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Entries Tagged as 'carbon tax'

Fairness by design: a framework for tax reform in Canada

February 14th, 2013 · · Comments Off · 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, 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 · Climate change, 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, 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, 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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James at the UBCM: A welcome move off revenue-neutrality

October 6th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Taxes

In her  speech last Thursday to the annual meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities, NDP leader Carole James declared: “I am calling on the provincial government to cancel the corporate tax cuts that are scheduled to come in over the next two years related to the carbon tax. And let’s put that money into […]

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Reading the entrails of BC's election

May 13th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Three-peat. Hat trick. The media is full of jubilation for the re-election of the Campbell Liberals. But looking at the numbers, it was actually quite close: the BC Liberals got 45.7% of the popular vote, compared to 42.2% for the NDP. This slim margin validates the Angus Reid polling camp, which came closest on estimating […]

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Planet Before Politics

May 11th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability

I signed the following open letter published in the Globe on the weekend. I cannot take any credit for organizing or writing the letter (hat tip to Ian Bruce of the David Suzuki Foundation). On the other hand, I can say that I have co-published with David Suzuki! It’s time to put the planet before […]

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Towards an effective and fair carbon reduction strategy

May 8th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Environment, resources & sustainability

This oped by myself and Colin Campbell appeared in the Vancouver Sun’s online edition: Towards an effective and fair carbon reduction strategy By George Heyman and Dr. Colin Campbell, May 7, 2009 The latest science on global warming shows we must rapidly slash carbon emissions, or face catastrophic impacts on our civilization by the end […]

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