CCPA Policy Note

Admitting a post-Paris truth: BC’s LNG pipe dream is over

December 28th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Since the signing of the new climate treaty in Paris earlier this month, there’s been plenty of debate as to whether the new global agreement is a turning point or merely more hollow promises. The answer, as the CCPA’s Marc Lee has written, will be revealed in how governments and markets react. In particular, the […]

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Massey Tunnel Replacement: where’s the data to support this project?

December 17th, 2015 · · Transparency & accountability

It seemed like a good thing to do on a cold rainy day — curl up by the fire and read the long delayed, potential best seller: George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project — the Business Case. Admittedly, to some there are more exciting reads; but for a policy wonk like myself I couldn’t wait to get […]

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Real test of Paris climate agreement will be how markets and regulators react

December 13th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

So did we save the planet? From the outset, this was never about “saving the planet.” Our spinning hunk of rock has been around billions of years and will continue to support diverse life forms long past the time humans roam it. The question is whether we have a planet that can support human life […]

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BC’s climate action masquerade

November 29th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

When BC Premier Christy Clark arrives at the Paris climate conference, as part of a reinvigorated Canadian delegation under PM Trudeau, the world will hear bold statements about BC’s climate leadership. BC has received much praise since its 2008 introduction of a carbon tax (under previous Premier Gordon Campbell), and for its legislated greenhouse gas […]

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We’re putting fossil fuel industry influence under the microscope

November 27th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Transparency & accountability

By Bill Carroll and Shannon Daub The tremendous concentration of power and influence we see in the fossil fuel industry today places sharp limits on our democracy (for examples, see our previous post). And as oil, gas and coal corporations pursue their relatively narrow, short-term profit goals, crafting effective responses to the climate crisis becomes […]

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Why corporate power is a problem at the climate crossroads

November 27th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Transparency & accountability

By Shannon Daub and Bill Carroll As world leaders head to Paris for next week’s UN climate conference, the spotlight is being turned on the fossil fuel industry’s tremendous economic and political clout. The COP21 talks are sponsored by some decidedly climate-unfriendly multinationals, prompting the watchdog group Corporate Accountability International to launch a petition —signed […]

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

November 26th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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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Why are so many people needing food banks when the BC economy is growing?

November 17th, 2015 · · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week, Statistics Canada released new data showing the BC economy did better than expected in 2014, growing by 3.2% in real terms. This is a strong economic performance, the fastest on record since the recession ended.  The new growth numbers were published just as the annual Welfare Food Challenge organized by Raise the Rates captured headlines […]

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Five LNG whoppers

November 12th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

British Columbians have heard many “too good to be true” claims about the benefits the province will receive by launching a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry. The CCPA-BC’s LNG Reality Check series has been examining these claims, and what we have uncovered is a pattern of misinformation about LNG – coming primarily from the […]

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