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Iglika Ivanova’s Blog Posts

Iglika Ivanova is the Public Interest Researcher at the CCPA’s BC Office. Her work investigates issues and trends in health care, education and social programs, and examines the impact of public services on quality of life. She also looks into issues of government finance, taxation and privatization and how they relate to the accessibility and quality of public services. Iglika’s other research interests focus on the Canadian labour market and in particular trends in income inequality, low wage work and the integration of immigrants.

5 signs the BC economy is weak and what this means for Budget 2016

November 25th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on 5 signs the BC economy is weak and what this means for Budget 2016 · Economy, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday, the provincial government released its 2015/16 Second Quarterly Report: an update on where provincial finances are at six months into the fiscal year and where the economy is heading. The news is not very good. 

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Why are so many people needing food banks when the BC economy is growing?

November 17th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Why are so many people needing food banks when the BC economy is growing? · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week, Statistics Canada released new data showing the BC economy did better than expected in 2014, growing by 3.2% in real terms. This is a strong economic performance, the fastest on record since the recession ended.  The new growth numbers were published just as the annual Welfare Food Challenge organized by Raise the Rates captured headlines […]

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Can the federal parties’ child care proposals pay for the $10 a Day Plan?

October 14th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Can the federal parties’ child care proposals pay for the $10 a Day Plan? · Children & youth, Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Women

By Lynell Anderson and Iglika Ivanova We’ve been glad to see child care emerge as a key issue in this federal election, with three major parties (Greens, Liberals and NDP) vying to tackle the problems with the status quo: inadequate spaces, unaffordability and inconsistent quality. We analyzed the party platforms on child care in more […]

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Child care and the federal election: where have the parties landed?

October 9th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Women

By Lynell Anderson and Iglika Ivanova Canada is one of the few advanced countries that doesn’t yet have a national child care system. We invest less in early childhood programs than any of our peer countries and fall far short of meeting the minimum public investment benchmarks recommended by UNICEF and the OECD. There’s no […]

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

September 4th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 2 Comments · 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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3 worrisome facts about Canada’s economy beyond the drop in GDP

September 1st, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 6 Comments · Economy, Election commentary, Environment, resources & sustainability

The much anticipated quarterly GDP numbers are out, and StatsCan confirmed what 79% of Canadians already felt to be the case — Canada’s economy is in decline. A drop in economic activity of 0.1% in the second quarter of 2015 officially tipped Canada in recession territory (after a drop of 0.2% in the first quarter). The […]

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The problem with the Fraser Institute’s consumer tax index

August 27th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Every summer, the Fraser Institute releases a report pointing out the average family now spends more on taxes than food, clothing and shelter. But is it really a bad thing that as our economy grows we spend less of our income on basic survival and more on better education, better health, parks, environmental protection and […]

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Best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada: how is BC doing?

July 15th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada: how is BC doing? · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Women

The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman In Canada 2015 ranks Canada’s 25 biggest cities based on the gaps in how men and women are faring in five key areas: economic security (as measured by gender gaps in employment, pay and the likelihood of living in poverty); education; health; representation in municipal governments and […]

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$10 a day child care: smart public policy whose time has come

July 14th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on $10 a day child care: smart public policy whose time has come · Children & youth, Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes, Women

Imagine if the BC government put as much energy and effort into solving BC’s child care crisis as it does in promoting LNG. This week, our Premier recalled the legislature from its regular summer break to pass special laws paving the way for one potential LNG project (more about why this is a bad deal here and here). What if […]

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

April 29th, 2015 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Why the Metro Vancouver living wage is not enough for single parents and how to fix it · 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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