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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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Don’t pit generations against each other in transit referendum

March 10th, 2015 · · No Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare, Seniors, Taxes

The Georgia Straight published a column yesterday by Charlie Smith claiming that “selfish old people” will vote “no” in the upcoming transit referendum, depriving younger generations of a decent quality of life and an opportunity to act on climate change. We were shocked by the inflammatory tone of the article, and the very inaccurate picture […]

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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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3 worrisome facts about BC’s job market on the eve of Budget 2015

February 16th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

2015 marks the sixth year of BC’s recovery from the recession. But it’s been a slow and largely jobless recovery in BC. 1. BC needs 93,000 more jobs to return to our pre-recession employment rate (the proportion of working age British Columbians who have jobs). Only 71.2% of working age British Columbians have jobs today. […]

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Rethinking social protections in the age of contractors

February 14th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The job market is changing rapidly. While most workers of our parents’ generation could have reasonably expected to spend their entire working careers in permanent full-time jobs with one or two employers, today many rely on contract work or freelancing, and even regular full-time employees change jobs frequently. There are pros and cons to this shift, […]

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Charity is not the right way to tackle poverty in British Columbia

January 28th, 2015 · · Comments Off · Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The existence of poverty in British Columbia is a violation of human rights. There is not only a moral duty to eradicate poverty but also a legal obligation under international human rights law. Just before the holidays, December 10 was International Human Rights Day but we have little to celebrate here in BC. A human […]

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Denying inequality is a problem for Canada won’t make it go away

January 8th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Jock Finlayson’s article “Income inequality not a problem in Canada” misses the point. Just because inequality in Canada is somewhat lower than in the U.S. (the Western world’s most unequal country) doesn’t mean we don’t have a serious problem. The small decline in the share of income going to the top one per cent Finlayson […]

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Latest poverty stats show BC still has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada

December 15th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The latest poverty statistics were released by Statistics Canada last Wednesday, and the data once again shows that British Columbia has one of the highest poverty rates in Canada. Using the Low Income Cut-Off – After Tax (LICO-AT) as the poverty line, 1 in 10 British Columbians are living in poverty. That’s 469,000 people struggling […]

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An effective poverty reduction plan is not just a piece of paper

December 2nd, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability

Last week, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition published its annual report card on child poverty in BC. As in past years, the results were sobering. Based on 2012 data, 20.6% of children, or one of five, live in poverty in BC. Nearly half of children living in single parent families live below […]

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Refuting the tired claims of those opposed to minimum wage increases

November 28th, 2014 · · 6 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business warns against minimum wage increases, calling it “Fa-la-la economics”. Perhaps it’s not the season to be so Grinch-like. Jones is right about one thing – the minimum wage is not a magic cure for our economic woes. No one has […]

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