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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.

The dangers of deregulation extend beyond mining disasters

August 22nd, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

The Mount Polley Mine disaster has raised important questions about the risks and costs of deregulation of the mining industry in BC. I spoke about this issue recently on CBC Vancouver’s Early Edition and CBC Kamloops’ Daybreak (if you missed it, there’s audio here, starts around 1:00:48). As a citizen and as a public interest […]

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Mount Polley Mine dam collapse compels us to review resource development regulations

August 20th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 2 Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

At this point, we don’t know exactly what caused the collapse in the large dam holding mining wastewater and contaminated sediment – also known as tailings – at the Mount Polley Mine. This is why we need the inquiry which the BC government announced earlier this week. It remains to be seen if it was […]

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How have taxes changed over the last half century

August 12th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 3 Comments · Taxes

The Fraser Institute’s annual Consumer Tax Index report generated some media buzz with its outlandish claims about just how much taxes have risen since 1961. Before you get worked up about this, consider that 1961 was over half a century ago, before the time of universal health care that we all benefit from, before the […]

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BC government using affordability excuses to underfund education and health

August 11th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 7 Comments · Economy, Education, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Affordability is becoming the new buzzword of the BC government. In the dispute with teachers, for example, the Minister of Education has repeatedly argued demands for lower class sizes and improved class composition, as well as fair wages, are unaffordable and unrealistic (see here). When parents and businesses make the case for more public funding […]

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The disconnect between economic growth and teachers’ wages

June 19th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 10 Comments · Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

A number of recent articles on the BC teachers’ strike have suggested that teachers could get the wage increases they want to see, as well as the needed investments in reducing class size and improving class composition, if only they supported resource development. Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation summed up the line of […]

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New Living Wage Reports Force Us to Look at Child Poverty in the City

April 29th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

There reports released today show that the costs of supporting a family are rising fast in the three largest urban areas of our province, home to 2/3 of BC’s population. Two parents working full-time must each earn $20.10/hour in Metro Vancouver, $18.93/hour in Greater Victoria and $17.02/hour in the Fraser Valley. The living wage reflects […]

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program Takes Jobs Away from Canadians

April 24th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 2 Comments · Employment & labour

Yet another report, this time by SFU Public Policy Professor Dominique M. Gross, finds evidence that Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program is bad for domestic workers. The report looks at BC and Alberta specifically and concludes that the expansion of the TFW program between 2007 and 2010 resulted in an increase in unemployment levels by […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2014

February 18th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 4 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Today’s 2014 BC budget contained very little news, as expected. Despite a significantly weaker economic picture for BC than what was projected in the June 2013 Budget Update, there are no new measures to help British Columbian families struggling with economic insecurity in the weak job market. Five years after the recession officially ended, BC […]

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7 things that should be in this year’s BC Budget

February 17th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 3 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

In the fifth year of a slow and largely jobless economic recovery, the 2014 BC Budget should prioritize measures to set the foundation of a more just and sustainable economy, where prosperity is shared by all citizens. Here are 7 initiatives that will get us there. 1. A comprehensive poverty reduction plan Combating poverty is […]

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When no news is not good news: what the uneventful BC throne speech means for you

February 15th, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off · Children & youth, Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week’s BC throne speech received little media coverage, partly because it fell in the middle of the Olympics and on the same day as the Canadian federal budget, but also because it was rather uneventful, repeating familiar themes and commitments. The absence of significant new announcements in the throne speech is not good news […]

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