CCPA Policy Note

Why my dad and I will vote for health

October 15th, 2015 · · Democracy, Election commentary, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services

As a family physician, the most important way I can help (and not harm) my patients, is to vote for healthcare in this election.

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A petro state, a fracking frenzy and one woman’s battle for justice: Andrew Nikiforuk’s latest should be required reading for MLAs

October 14th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Women

Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry, captures like never before how fossil fuel companies must do more and more to coax oil and gas from the ground. And how that each time more effort is made, the social and environmental costs mount.

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Can the federal parties’ child care proposals pay for the $10 a Day Plan?

October 14th, 2015 · · Children & youth, Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Women

By Lynell Anderson and Iglika Ivanova We’ve been glad to see child care emerge as a key issue in this federal election, with three major parties (Greens, Liberals and NDP) vying to tackle the problems with the status quo: inadequate spaces, unaffordability and inconsistent quality. We analyzed the party platforms on child care in more […]

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Child care and the federal election: where have the parties landed?

October 9th, 2015 · · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Women

By Lynell Anderson and Iglika Ivanova Canada is one of the few advanced countries that doesn’t yet have a national child care system. We invest less in early childhood programs than any of our peer countries and fall far short of meeting the minimum public investment benchmarks recommended by UNICEF and the OECD. There’s no […]

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The “new vision” is not so new: Let’s act on it

October 8th, 2015 · · Democracy

David Suzuki recently asserted that we have failed “to imagine a better way” than our current economic paradigm. I agree: We have to start identifying ourselves as citizens, not consumers. Suzuki presents a compelling case that illustrates how letting go of our addiction to an economic model that relies on growth will actually enrich our […]

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The Leap Manifesto is ambitious, but it’s not the end of capitalism

October 7th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Election commentary

Only “Radical” Next to Parties’ Modest Climate Plans The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another was launched by a group of prominent Canadians on September 15. So far, over 25,000 Canadians have added their names to the declaration. In the face of the ho-hum party platforms […]

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Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: lessons for the next federal government

October 6th, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Election commentary

Congratulations to the Pembina Institute on a poll they conducted with EKOS Research, assessing support for climate action among Albertans. The results are fascinating and hopeful. You can find the full results here, and a good postmedia summary here. But a few highlights: A large majority of respondents (70%) support investing in renewable energy sources […]

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Closing small business tax loopholes

October 2nd, 2015 · · Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

The NDP, Liberals, Conservatives and Greens are now all proposing to cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% (albeit on slightly differing timelines), an unnecessary and unwise policy, as outlined in previous CCPA posts. It may make for good politics, but it’s a policy with no economic merit. It’s not all bad […]

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What’s Wrong with Site C

October 1st, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy

In a #SiteC tweet no doubt designed to complement an unabashedly political debate taking place in the legislature this week, the Liberal caucus stated that Site C is the most reviewed project in BC’s history, it will create 10,000 jobs and will provide affordable, reliable clean power. The tweet is partially true. The problem though […]

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Fraser Institute vastly overstates impact of regulatory delays in developing a BC LNG industry

September 22nd, 2015 · · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Today’s report from the Fraser Institute, LNG Exports from British Columbia: The Cost of Regulatory Delay, states that “revenue losses from regulatory delays imposed upon the BC LNG export market would be on the order of $17–23 billion (US) per year.” This, they say, is equivalent to 9.5% of 2014 BC GDP. A closer examination […]

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