversy which cost the first AGLG, Basia […]

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Energy and climate in the Harper decade

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

The costs of climate change are piling up, and can no longer be ignored. 2015 is poised to be a landmark year, with a new global treaty on climate to be signed in Paris. In contrast, the Harper decade succeeded in stalling any meaningful climate action. The PM’s record is not just of neglect, but […]

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Evidence is in: privately funded health care doesn’t reduce wait times

June 14th, 2015 · · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

Current public dialogue is full of questions about what kind of innovation or “revamping” the health system needs. In this context, as a physician, I am compelled to apply principles of evidence-based practice to the public vs. private debate: Will Brian Day’s plan to expand privately funded health care in BC shorten wait lists and […]

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#BoycottTims? It’s about time.

June 9th, 2015 · · Economy, Employment & labour, Human rights, Immigrants & refugees, Law & legal issues

Twitter was raging against Tim Hortons last Thursday. According to the Ottawa Sun, for much of the day the hottest trending topic in Canada was #BoycottTims. It’s about time, I thought to myself, these allegations have been in the news for at least a couple of years. Back in 2013, a group of Tims employees […]

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What California’s Drought Means for BC: Putting Our Coast into Perspective

June 3rd, 2015 · · Agriculture, Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

Below is a guest post from Erin Daly, a graduate student in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Erin is doing a practicum at CCPA-BC and has primarily been supporting the Conversation on Climate Justice. What California’s Drought Means for BC: Putting Our Coast into Perspective Erin Daly As a province that imports half of its […]

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Climate Justice and the Good Life, for Everyone

June 2nd, 2015 · · Climate change, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In our Climate Justice Project, our research has stressed structural changes and collective action to lower carbon footprints rather than individual behavioural change. The ability of many actors to respond to incentives like a carbon tax is constrained by their circumstances. Suburban households often have no realistic option but to keep driving. Renters have little agency over […]

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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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