CCPA Policy Note

Inconsistency in BC’s GHG Regulations

July 22nd, 2015 · · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

It is no doubt quite naive to think that the BC government (or any government for that matter) would transparently ensure that it imposed the same price on carbon emissions from different industrial sources. Still, carbon is carbon and GHG emissions raise the same concerns regardless of the source. So at least from a naive […]

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Best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada: how is BC doing?

July 15th, 2015 · · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Human rights, Women

The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman In Canada 2015 ranks Canada’s 25 biggest cities based on the gaps in how men and women are faring in five key areas: economic security (as measured by gender gaps in employment, pay and the likelihood of living in poverty); education; health; representation in municipal governments and […]

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$10 a day child care: smart public policy whose time has come

July 14th, 2015 · · 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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Just how bad is BC’s LNG deal with Petronas?

July 13th, 2015 · · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last week, the BC government released the text of its Project Development Agreement with Pacific Northwest LNG (led by Malaysian state enterprise, Petronas), considered the front-runner in getting BC an LNG export industry. The agreement goes to the BC legislature this week in order to convince Petronas to make a “final investment decision.” There are still other barriers to this […]

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LNG Project Agreement – A Risky Business

July 8th, 2015 · · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The Project Development agreement that the provincial government negotiated with Petronas (Pacific Northwest LNG) and now plans to enshrine in legislation has only one purpose. It is an agreement very clearly designed to prevent this and any future British Columbia government from increasing LNG-specific taxes or changing LNG greenhouse gas regulations in ways that would increase […]

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Today’s smokey skies are a consequence of inaction on climate change

July 6th, 2015 · · Environment, resources & sustainability

I was prompted to write this post by the very unusual fact that, right now, Vancouver skies are smokey from the various wildfires burning in southwest BC. Of course, skies filled with smoke and ash are not uncommon in the summer, but it’s a black day in July when fires are so widespread and so […]

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Legislative changes likely to reduce further the independence of the Auditor General for Local Government

June 29th, 2015 · · Democracy and participation, Municipalities

Earlier this month British Columbians saw one more chapter unfold in the ongoing saga of the Auditor General for Local Government.  The provincial government released the report on the AGLG’s office by a former Deputy Minister Chris Trumpy. Trumpy and his report had been the source of earlier controversy which cost the first AGLG, Basia […]

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Energy and climate in the Harper decade

June 26th, 2015 · · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

The costs of climate change are piling up, and can no longer be ignored. 2015 is poised to be a landmark year, with a new global treaty on climate to be signed in Paris. In contrast, the Harper decade succeeded in stalling any meaningful climate action. The PM’s record is not just of neglect, but […]

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Evidence is in: privately funded health care doesn’t reduce wait times

June 14th, 2015 · · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

Current public dialogue is full of questions about what kind of innovation or “revamping” the health system needs. In this context, as a physician, I am compelled to apply principles of evidence-based practice to the public vs. private debate: Will Brian Day’s plan to expand privately funded health care in BC shorten wait lists and […]

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#BoycottTims? It’s about time.

June 9th, 2015 · · Economy, Employment & labour, Human rights, Immigrants & refugees, Law & legal issues

Twitter was raging against Tim Hortons last Thursday. According to the Ottawa Sun, for much of the day the hottest trending topic in Canada was #BoycottTims. It’s about time, I thought to myself, these allegations have been in the news for at least a couple of years. Back in 2013, a group of Tims employees […]

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