Making the case for public dental care

Jan 10, 2013
There is a classic episode of the Simpsons, where Mr Burns cuts the dental plan for the nuclear power plant. With Lisa needing braces, Homer becomes a union organizer and leads a strike against the plant to get back the dental plan. I thought about that episode when had to get a root canal this week. Because… View Article

Correction to carbon pricing paper

Jan 10, 2013
An error has been found in my 2011 carbon pricing paper. In Table 2 on page 17 the results presented at the time of publication were per capita not, as stated, per household. Runs modeled using Statistics Canada’s Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) for carbon tax must be done on a household basis…. View Article

A call for courageous leadership from BC parties in 2013

Jan 8, 2013
As we head towards the May 2013 BC election, what I’d most love to hear from BC’s political leaders is evidence that they are ready to get serious about the defining issues of this era. In particular, I’m going to be looking for real leadership on the issues of climate change and inequality (what we… View Article

Need for a Regional Police Force

Jan 3, 2013
Creating a Vancouver region police force is at least one recommendation of the Missing Women Inquiry that should be put into effect as soon as possible. This will be difficult, mainly because the RCMP, with a 20 year contract that was put in place last March, is not going to be easily dislodged from the… View Article

Are tax havens robbing the government of revenue from P3s? Nobody seems to care

Jan 2, 2013
When British Columbia sets up public private partnerships (P3s) to let the private sector operate hospitals, roads and bridges, one of the considerations is taxes. However, when down the road ownership of the P3 private operator gets moved to a tax haven, it appears there is no subsequent examination of the impact on provincial revenues…. View Article

Letter: Continue LiveSmartBC Energy Incentive Program

Dec 19, 2012
My letter to Christy Clark, Premier of BC; Rich Colman, Ministry of Energy and Mines; Mike de Jong, Ministry of Finance; Terry Lake, Minister of Environment; Adrian Dix, Leader of the Opposition; John Horgan, Official Opposition House Leader and Opposition Critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; Rob Fleming, Opposition Critic for Environment: I am a writing as an economist and lead… View Article