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Seth Klein’s Blog Posts

Seth Klein is the BC Director of the CCPA. Seth’s research deals primarily with welfare policy, poverty, inequality and economic security. A social activist for over 20 years and a former teacher, Seth is a founding board member with the Vancouver-based Centre for Native Policy and Research. He is also an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, and an advisor and instructor for Next Up, a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice.

Refuting the tired claims of those opposed to minimum wage increases

November 28th, 2014 · Seth Klein · No Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business warns against minimum wage increases, calling it “Fa-la-la economics”. Perhaps it’s not the season to be so Grinch-like. Jones is right about one thing – the minimum wage is not a magic cure for our economic woes. No one has […]

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If the political will is there, the money is too to settle teachers’ dispute

September 13th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

I’ve submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Vancouver Sun. Hoping they publish it in the next couple days: Enough with the pleas of a bare cupboard from the Premier, Finance Minister and Education Minister. If the political will is there, there is plenty of money to settle the teachers’ dispute, hire more […]

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How to fund improvements in class-size and composition: a matter of political will

June 3rd, 2014 · Seth Klein · 28 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Taxes

If a compromise is to be reached in the current bargaining between teachers and the government, the long-standing issue of improving class-size and composition must be resolved. The government insists that there is no money to make substantial improvements in this area (notwithstanding multiple court losses telling the province that it must make good on […]

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CCPA submission to BC consultation on forest tenures

May 26th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 1 Comment · Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

Earlier today, I submitted the following on behalf of the CCPA to Mr Jim Snetsinger, who is leading a consultation on area-based forest tenures on behalf of the BC government (FYI, the deadline for input into this consultation is Friday May 30, and submissions can be made via email to: forest.tenures@gov.bc.ca): CCPA Submission to Consultation […]

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New AG report on access to welfare disability benefits

May 16th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 2 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Yesterday (May 15), BC’s Auditor General released an important new report on access to welfare disability benefits. The report didn’t get much media attention, but it should have. The report, news release and short video summary can be found here. Among the AG’s findings: The government has limited information on how effectively welfare’s PWD (Person […]

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Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage

May 9th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 3 Comments · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

A couple days ago, I submitted the following letter to the editor at the Vancouver Sun. Hopefully they will publish it shortly: Mark Von Schellwitz (opinion piece, May 6) is right that a minimum wage and a living wage are not the same thing. But he seems to be confused about the difference. He claims […]

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CCPA-BC launches new documentary: The Good Life – The Green Life

May 9th, 2014 · Seth Klein · Comments Off · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

Happy to announce that the CCPA-BC has released its third documentary film, a video series entitled The Good Life – The Green Life. This project has been about two years in the making, led by our communications director Shannon Daub. I encourage you to visit the special website created for this project: http://goodlifegreenlife.ca/ As you’ll […]

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Poverty Reduction Act tabled by Opposition in the BC Leg

May 6th, 2014 · Seth Klein · Comments Off · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The following news release was issued today by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition: Opposition proposes BC Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act: Now is the time for bi-partisan collaboration in addressing the root causes of poverty (British Columbia) Today in the BC Legislature, the Official Opposition (MLA Michelle Mungall) introduced a private member’s Bill proposing […]

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My Welfare Food Challenge: Day 7 – The End

October 22nd, 2013 · Seth Klein · 3 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Well, I’ve made it to the end of my week eating only what I could buy for $26. But eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner for seven days is no damn fun. I can’t wait to eat something different and fresh. Did a final weigh-in this morning. I lost 4-5 lbs. this […]

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My welfare food challenge: Day 6

October 21st, 2013 · Seth Klein · 12 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

I can see now that I’m going to make it to the end of this week (last year, a number of people who took the challenge didn’t make it). With my $26 I was able to purchase sufficient quantity, but not great nutrition. I’ve had no fresh or leafy green veggies, and only one kind […]

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