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Making decarbonization work for workers

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Policies for a just transition to a zero-carbon economy in Canada
Release Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018
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36 pages
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Communities across Canada need a national strategy to ensure the move to a zero-carbon economy leaves no one behind. For the first time, this report uses census data to identify the regions in each province with the greatest reliance on fossil fuel jobs. The new analysis comes after the federal government announced last fall it will launch a task force in 2018 on a “just transition” policy framework for certain sectors.

Restoring Forestry in BC

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The story of the industry’s decline and the case for regional management
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Release Date: 
Monday, January 22, 2018
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36 pages
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This report finds that instead of environmental stewardship, BC has advanced policies of liquidating forests by clear-cutting countless valleys and allowing giant corporations to demolish this great natural asset and move on.

With regional management BC’s iconic forest industry can benefit British Columbians rather than multinational corporations

Forests are one of the iconic symbols of British Columbia, and successive governments and companies operating here have largely focussed on the cheap, commodity lumber business that benefits industry. Former provincial forestry minister Bob Williams, who has been involved with the industry for five decades, proposes regional management of this valuable natural resource to benefit the public forests and the surrounding communities that depend upon them for economic benefits and jobs. 

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Canada's Track Record Under NAFTA Chapter 11

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North American Investor-State Disputes to January 2018
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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48 pages
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The CCPA maintains and regularly updates a list of all investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) claims brought against North American governments under NAFTA Chapter 11. As of January 1, 2018, Canada has paid out nearly $220 million in NAFTA losses and settlements, all to U.S. investors, and currently faces eight active claims in which investors are demanding approximately half a billion dollars. To this amount we can now add $95 million in unrecoverable legal costs paid by Canada in defending ISDS cases, thanks to information acquired through an access to information request.

Climbing Up and Kicking Down

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Executive Pay in Canada
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Release Date: 
Monday, January 1, 2018
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Climbing Up and Kicking Down: Full Report
Plus haut, plus cher, inégalitaire
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23 pages
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The eleventh in an annual series, this year's report on CEO compensation finds that, for the first time, Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs netted 209 times more than the average worker made in 2016. Canadian CEOs are again taking home pre-2008-crisis levels of compensation, pushing the income gap between Canada’s top executives and the average worker to record highs.

Our Schools/Our Selves: Winter 2018 is online now!

For the first time, this winter we are making Our Schools/Our Selves available in its entirety online. This issue of Our Schools/Our Selves focuses on a number of key issues that education workers, parents, students, and public education advocates are confronting in schools and communities, and offers on-the-ground commentary and analysis of what needs to be done for us to get this process right. It also provides updates from other jurisdictions grappling with the restructuring—or its aftermathof education.

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The Monitor, January/February 2018

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Climging up and kicking down
Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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Canada's top CEOs are breaking pay records, yet they are some of the first people to oppose raising the minimum wage and making our tax system fairerkey planks of any progressive plan to reduce income inequality. This issue of the Monitor hones in on the power of Canada's executive shareholder class, how they are reshaping public services, taxes, trade policy and Canada's response to climate change in their own interests, which is not necessarily in the public interest.

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Suppressed report shows hundreds of BC’s fracked gas wells may leak methane, underscores need for public inquiry

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

VANCOUVER—BC’s Oil and Gas Commission withheld a report from the public for four years showing that 900 gas wells could be leaking methane - a finding that highlights why a public inquiry into oil and gas industry fracking operations is needed. 

The Commission published the December 2013 report on its website on November 20 after a copy of the document was leaked. 

The document shows that nearly 50 fracked gas wells were leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and that up to 900 gas wells could be leaking and potentially contaminating groundwater sources. 

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