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Regarding Progress Energy’s exemption applications regarding its Lily and Town dams

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Submission to BC's Environmental Assessment Office
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Monday, October 2, 2017
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Regarding Progress Energy’s exemption applications regarding its Lily and Town dams
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7 pages
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Resource Policy Analyst Ben Parfitt sent this letter to BC’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in response to Progress Energy’s extraordinary request to retroactively exempt the Lily and Town dams from environmental reviews. Such reviews should have been conducted before the dams were built. Not only did those reviews not happen, but the company also failed to obtain other authorizations that it should have well before the dams were built. The Town dam was built in 2012. The Lily dam in 2014.

Splitting the Difference

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Who really benefits from small business income splitting?
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Splitting the Difference
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30 pages
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This report finds that the benefits of small business income splitting, also known as income sprinkling, are concentrated amongst Canada’s richest and that the loophole is not used by the vast majority of families declaring small business income. In fact, the report estimates that only 5 per cent of families receiving small business dividends are actively using income splitting.

At least 87 per cent of small biz families see no net benefit from income sprinkling: report

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

OTTAWA— The benefits of small-business income splitting, also known as income sprinkling, are concentrated amongst Canada’s richest and not used by the vast majority of families declaring small business income, according to new myth-busting research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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Revisiting the Economic Case for Site C

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Submission to the BC Utilities Commission Inquiry Respecting Site C
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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Revisiting the Economic Case for Site C
Revisiting the Economic Case for Site C — Appendix: Speaking Electric
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16 pages
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This brief focuses on the economic questions about Site C posed by the BC government to the BCUC. Informed by the economics of energy transition, it examines the links between the proposed Site C dam and fossil fuel extraction, and raises questions about the need for the electricity Site C would produce.

The Monitor, September/October 2017

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Sanctuary Cities
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Friday, September 1, 2017
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The Trudeau government has shone internationally on a progressive message of tolerance, openness, diversity and inclusive, sustainable economic growth. It says it wants to make globalization fair for everyone, and that, as the prime minister tweeted, Canada welcomes all people “fleeing persecution, terror & war.” But on a number of files the government has bent itself into a pretzel trying to square its beliefs with its actions. An underlying theme throughout this issue of the Monitor is the empty gesture.

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