Don’t be fooled by the Fraser Institute’s fearmongering on taxes

Jun 14, 2017
The latest “Alert” from the Fraser Institute hits a new low in misrepresenting reality. The article claims to analyze the impact of proposed NDP-Green tax changes on BC families but their so-called “analysis” is pure fiction. In their election platform, the NDP proposed raising taxes for the wealthiest British Columbians and for large corporations as… View Article

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline approval based on false assumptions

Jun 14, 2017
Once the political reality of British Columbia is determined, next steps on energy projects like Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Site C dam will follow. And while the federal government has approved the pipeline expansion, the BC NDP and Green Party—which have signed a power-sharing agreement following the provincial election—say they will… View Article

Historic gains in Ontario workers’ rights: What BC can learn

Jun 12, 2017
In light of the growth and prevalence of precarious employment and the lack of decent conditions of employment for vulnerable workers, labour advocates and unions in Ontario campaigned for improvements to employment and labour relations laws. As a result of their campaign, in February 2015, Ontario’s provincial government established an independent review headed by two… View Article

Book review – The broken ladder: How inequality affects the way we think, live and die

Jun 6, 2017
The following is a review of  The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne, published by Viking in May 2017. In 2016 Oxfam made the almost unbelievable announcement that the richest 62 people in the world had as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population. That was… View Article

Four lessons about electoral reform for a new BC government

Jun 5, 2017
Under their recent agreement, the BC NDP and Greens have promised a referendum on electoral reform in BC. This is great news. A huge amount of good could come from changing our outdated first-past-the-post (FPTP) system, as Alex Himelfarb argued in a recent analysis for CCPA (although he was speaking to the federal context). Let’s… View Article

To protect her legacy, Premier Clark should put a moratorium on the destruction of documents

Jun 1, 2017
British Columbia is in interesting times politically and that makes transparency around government decisions more important than ever. It is both a medium-term issue and a critical short-term issue. Controversies around access to government information dogged the government in recent years. The “triple delete” scandal saw a government functionary fined $2,500 for making false statements… View Article