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Policy Note

Policy Note delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect British Columbians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, provincial budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Contributors include staff and research associates from the B.C. Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The views expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA. Visit the CCPA's Policy Note blog at [url=www.policynote.ca]www.PolicyNote.ca.[/url]

Blog - Policy Note December 12
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Seth Klein | We've been given a chance -- a pause in the gold rush -- to move away from mindless fossil fuel expansion. That's not crazy -- that's good sense.
Blog - Policy Note December 11
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Kathleen Ruff | Human rights are everyone's business. The social climate we live in affects us all. That is why we need a Human Rights Commission in B.C.
Blog - Policy Note December 11
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Shelagh Day, Gwen Brodsky | Without a Commission, B.C. has no public institution that can take steps to prevent discrimination, educate the public, initiate inquiries on systemic issues, and promote human rights compliance.
Blog - Policy Note December 3
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Kendra Milne | Will the B.C. government create and implement poverty reduction legislation that reflects the transparency, accountability and coordination required to make it more than another piece of paper?
Blog - Policy Note December 1
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Seth Klein | The claim that minimum wage increases will kill jobs is old and tired, and has been firmly refuted. Minimum wages do matter to poverty reduction.
Blog - Policy Note November 25
Iglika Ivanova | One in five B.C. children lives in poverty. This is the sobering finding of the 2014 BC Child Poverty Report Card released on November 24.
Blog - Policy Note November 21
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Iglika Ivanova | What can be done to create meaningful, sustainable, family-supporting jobs in B.C. and Canada? Here's a list of 31 ideas.
Blog - Policy Note November 20
Marc Lee | One great thing Statscan has done in recent years is to make its data freely available, so Marc Lee went to dig deeper on national, B.C. and Vancouver trends. Here are some key takeaways.
Blog - Policy Note November 11
Iglika Ivanova | A new report from the CCPA takes a closer look at childcare fees in Canada's biggest 22 cities and shows just how unaffordable child care has become everywhere outside of Quebec.
Blog - Policy Note October 27
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Keith Reynolds | The issue is about more than tax dollars, it is about the services those tax dollars provide. And lower taxes don't always mean either better government or happier citizens.
Blog - Policy Note October 24
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Marc Lee | Well, we saw this coming but it's still sobering to see it in black and white. The B.C. government's decision to cut its proposed LNG Income Tax in half is simply a cave-in to industry.
Blog - Policy Note October 23
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Marc Lee | The B.C. government's proposed carbon pollution benchmarks for LNG plants leave much to be desired. The package is an impressive display of cognitive dissonance.
Blog - Policy Note October 22
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Vanessa Brcic | Though my work binds me to a movement that is standing up for compassionate, equitable and healthy public policy, the Welfare Food Challenge has taught me something more.
Blog - Policy Note October 17
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Marc Lee | British Columbia spent $19.5 billion on new housing in 2012. So why is none of it affordable?
Blog - Policy Note October 8
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Marc Lee | This legislative sitting will be an important one for shaping the future of LNG in B.C. Will one or more companies make final investment decisions? And if they do will there be any public benefits?
Blog - Policy Note September 23
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Janet Newbury | We have the capacity to strengthen our economy in ways that are equitable and sustainable. To do so, we must recognize the public sector as an asset to achieving social and economic well-being in B.C.
Blog - Policy Note September 22
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Keith Reynolds | From public transit to sewage treatment, many local issues are connected to the growing crisis confronting towns and cities in Canada facing growing costs and limited revenues.
Blog - Policy Note September 11
Marc Lee | There is no reason why B.C. cannot afford to really put families first, and invest in a first-class public education system.
Blog - Policy Note August 26
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Vanessa Brcic | The Cambie trial to be heard in B.C. Supreme Court is an opportunity to turn our attention to the blinding ethical discord that lies beneath the growing for-profit health-care industry in Canada.
Blog - Policy Note August 25
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Iglika Ivanova | In the wake of the Mount Polley Mine spill, it's time to reconsider the dangers of deregulation more broadly and rebuild government's capacity to effectively protect the public interest.
Blog - Policy Note August 14
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Iglika Ivanova | Affordability is becoming the new buzzword of the B.C. government. But what does affordability mean for a provincial government? And what are the consequences of not investing in education and health?
Blog - Policy Note August 13
Iglika Ivanova | A comprehensive analysis of all taxes that Canadian families actually pay shows clearly the erosion of tax fairness that accompanied the tax cuts of the early 2000s.
Blog - Policy Note July 23
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Keith Reynolds | The value of B.C.'s contractual obligations going into the future has dwarfed the value of future debt. And much of the spending is far more questionable than the things our debt will buy us.
Blog - Policy Note July 21
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Marc Lee | As we look down the road towards an LNG industry that threatens to completely blow B.C.'s GHG targets, be wary of claims that offsets will absolve our carbon sins.
Blog - Policy Note July 18
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Marvin Shaffer | The issue is not whether the promise of a debt-free B.C. will be achieved. The issue is whether it was ever a reasonable policy objective in the first place.
Blog - Policy Note July 11
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Kendra Strauss | Jason Kenney's changes do not address any of the problems with the TFWP. He might claim to be putting Canadian workers first, but he is hardly playing fair with Canadian immigration policy.
Blog - Policy Note June 23
Kendra Milne | Aside from stark omissions, there are serious problems with the issues that are covered in the plan. We can do better.
Blog - Policy Note June 20
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Marvin Shaffer | One of the more disheartening features of the commentary on the economic benefits offered by major resource projects is the general failure to properly assess what those benefits in fact are.
Blog - Policy Note June 20
Iglika Ivanova | The theory is very simple: resource development would lead to economic growth and economic growth would lead to higher wages for everyone, including teachers. But does it actually work in practice?
Blog - Policy Note June 13
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Jonathan Chapnick | In April, B.C.'s Law Society approved the accreditation of TWU's law school, which discriminates against LGBTQ students. This week, over 3,000 Law Society members voted to reverse that decision.