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Faulty assumptions about pipelines and tidewater access

The federal and Alberta governments and the oil industry argue that pipelines to tidewater will unlock new markets where Canadian oil can command a better price than in the US, where the majority of Canadian oil is currently exported.

Both governments have approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project, but a new report finds that several assumptions that led to the pipeline’s approval are questionable and that a ‘tidewater premium’ does not exist.

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Preferential Treatment

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The History and Cost of Tax Exemptions, Credits, and Loopholes in Canada
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Preferential Treatment: The History and Cost of Tax Exemptions, Credits, and Loopholes in Canada
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42 pages
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Preferential tax treatments such as tax exemptions, credits, and loopholes have become a cash cow for Canada’s rich. This report analyzes the country’s 10 costliest preferential tax treatments, starting with the richest 10% of Canadians, which is responsible for 42 per cent of the federal money spent on these types of tax expenditures (up from 36% in 1992).

Tracking Progress

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Evaluating government plans and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada
Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Tracking Progress: Evaluating government plans and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada
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62 pages
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This report finds that Canadian climate change policy remains underdeveloped and plagued by a wide “ambition gap” between government promises and policy action. The report breaks down the success and shortcomings of current Canadian climate policy at the federal and provincial levels, and makes recommendations that would set the country on a path toward an inclusive and productive low-carbon economy.

Weathering the storm: is this the end of CRA’s political activities audits?

Yesterday, following a panel’s recommendation to allow charities more freedom to speak out, the federal government decided to suspend the Canada Revenue Agency’s controversial political activities audit program.

Indeed this is good news for Canadian charities. Everyone at the CCPA is proud of the role our organization has played in challenging these audits and in drawing attention to the chill effect they had on environmental and social justice organizations However, the CCPA still awaits closure on its own political audit.

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Aggressively reduce emissions and provide affordable energy

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Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2017 Backgrounder on Energy and Climate Change
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Thursday, May 4, 2017
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Aggressively reduce emissions and provide affordable energy: Nova Scotia Alternative Budget 2017 Backgrounder on Energy and Climate Change
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9 pages
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With the looming federal government deadline for provinces to institute their own carbon pricing scheme or have it imposed, the next Nova Scotia government will have a small window to move forward. This backgrounder urges the next provincial government to prioritize the transition to a greener economy and outlines a progressive policy on carbon pricing that should be adopted instead of the one being currently proposed.

Unauthorized dams built in BC's northeast for energy companies' fracking

A subsidiary of Malaysian state-owned Petronas, the company behind a massive Liquefied Natural Gas plant proposal near Prince Rupert, has built at least 16 large unauthorized dams in northeast BC to trap water used for fracking operations, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has learned. Read the report.

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Petronas subsidiary failed to get regulatory approval before building at least 16 large dams in BC to trap freshwater for fracking operations, CCPA investigation reveals

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

VANCOUVER – A subsidiary of Malaysian state-owned Petronas, the company behind a massive Liquefied Natural Gas plant proposal near Prince Rupert, has built at least 16 large unauthorized dams in northeast BC to trap water used for fracking operations, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has learned. 

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The Monitor, May/June 2017

Sub Title: 
Views of Canada at 150
Release Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017
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There is an important difference between celebration and commemoration. In considering Canada 150, the government tagline for this year’s sesquicentennial festivities, the contributors to this special issue of the Monitor argue too little of what we are seeing can, or is even intended to, lead the country to a fuller understanding of its history. To truly commemorate—whether it is Canada’s Confederation or any other moment—we need to address those things we find distasteful and disappointing, as well as those things that make us proud.

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The Monitor, May/June 2017
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Working for a Living Wage 2017

Sub Title: 
Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Working for a Living Wage 2017
Working for a Living Wage 2017 Calculation Guide
Working for a Living Wage 2017 Calculation Spreadsheet
Working for a Living Wage 2008 Original Report
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8 pages
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For those seeking to calculate the living wage in other BC and Canadian communities, you can download the living wage calculation guide and spreadsheet (below). And please let the Living Wage Campaign know what you come up with — they're working on keeping track of amounts across the province and across Canada: info@livingwageforfamilies.ca.

You can also contact the campaign if you want to become a living wage employer or to participate in the work of the campaign.