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Entries Tagged as 'Economy'

BC throne speech rhetoric doesn’t match reality

February 10th, 2016 · · No Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday’s throne speech paints a rosy picture of BC as an “island of prosperity.” It acknowledges that “all British Columbians deserve to share in the benefits of a growing economy” but it glosses over the fact that many currently don’t. What is worse, the provincial government’s own inaction in key policy areas is what’s causing tremendous hardship […]

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How Canada’s WTO “victory” on food labelling undermines BC’s local food efforts

February 3rd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

In December Canada once again made international headlines by defeating the Americans at the World Trade Organization, and, paradoxically, made it harder to promote and protect British Columbia’s agrifood sector.  After a seven-year dispute, the United States was forced to repeal legislation requiring country of origin labelling (COOL) for muscle cuts of beef and pork. The […]

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No shortage of compelling ideas for Finance Minister Bill Morneau

January 19th, 2016 · · No Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy

New federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has invited Canadians to submit their ideas and priorities for the next Federal Budget. People are welcome to share their suggestions via email, a survey and social media on a site the government has created here. The finance minister says, “I am embarking on an intensive cross-Canada conversation with […]

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

November 25th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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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We need a “war-time” approach to tackling the climate challenge

November 10th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

“So far as it is possible, Canada’s effort in this war must be a planned and concerted national effort… In order to have the tremendous quantities of supplies available at the right time, and in the right place, it is imperative that the economic life of Canada be reorganized, but not disorganized. The economic forces […]

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

October 14th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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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The Leap Manifesto is ambitious, but it’s not the end of capitalism

October 7th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Election commentary

Only “Radical” Next to Parties’ Modest Climate Plans The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another was launched by a group of prominent Canadians on September 15. So far, over 25,000 Canadians have added their names to the declaration. In the face of the ho-hum party platforms […]

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Leaping into a new carbon-free economy

September 17th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Leaping into a new carbon-free economy · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Election commentary, Environment, resources & sustainability

Tuesday Sept. 15 saw the release of an exciting new document – The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another. In essence, the manifesto is a positive vision for Canada. It calls upon the next government to move Canada off fossil fuels quickly, insisting that baby […]

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