CCPA report confirms BC’s new investments in child care affordability are urgently needed

Last year, the BC government made a landmark investment to begin addressing the affordability crisis in child care. A new report released by CCPA this week shows just how urgently needed those measures were (and continue to be). The report, Developmental Milestones: Child care fees in Canada’s big cities 2018, shares…
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Provincial Roundup

A cross-country scan of the state of public primary and secondary education in Canada for November 2018. View the story Menu British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Nova Scotia Our Schools | Our Selves November 2018 Edited by Erika Shaker As part of its new digital format, Our Schools /…
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Pipe Dreams: The risky bets behind Ottawa’s TMX purchase

The federal government’s decision, announced this morning, to purchase the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and the pipeline expansion project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion is politically risky, economically perilous and, as we’ve said many times before, impossible to justify on environmental grounds. It all looks even worse when you…
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Nearly 200 arrests and counting

The build started with a single West Coast cedar tree. In the early hours of March 10, against the backdrop of forest-covered Burnaby Mountain on the shores of B.C.’s Burrard Inlet, volunteers carried in wood planks and cement corner stones and set to work. Within hours, they had constructed a…
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Ten things to know about homelessness in BC

On February 20, the British Columbia government will table its next provincial budget. With that in mind, it’s useful to reflect on the province’s homelessness crisis—along with the various public policy factors that have likely contributed to it. Here are 10 things to know: 1. Public operating spending by BC’s…
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Canada’s 1% still flying high

While much of the conversation on Canada’s new Census income numbers focuses on the sustained nature of income inequality, little attention has been paid to what’s been happening to the richest 1% compared to the rest of us. This is the first time that a Canadian Census includes information about…
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