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Entries Tagged as 'Environment, resources & sustainability'

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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Parents want to reduce their car use, so let’s invest in transit, walking and cycling infrastructure

April 2nd, 2015 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

There’s a popular belief that parents chauffeur their young children everywhere. And certainly parents have many reasons for preferring cars over other modes of transportation: Children get easily tired. Parents need to pack things like food, diapers, etc. Parents want to keep their children comfortable and safe. Parents have busy and complicated schedules and taking […]

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Discussing “Just Transition” with Karen Cooling

March 30th, 2015 · · No Comments · Climate change, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

In late January, we at the CCPA came out with a paper about “just transition”—an approach that aims to minimize the impact of environmental policies on workers and communities in affected industries—for resource workers. Drawing on extensive interviews with workers in several resource industries, our report informs a strategy to ensure climate action doesn’t worsen […]

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Transit referendum: if no vote wins, what is Plan B?

March 20th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Transit referendum: if no vote wins, what is Plan B? · Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

I got my plebiscite ballot today and of course voted yes. Whatever you think of TransLink management, its governance, the rough and largely undefined edges of the mayor’s plan, and the politically expedient but otherwise not particularly appropriate sales tax source of revenues, the simple fact remains that I and most residents of Greater Vancouver […]

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BC Budget 2015: Missed opportunity for climate change action

February 27th, 2015 · · Comments Off on BC Budget 2015: Missed opportunity for climate change action · Ecology, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance

Global warming and the other ecological impacts of climate change threaten our health—our very survival. As the impacts of climate change unfold, society will face increasing economic costs. Even the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy,  which some have criticized as being unduly influenced by the Conservative government, estimates these costs, which include […]

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The early and fatal undermining of TransLink

February 25th, 2015 · · 5 Comments · Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities, Provincial budget & finance

Pete McMartin wrote an excellent column in the Vancouver Sun documenting the many ways that the provincial government has undermined TransLink. The upcoming referendum isn’t the first but rather the culmination of a two decade, tragically effective, bipartisan effort to prevent TransLink from doing what it was originally set up to do and what the region […]

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Low-carbon urban infrastructure: a view from Vancouver

February 18th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

I have a new case study (full pdf; summary article from the publishers) out as part of the Economists for Equity and Environment‘s Future Economy Initiative. I look at the City of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU), a low-carbon district energy system that hits a sweet spot of clean energy, local control, and stable prices at competitive rates. […]

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11 things you need to know about BC Budget 2015

February 17th, 2015 · · 31 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

1. Budget 2015 ends the claw-back on child support payments for single parents on welfare. This is estimated to put $13 million in the hands of some of the poorest British Columbians. It’s a good step forward, but it is very very small. $13 million is three hundredths of one percent of the provincial budget. […]

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The case against a revenue-neutral carbon tax

January 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Taxes

I’m a fan of carbon taxes, but increasingly I see the term “revenue-neutral” attached to it. Where I live, in BC, we have perhaps the most prominent example of a revenue-neutral carbon tax, and carbon tax advocates have come to promoting the BC model to other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, who are contemplating their own carbon tax. […]

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Site C

December 18th, 2014 · · Comments Off on Site C · Economy, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

I was a bit surprised by Minister Bennett’s statement that I was 100% wrong when I suggested in a CBC radio interview that BC Hydro didn’t need to start on Site C right away.  He emphatically disputed the suggestion that the decision and start of construction on Site C  could be deferred three to five […]

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