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Soaring housing costs causing living wage to increase in Metro Vancouver

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

VANCOUVER — The cost of raising a family in British Columbia increased slightly from 2017 to 2018. And if it hadn’t been for reductions in Medical Service Plan premiums and child care costs, the increase would have been higher, says the Living Wage for Families Campaign.

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The Monitor, May/June 2018

Sub Title: 
Two Worlds Collide
Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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Ontarians heading to the polls on June 7 face a stark choice between two visions of government and two styles of governing. The choice they make could reverberate across the country. A Progressive Conservative victory under the leadership of the right-wing populist Doug Ford would almost certainly usher in another period of harsh and unnecessary austerity, and has the potential to set racial and economic justice back decades.

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Winds of Change

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Saskatchewan's attitudes on Energy, Environment and Oil
Release Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2018
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16 pages
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As the second largest oil-producer in the country and home to a government that has vigorously promoted the oil industry and firmly opposed carbon pricing, one might assume that the Saskatchewan public is relatively united in their support for fossil fuel extraction. Winds of Change: Public Opinion on Energy Politics in Saskatchewan by Andrea Olive, Emily Eaton and Randy Besco demonstrates that the Saskatchewan public may not be as wedded to a future with fossil fuels as we might think.

Getting Around Metro Vancouver

Sub Title: 
A closer look at mobility pricing and fairness
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Release Date: 
Monday, April 16, 2018
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Mobility Pricing and Fairness in Metro Vancouver
SUMMARY Mobility Pricing and Fairness in Metro Vancouver
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28 pages
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In Metro Vancouver, congestion-induced delays are the norm on the region’s roads and bridges. If nothing is done, these problems will only worsen. This report explains that mobility pricing is one solution to Metro Vancouver’s transportation challenges.

Mobility pricing must be fair and equitable for all

As Metro Vancouver’s population has grown, so have its traffic congestion problems. Whether it’s a long wait to cross a bridge or get on a bus, everyone can relate to the additional time and stress caused by a transportation system under strain.

Mobility pricing is seen as a solution to Metro Vancouver’s transportation challenges with the current conversation largely about implementing new charges for private vehicles for use of public infrastructure.

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No Bad Option

Sub Title: 
Comparing the economic impacts of Ontario carbon pricing scenarios
Release Date: 
Monday, April 9, 2018
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No Bad Option: Comparing the economic impacts of Ontario carbon pricing scenarios
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24 pages
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This report was produced in partnership with the Clean Economy Alliance (CEA) to model the impact of two potential carbon pricing scenarios in Ontario: a revenue-neutral carbon tax meeting the requirements imposed by the federal government, or Ontario’s current a cap-and-trade system with revenues recycled into climate-related programs.

Course Correction

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A Blueprint to Fix Ontario’s Education Funding Formula
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Monday, March 26, 2018
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17 pages
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Twenty years after the Mike Harris Conservative government implemented its education funding formula in 1997, many of its core functions remain in place. By design, it was intended to squeeze funding for the system and to centralize control at the provincial level. It was based on the politics of division, pitting the educational needs of students and the need for infrastructure upgrades of schools against financial compensation of teachers and the power of local school boards.

Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2018

Sub Title: 
A Budget For the People
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Monday, March 19, 2018
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30 pages
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The Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2018 is a blueprint of a budget for the people. The report lays out a sustainable fiscal framework that supports the development of inclusive and prosperous communities, where we take care of each other and our environment.

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Alternative Federal Budget 2018

Sub Title: 
Getting There
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Number of pages in documents: 
156 pages
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The 2018 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) delivers a roadmap to where the country could be on the eve of the next federal election, if the government moves forward with bold action to deliver a progressive economic plan that leaves no one behind. If implemented, the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget: Getting There will reduce income inequality, lift close to a million people out of poverty, close unfair and expensive tax loopholes, and create 600,000 jobs while locking in the unemployment rate in the five per cent range.

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