CCPA Policy Note

How to fund improvements in class-size and composition: a matter of political will

June 3rd, 2014 · · Children & youth, Education, Taxes

If a compromise is to be reached in the current bargaining between teachers and the government, the long-standing issue of improving class-size and composition must be resolved. The government insists that there is no money to make substantial improvements in this area (notwithstanding multiple court losses telling the province that it must make good on […]

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Frameworks and photo-ops

May 26th, 2014 · · Education, Employment & labour

About a year-and-a-half ago, BC teachers and their employers approved a landmark framework agreement for their upcoming round of contract negotiations. In the wake of a difficult and divisive round of bargaining, and after many, many years of frustration and disappointment, the parties agreed to do things differently.  It was the first change to bargaining […]

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CCPA submission to BC consultation on forest tenures

May 26th, 2014 · · Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

Earlier today, I submitted the following on behalf of the CCPA to Mr Jim Snetsinger, who is leading a consultation on area-based forest tenures on behalf of the BC government (FYI, the deadline for input into this consultation is Friday May 30, and submissions can be made via email to: CCPA Submission to Consultation […]

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Cheap Power for Jobs (Except it Ain’t Cheap)

May 23rd, 2014 · · Economy, Energy, Uncategorized

It has a nice political ring to it — “power for jobs”. That is what Glen Clark wanted to do with the Columbia River Treaty power that was returned to the province in the late 1990′s. And that is what Vaughn Palmer argues B.C. should do today with the hydro power we have or could […]

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Britain and British Columbia now moving in different directions on P3s. BC taxpayers may be the losers

May 20th, 2014 · · Economy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

A dozen years ago when Gordon Campbell’s newly elected British Columbia government decided it wanted to build its infrastructure with public private partnerships (P3s) it turned to England for advice.  The British model for infrastructure shaped much of what BC did in the ensuing years.  Lately, British Columbia and the UK have been going in different […]

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New AG report on access to welfare disability benefits

May 16th, 2014 · · Poverty, inequality & welfare

Yesterday (May 15), BC’s Auditor General released an important new report on access to welfare disability benefits. The report didn’t get much media attention, but it should have. The report, news release and short video summary can be found here. Among the AG’s findings: The government has limited information on how effectively welfare’s PWD (Person […]

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Clarifying the difference between the minimum and living wage

May 9th, 2014 · · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

A couple days ago, I submitted the following letter to the editor at the Vancouver Sun. Hopefully they will publish it shortly: Mark Von Schellwitz (opinion piece, May 6) is right that a minimum wage and a living wage are not the same thing. But he seems to be confused about the difference. He claims […]

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CCPA-BC launches new documentary: The Good Life – The Green Life

May 9th, 2014 · · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

Happy to announce that the CCPA-BC has released its third documentary film, a video series entitled The Good Life – The Green Life. This project has been about two years in the making, led by our communications director Shannon Daub. I encourage you to visit the special website created for this project: As you’ll […]

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Poverty Reduction Act tabled by Opposition in the BC Leg

May 6th, 2014 · · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The following news release was issued today by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition: Opposition proposes BC Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act: Now is the time for bi-partisan collaboration in addressing the root causes of poverty (British Columbia) Today in the BC Legislature, the Official Opposition (MLA Michelle Mungall) introduced a private member’s Bill proposing […]

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Don’t believe the (LNG) hype

April 30th, 2014 · · Energy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Today we released a new report, Path to Prosperity? A Closer Look at British Columbia’s Natural Gas Royalties and Proposed LNG Income Tax, about liquefied natural gas (LNG ) development in BC, and the public revenues that might be expected. So far, LNG has lacked a real public debate. On one side, we have the […]

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