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Entries Tagged as 'Economy'

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

July 15th, 2015 · · No Comments · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Human rights, 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 · · No Comments · 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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LNG Project Agreement – A Risky Business

July 8th, 2015 · · No Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The Project Development agreement that the provincial government negotiated with Petronas (Pacific Northwest LNG) and now plans to enshrine in legislation has only one purpose. It is an agreement very clearly designed to prevent this and any future British Columbia government from increasing LNG-specific taxes or changing LNG greenhouse gas regulations in ways that would increase […]

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#BoycottTims? It’s about time.

June 9th, 2015 · · Comments Off on #BoycottTims? It’s about time. · Economy, Employment & labour, Human rights, Immigrants & refugees, Law & legal issues

Twitter was raging against Tim Hortons last Thursday. According to the Ottawa Sun, for much of the day the hottest trending topic in Canada was #BoycottTims. It’s about time, I thought to myself, these allegations have been in the news for at least a couple of years. Back in 2013, a group of Tims employees […]

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Economic Development and the Environment

May 9th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

The biggest challenge facing the new NDP government in Alberta, and an NDP government in British Columbia should one be elected in 2017, is finding the right balance between economic development and environmental objectives. There are some who suggest that there is no conflict — there can be jobs and environmental policies effectively prohibiting certain […]

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

April 29th, 2015 · · 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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Doubling contribution limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts exposes true intent of a bad policy

April 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last week, federal finance minister Joe Oliver re-affirmed that his government seeks to double the annual limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), from $5,500 to $11,000. This is a terrible idea. When the TFSA was first introduced, the claim at the time was that the policy was intended to support modest income people wanting to […]

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Balanced Budget Legislation – another zombie policy returns from the dead

April 11th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Ah, here we go again – when seeking to assert credibility as sound fiscal managers, governments reach for the tired gimmick of “balanced budget legislation” (BBL). It’s not about good economics. Nor about good public policy. Just crass politics. And now the federal government is once again dangling this useless policy ploy. The CCPA-BC was […]

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BC minimum wage increase leaves workers in poverty

March 12th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

After close to three years of no change, the BC minimum wage was overdue for an increase. But the measly raise announced today falls far short of what is necessary. The 20c per hour increase, scheduled to come into effect on Sept 15, 2015,  amounts to a raise of just under 2% over more than 3 years. […]

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Apples and oranges: Comparing BC and Ontario debt ratios

March 4th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

The February 18, 2015 edition of the Globe and Mail featured an article by the paper’s B.C. correspondent Gary Mason, which in part drew favourable attention to BC’s debt-to-GDP ratio in comparison with that of Ontario. On face value, B.C.’s reported debt-to-GDP ratio calculated from its most recent audited statements of 18.2% looks pretty good […]

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