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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
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Shannon Daub | British Columbians want income to be much more equally distributed than they believe it to be now. However, voters significantly underestimated B.C.'s overall income inequality.
Blog - Policy Note March 28
"Housing Now" sign at Annual Women's Housing March
Marc Lee | With an election in sight, we need B.C.'s political parties to engage in a race to the top, putting new and substantial proposals on the table to build the affordable housing people need.
Blog - Policy Note January 26
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Alex Hemingway | If Trump's infrastructure plan is a "privatization scam," what should we call ours?
Blog - Policy Note January 12
Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova | The headline-making job creation numbers mask large regional disparities across the province. Outside Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria, B.C.'s jobs story is nothing to brag about.
Blog - Policy Note December 24
Marc Lee | Assumptions regarding the economic benefits of the Trans Mountain expansion lead to exaggerated numbers that are simply too good to be true.
Blog - Policy Note December 2
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Vanessa Brcic | The enculturation of fear and hatred helps people avoid confronting suffering with a veil of illusory self-protection.
Blog - Policy Note January 28
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Suzanne Smythe | As we welcome refugees in larger numbers this year, the spotlight is turned on our disintegrating social infrastructure.
Blog - Policy Note January 27
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Seth Klein | New federal finance minister Bill Morneau has invited Canadians to submit their ideas and priorities for the next Federal Budget.
Blog - Policy Note January 25
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Marvin Shaffer | The political appeal of a revenue neutral carbon tax is clear. But a tax at anywhere near current or proposed tax levels simply won't work.
Blog - Policy Note January 12
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Keith Reynolds | Last week British Columbia's provincial Finance Minister announced a $100,000 (9.1 per cent) increase in the threshold for the province's homeowner grant, raising it to $1.2 million.
Blog - Policy Note January 5
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Seth Klein | B.C.'s LNG hopes are simply incompatible with any realistic notion of Canada meeting its obligations to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
Blog - Policy Note December 15
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Marc Lee | So did we save the planet? The answer is maybe: IF countries go back and deliver on their commitments, and IF they table more ambitious policies in the coming years.
Blog - Policy Note December 3
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Shannon Daub, Bill Carroll | One of the key steps we can take towards a more level democratic playing field is to create greater transparency. The Corporate Mapping Project promises to shine a light on the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Policy Note December 2
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Shannon Daub, Bill Carroll | As world leaders meet in Paris for the UN climate conference, the spotlight is being turned on the fossil fuel industry's tremendous economic and political clout.
Blog - Policy Note December 1
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Kevin Harding | Many Canadians believe there's a trade-off to be made between employment and environmental sustainability. But that doesn't have to be the case, particularly if we look at co-ops as a source of jobs.
Blog - Policy Note November 27
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Iglika Ivanova | Yesterday, the B.C. provincial government released its 2015/16 Second Quarterly Report. The news is not very good.
Blog - Policy Note November 26
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Iglika Ivanova | This week, the provincial government released its update on where provincial finances are at six months into the fiscal year and where the economy is heading. The news is not very good.
Blog - Policy Note November 19
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Iglika Ivanova | It seems economic growth post-recession has done little to improve the lives of B.C.'s most vulnerable residents -- those who rely on food banks to feed themselves and their families.
Blog - Policy Note November 18
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Seth Klein | Today we need a federal government that can lead us not into battle against other nations, but rather, into the fight for our collective future.
Blog - Policy Note November 13
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Marc Lee | The CCPA-BC have uncovered a pattern of misinformation about LNG, coming primarily from the government, which should be looking out for the public interest instead of blindly championing the industry.
Blog - Policy Note November 4
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Keith Reynolds | Plans for new Senate appointments claim to be based on "merit" chosen by "a non-partisan panel of distinguished Canadians." How likely is that to happen?
Blog - Policy Note November 3
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Kendra Milne | After an election campaign in which women's equality became a rhetorical tool, Canada has opted for a more hopeful federal government. But where does that leave women in B.C.?
Blog - Policy Note November 2
Marc Lee | Residential care services have been experiencing austerity for a long time, and this adversely affects the quality of care we are providing to seniors in B.C.
Blog - Policy Note October 30
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Marc Lee | For many years, B.C.'s health care system escaped the austerity imposed on other parts of the public sector. No longer.
Blog - Policy Note October 26
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Seth Klein, Shannon Daub | A minority government would have given progressive movements more leverage to demand timely and effective action, but the Liberal platform nevertheless includes many positive policies and commitments.
Blog - Policy Note October 23
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Seth Klein, Shannon Daub | The reversal of fortunes between the NDP and the Liberals deserves careful consideration, as it provides important lessons for progressives.
Blog - Policy Note October 16
Vanessa Brcic | As a family physician, the most important way I can help (and not harm) my patients, is to vote for health care in this election.
Blog - Policy Note October 14
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Janet Newbury | The primary challenge ahead of us is not to imagine possible alternatives to this system that enslaves so many. What we must do now is in fact take the leap, make some commitments, and join the flow.
Blog - Policy Note October 13
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Iglika Ivanova, Lynell Anderson | Canada's patchwork system of child care could soon change, as many of the major political parties are proposing some form of a national child-care program. So how strong are the promises being made?
Blog - Policy Note October 8
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Seth Klein | The Pembina Institute conducted a poll with EKOS Research, assessing support for climate action among Albertans. The results are fascinating and hopeful.