CCPA Policy Note

How to make the Metro Vancouver living wage work for single parents

April 27th, 2016 · · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The living wage is designed to reflect the real costs of raising a family in a particular community. It’s based on a two-parent families with young children because most Canadian children live in two-parent families, but the goal is for the living wage to also meet the needs of different types of families throughout their life cycle, including single-parent families. […]

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Time to rethink BC’s surgical waitlist strategy

April 26th, 2016 · · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

By Andrew Longhurst, Marcy Cohen and Dr. Margaret McGregor Have you had to wait months for surgical consultation, let alone the surgery itself? If so, you’re not alone. British Columbians are waiting an unacceptable amount of time to receive the care they need. Since 2010, surgical wait times have increased significantly for key procedures, including […]

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Pipelines vs Paris: Canada’s climate conundrum

April 21st, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The push for new pipelines to bring Alberta bitumen to “tidewater” is on, even as the ink is barely dry on the Paris Agreement, and its call to action on climate change. Alberta Premier Notley argues that “We’re not making a choice between the environment and the economy. We are building the economy.” For his part, Prime Minister […]

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In Edinburgh, the public private partnership walls are falling. Seriously. Walls are falling.

April 20th, 2016 · · Education, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

If 17 schools were closed in Vancouver, or Edmonton or Regina, because parts of them were at risk of falling down and injuring children, do you think it might raise some questions about the way the schools were built? That is exactly what is happening in Edinburgh, Scotland. It all began in January 2016 when […]

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A carbon tax comes to Alberta

April 19th, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

Alberta’s 2016 Budget presents its plan to price carbon, in two parts: a new Carbon Levy applied to transportation and heating fuel, at $20 per tonne of CO2 (4.5 cents per litre at the pump) starting January 2017, rising to $30 (6.7 cents per litre) in 2018; and, changes to the  Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) framework […]

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What the new federal budget means for BC

March 23rd, 2016 · · Economy, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

At first glance, BC appears somewhat isolated from the economic challenges the rest of Canada is facing but there are a number of worrying signs. Nearly half of British Columbians see the economic conditions in BC as “poor” or “very poor.” The economy may be growing but prosperity is not broadly shared. Despite decent economic growth, poverty remains […]

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The unintended consequences of massive hydro rate increases

March 22nd, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Provincial budget & finance

The Province newspaper recently published an op-ed of mine that looked at one of the unintended consequences of our provincial government’s fixation on building the exceedingly expensive Site C hydroelectric dam. Even though actual construction of the dam has yet to begin, BC Hydro customers are already paying far more for electricity than they were just a […]

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Create BC jobs by investing in desperately needed services

March 16th, 2016 · · Provincial budget & finance

A few months ago, economist and CCPA research associate Jim Stanford gave a talk in Vancouver based on his newest book, Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism. Of the many important insights that he discussed, perhaps the most significant concerned a problem that has afflicted British Columbia and most other […]

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BC government’s spin cycle on LNG

March 15th, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

Last year, we made freedom of information requests to the BC government about two CCPA-BC studies: A Clear Look at LNG by David Hughes (released May 26) and LNG and Employment in BC by myself (released July 28). Both reports poke holes in extravagant claims being made by the BC government about natural gas supplies, environmental impacts, and economic benefits of […]

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From Paris to Vancouver: What happened at the First Ministers meeting on climate

March 4th, 2016 · · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Almost three months after the Paris Agreement was signed, Canada’s first ministers (the PM and premiers) met to launch a Canadian climate and energy strategy. Sort of. That was what was promised at the time of the December Paris conference, but in the lead-up to this week’s meeting efforts to lower expectations were well underway. […]

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