Ministry of Environment Cuts: Will That be Oil With Your Water?

Sep 17, 2010
British Columbians already have scant information on the number of toxic oil and hazardous waste spills in the province. They may soon have a lot loss. This, at a time when provincial environmental personnel are stretched razor thin in responding to the nearly 4,000 such spills that occur each year in the province. This year,… View Article

Our priorities for BC Budget 2011

Sep 17, 2010
On September 15, I presented CCPA-BC’s recommendations for BC Budget 2011 at the Vancouver BC Budget Consultation public hearing. Take a look at my presentation slides for a brief overview of our take on BC’s current budget situation and economic outlook, and our advice for leading the province’s recovery…. View Article

The Globe’s Report on Private Schools

Sep 15, 2010
If there was truth in news reporting, the Globe’s “report” on private schools (Sept. 14) would be labeled a “special advertising supplement”. It is essentially a cheerleading exercise for private schools, funded by advertising from private schools, so you’ll find no news in this report. Which is too bad because the topic of private schools… View Article

Young university grads having a hard time in the Canadian labour market

Sep 13, 2010
An interesting chart from The Economist shows that over a third of young university graduates in Canada end up working in low skilled jobs. In fact, Canada is second only to Spain in the OECD when it comes to young grads employed in jobs that fail to take advantage of their skills. There is certainly… View Article

BC’s economic management brilliant says Premier

Sep 10, 2010
I’m sitting here today where most economists are saying we have the best economy in the country and we have opportunities not just for job growth but investment growth that are unmatched anywhere in the continent. (Gordon Campbell speaking to reporters this week) The Liberal government has always claimed its biggest virtue is economic competence…. View Article

With a thud on my door, it arrived …

Sep 8, 2010
… The Labour Day issue of the Vancouver Courier. It even had a story I was interested in, a lead article on local food, and another on the sustainability of fisheries. Good on small-scale independent journalism, I thought, until the moment I took off its rubber band to reveal an inch-thick pile of glossy inserts…. View Article