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Entries Tagged as 'unemployment'

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Takes Jobs Away from Canadians

April 24th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Employment & labour

Yet another report, this time by SFU Public Policy Professor Dominique M. Gross, finds evidence that Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program is bad for domestic workers. The report looks at BC and Alberta specifically and concludes that the expansion of the TFW program between 2007 and 2010 resulted in an increase in unemployment levels by […]

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With BC’s job market stalled, it’s time for a jobs plan that actually works

August 13th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Provincial budget & finance

The latest BC job numbers reveal a picture of persistently high unemployment and stalled job creation. Since January, BC’s unemployment rate has been on a roller-coaster ride, down one month and up the next. All in all, here have been very few jobs created in 2013, far fewer than needed to employ our growing working […]

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Reality check on government spending: is the overspending fear mongering justified

May 9th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Both main parties in this election campaign are accusing the other of being big spenders. The BC Liberals claim the BC NDP is making election promises that are too expensive and argue the 1990s (the last time the NDP was in government) was a time of particularly high spending. The BC NDP points out that […]

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Living Wage Policy: Why Municipal Governments should lead the way

October 25th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

By Michael McCarthy Flynn and Seth Klein The Living Wage for Families Campaign, along with 54 organizations representing over 300,000 British Columbians, recently issued an Open Letter calling on all municipal election candidates to help low-income families in their cities by passing a Living Wage policy if they are elected (available here). Many families are […]

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Food Bank use takes a distressing jump

November 19th, 2009 · · 3 Comments · Poverty, inequality & welfare

On Tuesday, Food Banks Canada (the national association of food banks) released its annual Hunger Count report. While the report received some good national coverage (particularly on CBC), I was surprised to see no mention of it in the Vancouver Sun. The report, which surveys food banks across the country every March, found that in […]

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Where's Our Danny Boy (2)? Mayor of embattled town weighs in on needed forest reforms

May 11th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities

Few British Columbia communities have been hit as hard by the forest industry crisis as Mackenzie. Some 1,500 jobs, by mayor Stephanie Killam’s estimate, have been lost in the community as sawmills, planer mills and pulp and paper mills closed. With hundreds of good paying mill jobs gone, jobs in related service industries have disappeared […]

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Poverty reduction and the party platforms

May 7th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The CCPA is a member of the BC Poverty Reduction Committee, the network that has been pressing all the BC political parties to commit to a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Over 280 organizations have now signed an Open Letter to all the political parties calling on them to commit to a poverty reduciton plan with […]

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There is more to good economic policy than protecting the interests of employers

May 6th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

Next week’s election will take place in the midst of an economic crisis which hit our province seemingly out of the blue last fall and hit us hard, causing 69,000 job losses between November and March (the April numbers will be released on Friday, May 8, and are expected to be just as grim as […]

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BC's soaring EI claims

April 28th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Employment & labour

Today’s Statistics Canada release features the latest (February 2009) stats on Employment Insurance claims. From February 2008 to February 2009, the number of EI beneficiaries is up 69%. And the number is up 11.6% just between January and February. More evidence that the BC economy is in much worse shape than the major political parties […]

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The NDP Platform and BC's Economic Challenges

April 20th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Below is an oped of mine that was done at the request of the Vancouver Sun and that ran in today’s paper. Unfortunately, for reasons that are not entirely clear, the last two paragraphs were cut off, leaving the oped hanging. I put them back in below, and have requested that the online version be […]

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