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Highlights of recent CCPA-BC research. Inside this issue Time to rethink BC’s LNG plans by Ben Parfitt; Why wheelchair fees are not fair and what they say about the state of seniors care in BC by Janine Farrell; Why does BC have the highest poverty rate in Canada? by Iglika Ivanova; BC government to blame for looming BC Hydro rate increases by Marvin Shaffer; Water withdrawal stats run dry by Ben ParfittInvestor alert: TSX over-valued due to a “carbon bubble” by Marc Lee
Halifax, NS – The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia is pleased to release our latest report Working Together For Fairness.  The report critically analyzes the current government’s record in five policy areas over the past four years and makes recommendations for progressive next steps.
This report critically analyzes the current Nova Scotia government’s record in five policy areas (health care, jobs and the economy, poverty, occupational health & safety, and Nova Scotia Power) over the past four years and makes recommendations for progressive next steps. The report was funded by the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour based on issues identified as priorities by workers and their families. For more about this report, please contact our Nova Scotia Office.
The recent announcement of a $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions has been unpopular — particularly given the simultaneous announcement of pay raises for top government political staff.
This screening kit provides background information and a facilitator's discussion guide for The Remaining Light, a documentary film about how we care for seniors. You can find out more about The Remaining Light or watch it online here. You can order a free copy of the DVD and/or this screening kit by contacting bcseniors[at]policyalternatives.ca, or 604-801-5121 x222.
The European Union (EU) and Canada are currently negotiating a new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) (European Commission 2011). In early 2010, the negotiating text was leaked and posted to the Trade Justice Network website, raising a variety of red flags for European member states.
Canadians generally are not as wildly and uncritically patriotic as Americans. We don’t continually wave the Maple Leaf flag and boast about our country’s social and economic pre-eminence. But most of us – quietly and unostentatiously -- are proud of Canada and glad we live here.
For the past year, Canadian national news outlets have led a distracting narrative about the status of abortion in Canada. They have focused almost solely on covering two motions in the House of Commons -- motions with the potential to reopen the abortion debate. The first motion proposed to study when a fetus in utero becomes a person, the second to have Parliament condemn sex-selective abortion. Both motions failed to pass, but their defeats have only solidified a flawed assumption that the legal status of abortion is what determines a woman's right to abortion in Canada.
Click here to download this fact sheet <PDF> Enhancing Social Support for Seniors Living in BC
<Click here to download this fact sheet in English (PDF)> <Haga clic aquí para ver la versión española (PDF)>