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Entries Tagged as 'Education'

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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Who’s not coming to school this September?

September 8th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Who’s not coming to school this September? · Democracy, Economy, Education, Employment & labour

Today is the first day of school and newspapers, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages are filled with photos of backpack-carrying children and well wishes from their community for a new school year. This celebration speaks to the importance we all place on learning, and on our collective effort to educate our children. It’s one of the most important […]

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One year after the BC teachers’ strike, what’s happening for kids with special needs?

September 7th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

by Seth Klein and Tyson Schoeber It’s been a year since the longest strike in the history of BC’s public school system. A key outcome of that dispute was increased understanding of the phrase “class size and composition.” During the strike, the public came to appreciate that teachers were fighting not just for better wages, […]

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Beyond speed: Who is talking about access to e-government this election?

August 28th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Democracy, Education, Election commentary, Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability

The problem of equitable access to high speed Internet in Canada entered the election campaign on Wednesday, August 26, when Stephen Harper promised that a re-elected Conservative government would spend an additional $200 million to promote high speed access in rural and remote communities. Although the promise is short on detail (what counts as high […]

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Where is Canada’s digital inclusion strategy?

July 23rd, 2015 · · Comments Off on Where is Canada’s digital inclusion strategy? · Democracy, Education, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare

When Alex first arrives at the drop-in computer class at his local neighbourhood house he’s never used a keyboard or surfed the Internet before. But he’s determined to learn so he can apply for government services he needs as a recently unemployed person with disabilities. Alex attends the weekly drop-in classes faithfully, working with a […]

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

July 15th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada: how is BC doing? · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, 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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A Conversation on Climate Justice

April 9th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Democracy, Education

In February and March, the Climate Justice Project hosted This Changes BC: A Conversation on Climate Justice. Over four Saturdays, a group of 34 citizens from Metro Vancouver gathered to talk about what climate solutions could look like in their lives and our province. Having worked on these issues for many years now, we had a […]

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

September 13th, 2014 · · 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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Why teachers are still striking

September 12th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Education, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Speech to the Langley Teachers Association’s Public Forum on Education Delivered July 16, 2014. Check against delivery. I have a slightly different take because I don’t come from the labour movement or from the education sector – I come as an economist, so I’m going to talk a little bit about numbers. But before I […]

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BC’s Awkward Surplus

September 11th, 2014 · · 14 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Finance reported results from the first quarter of 2014/15. While the news release stated “B.C.’s budget remains balanced in spite of extra costs,” there is a projected surplus of $266 million for the current fiscal year. In reality it will likely be much higher, due to the usual practice of using conservative planning […]

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