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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 September 5
Keith Reynolds | Labour Day is a good time to review what unions have given us and what has been lost in much of the world as governments reduce the rights of working people to choose to act collectively.
Blog - Policy Note August 30
Iglika Ivanova | One of the first things I did after the HST referendum results came out was look at how different electoral districts voted. Was the vote split along income lines?
Blog - Policy Note August 27
Iglika Ivanova | Now that the HST debate is over, it would be great to see some of the energy and focus dedicated to debating the HST be redirected to designing solutions to the real challenges facing B.C.
Blog - Policy Note August 17
Marvin Shaffer | BC Hydro needs to be able to acquire its energy needs more flexibly and cost-effectively than what government policy allows.
Blog - Policy Note August 12
Keith Reynolds | The call for the creation of an Auditor General for B.C.'s municipalities almost seems like a "no-brainer," doesn't it?
Blog - Policy Note August 12
Ben Parfitt | Is aggressive marketing of the lowest value of all forest products -- raw logs -- along with growing shipments of low-value commodity lumber products to China a wise move for B.C.'s forest industry?
Blog - Policy Note August 9
Keith Reynolds | Last week Philip Hochstein had an op-ed in the Vancouver Province accusing municipalities of profligate spending and accusing municipal workers of being vastly overpaid.
Blog - Policy Note August 4
Ben Parfitt | It has been a year since word began to percolate in the Hudson's Hope area that Talisman Energy Inc. was eyeing the Williston Reservoir as a long-term source of water.
Blog - Policy Note July 18
Ben Parfitt | It is spun in government press releases as a "first" for any jurisdiction in North America, an achievement that places British Columbia "on the leading edge" of efforts to combat climate change.
Blog - Policy Note July 13
Marc Lee | Besides the carbon tax, one of the most important B.C. government climate action initiatives has been the adoption of Carbon Neutral Government.
Blog - Policy Note July 11
Marc Lee | Any day now the B.C. government should be releasing the latest greenhouse gas data for the province, and we will see if any progress is being made towards a legislated reduction in emissions by 2020.
Blog - Policy Note June 28
Marc Lee | With much of the talk on taxes in B.C. about the HST, we issued a new report today that looks at the bigger context for B.C.'s tax system.
Blog - Policy Note June 27
Marc Lee | Last week, BC Stats put out a release with the headline "Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs) are a Poor Measure of Poverty."
Blog - Policy Note June 20
Marvin Shaffer | The campaign to save the HST is rather shameless, not to mention bad public policy.
Blog - Policy Note June 16
Sarah Leavitt | B.C.'s child poverty rate rose to 12 per cent in 2009, the highest child poverty rate of any province for the eighth year in a row.
Blog - Policy Note June 15
Ben Parfitt | Anyone wanting to see just how dysfunctional politics in B.C. has become should check out Bob Simpson's recent Private Members' statement in the provincial legislature.
Blog - Policy Note June 10
Keith Reynolds | Last week Premier Christy Clark took the unprecedented step of promising there would be public consultation regarding the province's position on the CETA.
Blog - Policy Note June 8
Peter Prontzos | It is now clear that economic, and social variables -- more than individual behaviour -- are the most salient factors in determining people's well-being.
Blog - Policy Note June 2
Seth Klein | The campaigners against the HST should take some satisfaction from the fact that they made the government say "uncle."
Blog - Policy Note August 23
Seth Klein | If the 492 Tamil asylum-seekers who recently arrived by boat on B.C.'s shores are "queue-jumpers," then I guess my parents were too.
Blog - Policy Note April 21
Iglika Ivanova | There are a lot of things wrong with Fraser Institute's math. Here are just a few of them.
Blog - Policy Note April 7
Seth Klein | 'Mending Canada's frayed social safety net: The role of municipal governments' looks at key social indicators in 24 Canadian municipalities.
Blog - Policy Note February 16
Seth Klein | The Games may produce a marginal increase in tourism for a few years. But in a world wrestling with climate change, will rising oil prices make the cost of air travel prohibitive?