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Entries Tagged as 'Poverty, inequality & welfare'

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

August 28th, 2015 · · No Comments · Democracy and participation, Education, Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability, Uncategorized

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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When telling the truth gets you in trouble: Getting serious about serious issues

August 12th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

“As leaders we have a responsibility to fully articulate the risks our people face. If the politics are not favorable to speaking truthfully, then clearly we must devote more energy to changing the politics.” – Marlene Moses, Ambassador to the United Nations for the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, 2012 “The ecologically necessary is […]

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Where is Canada’s digital inclusion strategy?

July 23rd, 2015 · · No Comments · Democracy and participation, Education, 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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$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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Climate Justice and the Good Life, for Everyone

June 2nd, 2015 · · Comments Off on Climate Justice and the Good Life, for Everyone · Climate change, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In our Climate Justice Project, our research has stressed structural changes and collective action to lower carbon footprints rather than individual behavioural change. The ability of many actors to respond to incentives like a carbon tax is constrained by their circumstances. Suburban households often have no realistic option but to keep driving. Renters have little agency over […]

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

April 2nd, 2015 · · Comments Off on Parents want to reduce their car use, so let’s invest in transit, walking and cycling infrastructure · 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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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 · · Comments Off on Don’t pit generations against each other in transit referendum · 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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