CCPA Policy Note

How to create good jobs in BC

November 20th, 2014 · · Economy

Five years have passed after the end of the Great Recession but both BC and Canada as a whole are very far away from a meaningful recovery in the labour market. Headline unemployment rates are not terrible (6.1% in BC and 6.8% in Canada) but fewer people are looking for work and part-time positions are […]

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How the Pie is Sliced in BC

November 19th, 2014 · · Poverty, inequality & welfare

It’s an interesting finding, and perhaps the start of a good trend: the share of income going to Canada’s top 1% has declined (Statscan release here, Globe story here). One great thing Statscan has done in recent years is to make its data freely available, so I went to dig deeper on national, BC and […]

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Child care unaffordability in Canada’s cities and what to do about it

November 10th, 2014 · · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Women

A new report from the CCPA takes a closer look at child care fees in Canada’s biggest 22 cities and shows just how unaffordable child care has become everywhere outside of Quebec, the only province in Canada with universal subsidized child care. It’s hardly news that child care is expensive. Indeed, it is pricier than […]

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Time for a Different Approach

November 8th, 2014 · · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

It may be the heat here in Baja, and certainly the tequila could be taking its toll on clear, or at least correct thinking, but it seems to me that there is a better policy answer to Kinder Morgan than outright rejection of its pipeline and terminal expansion proposal, and a far better policy approach […]

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New BC Auditor General report finds public private partnerships double the cost of borrowing

October 30th, 2014 · · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

British Columbia’s new Auditor General, Carol Bellringer, published her annual report on government’s 2013-14 summary financial statements today and it contains some pretty interesting highlights. First of all, and for the first time, the AG has published a comparison of how much it costs the government to undertake projects on its own compared to using […]

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What is the “right amount” for local governments to spend?

October 23rd, 2014 · · Municipalities, Taxes, Transparency & accountability

Just how much money should a local government spend? If you ask the Fraser Institute, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) or the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) you will always get the same answer: they should spend less.  Oddly, taxpayers sometimes disagree. The Fraser Institute produced a report this week titled Comparing Municipal Government […]

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A BC framework for LNG, part two: the LNG income tax

October 21st, 2014 · · Energy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Well, we saw this coming but it’s still sobering to see it in black and white. The BC government’s decision to cut its proposed LNG Income Tax in half (from 7% to 3.5%) is simply a cave in to industry. It’s massive giveaway of a public resource to global corporations by a desperate government who put […]

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A BC framework for LNG, part one: the carbon benchmark

October 21st, 2014 · · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The BC government’s proposed carbon pollution benchmarks for LNG plants leave much to be desired. The package is an impressive display of cognitive dissonance: thanks to BC’s inconvenient law, the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, along with its carbon tax, the BC government has cultivated a reputation for being a climate action leader; there’s even […]

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Solidarity and Persistence in the Welfare Food Challenge

October 21st, 2014 · · Economy, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare

My clinical, community, and research work revolves around the relationship between poverty and health. I am privileged to hear the stories of patients who are struggling. I get it, I think to myself, and I’m committed to making a change. Do I need to do the welfare food challenge to help me do this? Probably […]

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Let’s Not Go There Again

October 17th, 2014 · · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

You would think that the fiasco of the government forcing BC Hydro in recent years to buy run-of-river and other IPP supply that it didn’t need, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, would have put that unfortunate policy on the back burner for a long time. Not so. Clean Energy […]

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