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Entries Tagged as 'Economy'

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

October 7th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · 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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Leaping into a new carbon-free economy

September 17th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Leaping into a new carbon-free economy · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Election commentary, Environment, resources & sustainability

Tuesday Sept. 15 saw the release of an exciting new document – The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another. In essence, the manifesto is a positive vision for Canada. It calls upon the next government to move Canada off fossil fuels quickly, insisting that baby […]

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3 worrisome facts about Canada’s economy beyond the drop in GDP

September 1st, 2015 · · 6 Comments · Economy, Election commentary, Environment, resources & sustainability

The much anticipated quarterly GDP numbers are out, and StatsCan confirmed what 79% of Canadians already felt to be the case — Canada’s economy is in decline. A drop in economic activity of 0.1% in the second quarter of 2015 officially tipped Canada in recession territory (after a drop of 0.2% in the first quarter). The […]

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Balanced Budget Legislation – another zombie policy returns from the dead

April 11th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Ah, here we go again – when seeking to assert credibility as sound fiscal managers, governments reach for the tired gimmick of “balanced budget legislation” (BBL). It’s not about good economics. Nor about good public policy. Just crass politics. And now the federal government is once again dangling this useless policy ploy. The CCPA-BC was […]

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7 things that should be in this year’s BC Budget

February 17th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

In the fifth year of a slow and largely jobless economic recovery, the 2014 BC Budget should prioritize measures to set the foundation of a more just and sustainable economy, where prosperity is shared by all citizens. Here are 7 initiatives that will get us there. 1. A comprehensive poverty reduction plan Combating poverty is […]

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State of the BC Economy

December 4th, 2012 · · Comments Off on State of the BC Economy · Climate change & energy policy, Economy

As we close out 2012, BC finds itself in some precarious economic waters. To recap, a massive housing bubble that built up through the naughties (2000s) finally burst in 2008, feeding a financial crisis, as extremely loose (some would say fraudulent) lending practices pushed housing prices up to spectacular, never-seen-before levels, and created a plague […]

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BC’s Other Deficits

November 28th, 2012 · · Comments Off on BC’s Other Deficits · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

The release of the BC Budget Second Quarterly report notes an increase in the projected budget deficit to $1.5 billion, up from $1.1 billion when the beans were first counted back in September. The growing deficit, amid a soft economy, is bound to get plenty of media attention. But this blog post is not about […]

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De-growth or growth? Maybe we don’t need to figure that out

May 16th, 2012 · · 4 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

There has recently been a renewed interest in the question of whether the ecological crisis means we need to see (or plan for) a stabilization or even a decline in economic growth. This week there is a major conference on degrowth in Montreal. York University’s Peter Victor has made important contributions to this debate in […]

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BC isn’t broke: putting teacher bargaining in perspective

March 2nd, 2012 · · 99 Comments · Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last Monday, BC teachers held a Day of Action in communities across the province to protest the BC government’s decision to legislate a contract and put an end to their collective bargaining process. I was invited to speak to teachers at the Surrey rally, where I had the opportunity to share some of my analysis […]

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