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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 April 8
Photo: 350.org/Flickr
Marc Lee | B.C.'s 2013 election comes at an important moment in history. Worldwide, extreme weather events are making a powerful statement that climate change can no longer be denied.
Blog - Policy Note April 3
Janet Newbury | With a provincial election just around the corner in B.C. and municipal elections to follow, this is a good time citizens to think about how we can be more engaged in the democratic process.
Blog - Policy Note April 2
Marc Lee | Below is the summary for our latest Climate Justice Project report, Closing the Loop: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Creating Green Jobs through Zero Waste in B.C.
Blog - Policy Note April 1
Seth Klein | One of the more contentious issues regarding the B.C. government's record concerns the issue of social housing. To hear Minister Rich Coleman tell it, B.C.'s record has been above and beyond.
Blog - Policy Note March 20
Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova, Shannon Daub | Most British Columbians are prepared to pay a little more of their income in taxes, provided it results in better access to public services, less poverty, and a healthier environment.
Blog - Policy Note March 12
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Keith Reynolds | British Columbia's government announced it had extended its agreement with Maximus BC, a U.S. subsidiary corporation, to manage B.C.'s health information for another five years.
Blog - Policy Note March 4
BC Tax Revenues By Source As a Share of GDP, 2000/01 and 2011/12/ Iglika Ivanova
Seth Klein | For all the faults in last week's B.C. Budget (and there were many), it's worth noting that the conversation about taxes has fundamentally shifted, and in a welcome direction.
Blog - Policy Note March 1
Photo: Aidan Wakely-Mulroney/Flickr
Keith Reynolds | If there is a new government in B.C. on May 15, it will be confronted with issues that make the transition harder than most government changeovers we have seen in the past.
Blog - Policy Note February 26
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Keith Reynolds | Maybe we have a balanced budget, but if we do it comes at the price of reckless and continuous undermining of education and social supports in B.C.
Blog - Policy Note February 25
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Janine Farrell | The centrepiece of the B.C. government's response to the crisis in B.C.'s care system was the announcement that it would create an Office of the Seniors Advocate.
Blog - Policy Note February 22
Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan. Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr
Janine Farrell | The provincial government has done little to take up valuable recommendations on seniors issues raised by the Ombudsperson, and neither the throne speech or budget contained plans to do so in future.
Blog - Policy Note February 18
Photo: Chris Fane/Flickr
Seth Klein, Shannon Daub | Here's the big dilemma: Whatever reforms are made to Parliamentary practice and conduct, the simple truth is that, for now, citizens have lost faith in politicians.
Blog - Policy Note February 13
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Iglika Ivanova | Yesterday's Speech from the Throne reads more like a list of what this government sees as its main achievements than a true framework for going forward.
Blog - Policy Note February 12
Photo: United Way of the Lower Mainland/Flickr
Seth Klein | As many of you have likely heard, late last week we at the CCPA lost a great friend, and Canada lost one of its greatest advocates for children.
Blog - Policy Note February 11
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Seth Klein, Adrienne Montani | With the inaugural Family Day, Premier Christy Clark has made good on a promise made during her bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. But what of other promises made by the premier?
Blog - Policy Note January 31
Iglika Ivanova | In a new report we released this week, Seth Klein and I show there's a clear need for tax reform in B.C., both to raise new revenues and to make our tax system more fair.
Blog - Policy Note January 25
Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr
Kendra Milne, Jess Hadley | Earlier this week, we read with interest Kathy Tomlinson's January 21 CBC Go Public story, "Landlords 'powerless' as tenants get free ride."
Blog - Policy Note January 23
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Marc Lee | Gambling has long been with us, from poker parties and hockey pools through to lottery tickets and horse racing. But casinos are a form of gambling that has seen a massive expansion.
Blog - Policy Note January 18
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Ben Parfitt | The B.C. government, First Nations and environmental organizations alike have all hailed it as an ecological triumph and a shining beacon of a new economic order based on conservation principles.
Blog - Policy Note January 17
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Marc Lee | I believe that the government's job should not be to be cheerleaders for proposals, but should make a ruling in the public interest by carefully weighing both benefits and costs.
Blog - Policy Note January 15
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Marc Lee | B.C.'s carbon tax was introduced in July 2008 at a level of $10 per tonne. Budget 2013 marks a key decision about whether the carbon tax will continue to be increased.
Blog - Policy Note January 9
British Columbia Parliament Building. Photo: scazon/Flickr
Seth Klein | As we head towards the May 2013 B.C. election, what I'd most love to hear from B.C.'s political leaders is evidence that they are ready to get serious about the defining issues of this era.
Blog - Policy Note January 4
Keith Reynolds | Here in British Columbia there is complete silence on the issue from both the government and the media.
Blog - Policy Note December 20
Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr
Marc Lee | I am writing as an economist and lead investigator for the Climate Justice Project of the CCPA, but also personally as a past recipient of subsidies from the LiveSmartBC Energy Incentive Program.
Blog - Policy Note December 17
Bertram Beach in Kelowna B.C. Photo: erwlas/Flickr
Marc Lee | People wanted to know what the future looked like, so I went into Google Calendar and booked myself for New Year's Day, 2040, to write a letter back to myself about what things look like then.
Blog - Policy Note December 5
Image: BC Gov Photos/Flickr
Marc Lee | As we close out 2012, B.C. finds itself in some precarious economic waters. Looking forward, the economic ball is in the government's court.
Blog - Policy Note November 22
Marc Lee | What we really need is a strategic management framework that winds down our gas reserves over the next couple of decades, transitions to a zero carbon economy, and on the way provides revenues.
Blog - Policy Note October 23
Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr
Rita Chudnovsky | The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC have a plan to solve B.C.'s child-care crisis.
Blog - Policy Note September 27
UBCM keynote address. Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr
Keith Reynolds | One of the major topics of discussion at the annual gathering of the Union of BC Municipalities has been the taxes local governments collect to provide their services.
Blog - Policy Note September 13
Photo: Valerie Williams/Flickr
Diana Guenther | The history of youth, family and social services in B.C. is characterized by privatization, a fragmentation of service delivery, underfunding, frequent restructuring and a business model logic.