Child poverty: How does BC stack up against those provinces with a plan?

May 29, 2010
A week ago, I appeared before the BC Legislature’s Standing Committee on Children and Youth. The committee, to its credit, had decided to spend a day hearing witnesses on the subject of child poverty, and what BC could do to make a difference. Among the points I raised with the committee: too often this issue… View Article

Early indicators of how the recession has hit BC’s poor

May 29, 2010
Just wanted to draw readers’ attention to a great op-ed piece in The Province newspaper this past Thursday: “Recession slammed BC’s poor; and it’s not over,” by Chandra Pasma. Chandra is a policy analyst with Citizens for Public Justice (a faith-based social justice group), and author of a recent report entitled Bearing the Brunt: How… View Article

Buying off industry

May 27, 2010
At first glance, the response of the forest sector and other large energy users to the province’s Clean Energy Act was surprising. Here is an Act that will force BC Hydro to waste literally billions of dollars to create an artificial demand for private power.  It will without question drive up BC Hydro’s rates far more… View Article

Privacy, Facebook and a New Information and Privacy Commissioner

May 24, 2010
Sometimes personal and policy issues collide or at least slide in side-by-side.  That happened for me when the BC Legislature appointed Elizabeth Denham as the province’s new Information and Privacy Commissioner on May 6th.  Denham’s biography shows she has a strong background in privacy issues.  From 2003 to 2007 she worked on private sector privacy… View Article

Summer reading: two experts on privatization

May 20, 2010
Policy Note has asked CCPA Research Associates who contribute to the blog to suggest some ideas for summer reading.  I am going to cheat a bit by suggesting two books.  I am going to cheat even more by admitting I haven’t read one of them. I spend a lot of my time reading and writing… View Article

The job market may be recovering but some jobs are not coming back

May 18, 2010
A recent article in The New York Times illustrates this point with the story of an unemployed administrative assistant in her 50s, who has not been able to find a job for over two years after being laid off. As the journalist explains, her difficulties are likely not the result of age discrimination, the weak… View Article