To address health inequalities, look beyond the role of individual responsibility

Aug 13, 2012
A new report by the Canadian Medical Association provides a timely reminder that money buys better health, even in a country with a universal public healthcare system. A poll commissioned by the CMA found a large and increasing gap between the health status of  Canadians in lower income groups (household income less than $30,000) and… View Article

Silencing the outriders, silencing democracy

Aug 13, 2012
Since taking power federally in 2006, the Conservative government has undertaken a continuous attack on civil society organizations.  One of the government’s first actions was to cut support for women’s organizations that lobbied or did research on the status of women.  Environmental organizations have been accused of acting in the interest of foreign powers. Revenue… View Article

Canada’s Emissions Deception

Aug 8, 2012
The federal government released an updated Canada’s Emission Trends 2012 report today. In a remarkable shift in federal rhetoric just this past week, the Harperites now appear to be more sensitive to concerns about the Enbridge pipeline and climate change more generally. But appearances can be deceiving and there is good reason to believe the current charm… View Article

The staggering future costs of the BC government’s contracts

Jul 27, 2012
As usual, there has been quite a hubbub surrounding this week’s release of British Columbia’s Public Accounts.  The provincial auditor says the provincial deficit is $520 million more than the government admits. And then there is the Auditor General’s review of finances at the legislature that found “substantial irregularities.” But all of the above is… View Article

The case for exempting child support from welfare

Jul 20, 2012
Based on recent announcements, it seems that the Ministry of Social Development is in the mood to address some of the long-standing problems within BC’s welfare system (although welfare rates remain distressingly low). Seth Klein recently recapped the Ministry’s June 11th announcement, which set out almost 30 proposed changes to the system. More recently, the… View Article

“Burning a little gas” to fire up our natural gas indusry? Let’s give our heads a shake.

Jul 17, 2012
With each passing month and no firm commitments by company shareholders to commit the billions of dollars required to build a natural gas pipeline to B.C.’s west coast or the billions more to build Liquefied Natural Gas processing plants, questions arise about the economic wisdom of gas exports from the province. But that isn’t stopping… View Article