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Entries Tagged as 'carbon tax'

We need a “war-time” approach to tackling the climate challenge

November 10th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

“So far as it is possible, Canada’s effort in this war must be a planned and concerted national effort… In order to have the tremendous quantities of supplies available at the right time, and in the right place, it is imperative that the economic life of Canada be reorganized, but not disorganized. The economic forces […]

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

October 6th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: lessons for the next federal government · 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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Some strengths and weaknesses in the Green Party platform

September 18th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

My recent post comparing the NDP and Liberal election positions to date drew some criticism for leaving out the Green Party. So hoping to rectify that with this post on what I see as some strengths and weaknesses of the Green plan. On Sept. 9, The Green Party became the first of the major parties […]

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Now is exactly the right time to regulate oil and gas

December 11th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Harper declared that, given oil prices plummeting to $60-70 a barrel, now would be a “crazy” time to introduce regulations on the oil and gas sector. This comes after promising nine years ago that the federal government would bring in new GHG regulations on the oil and gas sector (but […]

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Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada

February 14th, 2013 · · Comments Off on Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada · Taxes, Transparency & accountability

A new CCPA (National) report by Marc Lee and myself argues that Canada’s tax system needs a “fairness” overhaul and presents a framework for progressive tax reform. Those of you who have been following our tax work so far will find this study a great complement to the BC Tax Options Paper. Tax policy is […]

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Progressive tax options for BC or how to raise needed revenues and make our tax system more fair

January 30th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

In a new report we released this week, Seth Klein and I show there’s a clear need of tax reform in BC, both to raise new revenues and to make our tax system more fair (Vancouver Sun oped here, CTV News story here). As the report’s title suggest, this is all about options. Instead of […]

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Bringing a vision of climate justice into focus

May 28th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Economy

One of the key barriers to change facing those of us working towards climate justice is the lack of a clear vision. By advocating for bold climate action, we are asking people to embrace dramatic change — yet the picture of their new life remains fuzzy and difficult to imagine. Compounding this challenge is the […]

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Inequality undermines collective action on climate change

May 23rd, 2012 · · Comments Off on Inequality undermines collective action on climate change · Climate change & energy policy, Poverty, inequality & welfare

Much has been written of late about the costs of inequality — the social and health costs, the costs to democracy and social cohesion, and the costs to the economy and productivity. But here’s another cost to rising inequality that has received less consideration — the costs to our climate. As we seek to urge […]

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A Challenge to BC’s Leadership Candidates: Dare to Be Bold and to Tell Us the Truth

January 4th, 2011 · · 15 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

Some thoughts on what I’d love to hear in the current leadership contests: As a number of fundamental crises become more apparent (ecological and economic, not to mention the democratic deficit), the public is looking for bold ideas and bold leadership. Sadly, too many political strategists (as they will confess in private company) operate on […]

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Now for some disaster relief on the homefront

January 22nd, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at the public response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. I’ve seen donations being collected through school bake sales, at the liquor store, and on Hockey Night in Canada, among the usual channels for such stuff. It’s nice to know that, collectively, we care, in spite of the neglect of […]

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