CCPA Policy Note

Corporate rights under serious scrutiny in Europe. Canada fast asleep.

February 4th, 2014 · · Uncategorized

On Feb. 3rd, I made a presentation  in Vancouver to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the proposed Canada/E.U. trade deal (C.E.T.A.). I was there on behalf of CUPE B.C. The Committee, chaired by Alberta Conservative M.P. Rob Merrifield, was in B.C. to review both C.E.T.A. and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P.) […]

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BC’s Big Favour?

January 30th, 2014 · · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

The hype on LNG has grown to staggering proportions. I have not had much time to debunk all of the government’s grotesque exaggerations and outright falsehoods. But Christy Clark’s claim that BC is “doing the world a favour” by exporting LNG to Asia made me write this oped, which got picked up in today’s Vancouver […]

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Spreading a fossilized view of the tar sands

January 24th, 2014 · · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability, Media

It is lamentable that commentator Rex Murphy, who sometimes acts like a resident apologist for the fossil fuel industry, on January 17 devoted his weekly commentary on CBC television’s The National, to undermining rather than encouraging citizens working against massive vested interests, for a habitable planet for future generations. Specifically, Murphy tore into Neil Young’s […]

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Anti-poverty movement, meet the culture of medicine.

January 23rd, 2014 · · Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Uncategorized

The evidence for the burden of income inequality on health is plentiful and convincing, with inequity and its health impact both increasing in British Columbia in recent years. Many voices are calling for attention to poverty reduction and a living wage. But what happens when you add doctors into this conversation? Progress and challenges both. Some physicians are at the […]

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Burning issues for Metro Vancouver

January 7th, 2014 · · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

The front page story of today’s Vancouver Sun takes on Metro Vancouver’s waste incineration facility in Burnaby. The Fraser Valley Regional District has been strongly opposed to a new proposed incinerator planned by Metro, and likewise has expressed its concerns about air quality in regards to the Burnaby facility. Its operating permit is up for […]

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The wrong question in the wrong forum

December 12th, 2013 · · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Uncategorized

It didn’t take very much time at the joint federal-provincial environmental hearing into Site C, which started this week in Fort St. John, to realize that it is not the best forum to address the central issue underlying BC Hydro’s proposal to develop the $8 to $9 billion hydro project. The central issue is the […]

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You always learn something when accountants feud

December 9th, 2013 · · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Every year in BC people who follow government get an early Christmas present in late November,  For the better part of a week BC’s Auditor General sits down with the legislature’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to talk about the Auditor General’s reports. This year’s encounter was quieter than some in the past.  Former Auditor General […]

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BC hospital P3 ownership moves to tax haven

November 6th, 2013 · · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

One more of British Columbia’s public private partnerships (P3s) has headed on down the road to ownership in a European tax haven.  Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure completed deals last summer to acquire equity and loans for the Kelowna Vernon Hospital.  It is also buying out equity and loans on Alberta’s North East Stoney Trail highway […]

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Annotated Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

November 4th, 2013 · · Climate change, Energy

BC recently signed on to a new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, which includes California, Oregon and Washington states. On the surface it seems like the province is recommitting to climate policy, but don’t believe the hype: it was just a few years ago that BC was in negotiations with those same […]

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What’s the Canada-EU trade deal all about?

November 4th, 2013 · · Democracy and participation, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Chances are, you’ve heard about the Canada-EU trade deal. It’s hard to miss, what with the federal government hard at work staging photo-ops and events across the country, promoting the deal as a major win. The official sales pitch focuses on the trade aspects of the deal – lowering or eliminating tariffs between Canada and […]

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