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How to make the Metro Vancouver living wage work for single parents

April 27th, 2016 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The living wage is designed to reflect the real costs of raising a family in a particular community. It’s based on a two-parent families with young children because most Canadian children live in two-parent families, but the goal is for the living wage to also meet the needs of different types of families throughout their life cycle, including single-parent families. […]

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What the new federal budget means for BC

March 23rd, 2016 · · Comments Off on What the new federal budget means for BC · Economy, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

At first glance, BC appears somewhat isolated from the economic challenges the rest of Canada is facing but there are a number of worrying signs. Nearly half of British Columbians see the economic conditions in BC as “poor” or “very poor.” The economy may be growing but prosperity is not broadly shared. Despite decent economic growth, poverty remains […]

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The unintended consequences of massive hydro rate increases

March 22nd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Provincial budget & finance

The Province newspaper recently published an op-ed of mine that looked at one of the unintended consequences of our provincial government’s fixation on building the exceedingly expensive Site C hydroelectric dam. Even though actual construction of the dam has yet to begin, BC Hydro customers are already paying far more for electricity than they were just a […]

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BC government’s spin cycle on LNG

March 15th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

Last year, we made freedom of information requests to the BC government about two CCPA-BC studies: A Clear Look at LNG by David Hughes (released May 26) and LNG and Employment in BC by myself (released July 28). Both reports poke holes in extravagant claims being made by the BC government about natural gas supplies, environmental impacts, and economic benefits of […]

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Reducing poverty and carbon emissions: lessons from Manitoba

February 26th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Reducing poverty and carbon emissions: lessons from Manitoba · Climate change & energy policy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

I often get asked about alternatives to our fossil-fuelled status quo. In recent years, there have been many new projects that point to the way forward, that get beyond vague statements about reducing carbon emissions and boosting clean energy. Our CCPA-BC office held a conference last year to examine new approaches to good and green jobs. […]

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7 things that should be in the BC Budget but were missing from the Throne Speech

February 15th, 2016 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

BC Budget 2016 will be tabled tomorrow but we already know it will include a break on MSP premiums for some single parents, $50 million for new affordable housing initiatives this year (with funding also committed in each of the next four years), help for first-time home buyers, more resources for the long neglected BC child welfare system, […]

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BC’s job market is weaker than the government would like you to believe

February 12th, 2016 · · Comments Off on BC’s job market is weaker than the government would like you to believe · Economy, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance

Premier Christy Clark rarely misses a chance to take credit for BC’s recent economic growth and job creation numbers even though they have more to do with plunging oil prices and the low dollar than with any action her government has taken. This year’s throne speech was no exception, calling BC “an island of prosperity” and a leader: […]

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Honouring Dr Kerry Preibisch

February 2nd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Women

Guest post by Janet McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Health Studies; Research Associate, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University I am writing to honour the legacy of Dr Kerry Preibisch, a much loved University of Guelph professor who passed away on January 28th after a very courageous journey with cancer. Kerry was a mentor to me and […]

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Want to create good, sustainable jobs for Canada? Try co-ops.

November 26th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Want to create good, sustainable jobs for Canada? Try co-ops. · Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

In the coming months and years, the new federal government will make important decisions about jobs: how we create them, protect them and make them more sustainable. Many Canadians believe there’s a trade-off to be made between employment and environmental sustainability. But that doesn’t have to be the case — particularly if we look at […]

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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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