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Sarah Leavitt is Communications Officer at the CCPA-BC Office.

BC Budget 2013 News Release

February 19th, 2013 · Sarah Leavitt · 3 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

We will be posting more commentary on the budget in the coming days; this is our news release from today’s budget lockup. Budget may be “balanced,” but lack of action on poverty, climate creates  serious social, environmental defecits (Victoria) The 2013 BC budget focuses on balancing the budget at the expense of British Columbians’ present […]

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BC poverty rates highest in Canada, again

June 15th, 2011 · Sarah Leavitt · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Statistics Canada released a report today on incomes across Canada in 2009. As First Call BC points out in their news release, key points for BC include: BC’s child poverty rate rose to 12 percent in 2009, the highest child poverty rate of any province for the eighth year in a row. The BC rate […]

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CCPA blogs the federal election

March 28th, 2011 · Sarah Leavitt · 1 Comment · Policy Note in the news

Our colleagues at the CCPA’s National Office have launched a great new blog that will offer commentary on the federal election. Check out Making It Count for informative posts on income splitting, taxes, EI and more. Meanwhile, stay tuned to Policy Note for ongoing commentary on the busy BC political scene.

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Rights-based legal aid: a proposal for BC

November 9th, 2010 · Sarah Leavitt · Comments Off · Law & legal issues

CCPA-BC’s new study on legal aid in BC explores the impact of cuts to the system and proposes a new rights-based approach that would cut both economic and social costs. Listen to interviews with the authors on CBC’s Early Edition, Jim Harrison’s show on CHNL in Kamloops and Adam Stirling’s show on CFAX in Victoria. […]

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Off the Highway by Mette Bach: politics and memoir

June 8th, 2010 · Sarah Leavitt · 1 Comment · Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities, Recommended reading

Another suggestion for summer reading: brand new from local publisher New Star Books: Off the Highway by Mette Bach, a short (about 80 pages) memoir of her childhood and adolescence in North Delta. Bach weaves together personal recollections, history and social commentary to create a quirky, funny, depressing picture of a little-known Vancouver suburb. Regular […]

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The Buy American Deal: CCPA Analysis

February 11th, 2010 · Sarah Leavitt · Comments Off · Economy

If you’re looking for an alternative perspective on the recent Buy American deal, check out Buy American Basics, a new report from the CCPA’s National Office by economist Scott Sinclair. Scott reveals why this can’t really be called a “deal” as far as Canada’s concerned. You might also want to check out CCPA Research Associate […]

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Piecing together the puzzle: help us track BC government cuts

September 17th, 2009 · Sarah Leavitt · 4 Comments · Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Since winning the May election, the provincial government has been steadily cutting public services, often without any public announcement. These cuts affect services ranging from the arts to seniors’ care to public schools. They will be particularly hard on the most vulnerable members of our society. In the absence of comprehensive information from the provincial […]

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Policy Note named Blog o’ the Week by The Tyee

August 28th, 2009 · Sarah Leavitt · Comments Off · Policy Note in the news

We are delighted to have been chosen as Blog of the Week by thetyee.ca: September 1 is the other New Year’s Day: The start of a new school year, and in B.C. a sort-of new government with a new (but sadly old-fashioned) budget. Time to buckle down and get back to work, class. Whether on […]

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