BC Office Blog: Policy Note

Policy Note delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect British Columbians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, provincial budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Contributors include staff and research associates from the CCPA-BC. (The views expressed on the blog are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA.)

Latest posts from policynote.ca

The case for electoral reform

by Seth Klein and Vyas Saran on August 20, 2018 Debunking the claims of proportional representation naysayers This is the fourth post in a series explaining the benefits of proportional representation and debunking myths from...

Math is hard: The Fraser Institute’s “Consumer Tax Index” is a mess

by Alex Hemingway on August 17, 2018 As surely as the seasons pass, each year the Fraser Institute reissues its paint-by-numbers “Consumer Tax Index.” As usual, the latest release tries to create the impression that...

How BC is short-changing schools and how we can fix it

by Michal Rozworski on August 16, 2018 Students using 30-year-old textbooks, teachers buying basic supplies, schools permanently on edge of closing—this is the all too common face of public education in British...

Community Benefits Agreements add value to public infrastructure projects

by Alex Hemingway on August 14, 2018 The BC government recently announced that major new public infrastructure projects, such as the Pattullo Bridge, will be subject to a “Community Benefits Agreement.” The agreement...

The Petro State Lackey: How BC’s zest for natural gas fuels Alberta’s oil sands

by Ben Parfitt on August 8, 2018 In the past year, an energy dispute for the ages has played out in Canada, culminating in the federal government announcing that it will buy an aging oil pipeline for $4.5 billion...