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  • 2018 State of the Inner City Report: Green Light Go...Improving Transportation Equity December 7, 2018
    Getting to doctors appointments, going to school, to work, attending social engagments, picking up groceries and even going to the beach should all affordable and accessible.? Check out Ellen Smirl's reserach on transportation equity in Winnipeg in this year's State of the Inner City Report!
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Inclusionary housing in a slow-growth city like Winnipeg December 3, 2018
    In Winnipeg, there is a need for more affordable housing, as 21 percent of households (64,065 households) are living in unaffordable housing--according to CMHC's definition of spending more than 30 percent of income on shelter.? This report examines to case studies in two American cities and how their experience could help shape an Inclusionary Housing […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • True, Lasting Reconciliation November 21, 2018
    For the first time, a report outlines what implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples could and should look like at the provincial level. This report focuses on implementation in BC law, policy and practices. Fundamental to the UN Declaration is an understanding that government must move from a “duty […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Boom, Bust and Consolidation November 9, 2018
    The five largest bitumen-extractive corporations in Canada?control 79.3 per cent of Canada’s productive capacity of bitumen. The Big Five—Suncor Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), Cenovus Energy, Imperial Oil and Husky Energy—collectively control 90 per cent of existing bitumen upgrading capacity and are positioned to dominate Canada’s future oil sands development. In a sense they […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • A new Director for CCPA's BC Office: Message from Mary Childs, Board Chair October 24, 2018
    The CCPA-BC Board of Directors is delighted to share the news that Shannon Daub will be the next BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Last spring, Seth Klein announced that, after 22 years, he would be stepping down as founding Director of the CCPA-BC at the end of 2018. The CCPA-BC’s board […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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Debating Boyd on Resource Royalties

Saskatchewana€?s Minister of Energy and Resources replied to my op-ed and letter on Dutch disease and resource royalties. On Friday, he was promoted to Minister of Everything. Columnist Murray Mandryk wrote, a€?Given the amount of power Bill Boyd now has in his super-economy portfolio, he may be one fluffy Persian cat and remote desert island […]

Opting Out of Union Dues

Murray Mandryka€?s excellent column today saves me the trouble of writing a lengthy blog post on the Saskatchewan governmenta€?s recent musings about labour legislation. From an economic perspective, ita€?s worth noting that enabling unionized workers to opt out of paying union dues would create a classic free-rider problem. Indeed, Wikipediaa€?s article on this topic uses […]

Record-Low Manufacturing Employment

Todaya€?s Labour Force Survey indicates that the seemingly robust economic growth reported by Statistics Canada earlier this week is not translating into improved job prospects for Canadian workers. For the second consecutive month, employment is down and unemployment is up. (By contrast, the situation improved south of the border.) Manufacturing: Another Record Low Although overall […]

The Politics of Potash

Advocates of low potash royalties are claiming that New Democrats??fared poorly in Saskatchewana€?s recent election because??they proposed higher potash royalties. Of course, potash companies and their boosters would like the NDP to give up this cause. Doing so would be a political mistake for the party and a disservice to the people of Saskatchewan. Most […]

Brad Wall Light?

I got to know and like Dave McGrane in the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats, but the following assessment misses the mark: McGrane, an assistant professor at St. Thomas More College, said the NDPa€?s defeat was a product of failing to connect with rural Saskatchewan, poor political marketing and outdated policies. a€?People had no idea what […]

2013: The Sask NDPa€?s Lucky Number?

To state the obvious, Saskatchewana€?s provincial election result was not good for progressives. I was especially surprised by the NDPa€?s loss of constituencies like Regina Douglas Park (where I grew up), Moose Jaw Wakamow and Prince Albert Northcote. It could have been worse. Political commentators were musing about the NDP falling below 30% of the […]

Unrest in Billa€?s Republic of Doyle

PotashCorp CEO Bill Doyle waded into Saskatchewana€?s election campaign on Friday with an op-ed in the provincea€?s two largest newspapers. It was accompanied by a paid advertisement from PotashCorp in Saskatoona€?s StarPhoenix. The company got some free advertising in Reginaa€?s Leader-Post through Bruce Johnstonea€?s column, which repeated Doylea€?s op-ed. The Saskatchewan Party is parroting the […]

Sask Party Shills for PotashCorp

Yesterdaya€?s strong earnings report from the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan confirms what this blog and the NDP have been contending: even modestly increasing Saskatchewana€?s extremely low royalties on hugely profitable potash mines could fund substantially better provincial public services. The Saskatchewan Party still refuses to review potash royalties. In a well-timed column, Greg Fingas developed […]

What if Potash Tanks?

Regarding the NDP platforma€?s reliance on additional potash revenue, columnist Murray Mandryk asks, a€?What if potash tanks as it did in 2009?a€? Of course, budgets are necessarily based on assumptions about future commodity prices. Saskatchewan Finance estimates that each dollar of change in the price of oil alters provincial revenues by $20 million (page 35). […]

Saskatchewan Platform Comparison

Saskatchewana€?s two major parties have unveiled their election platforms. The NDPa€?s fiscal plan is to collect higher potash royalties and reinvest the proceeds in public priorities like healthcare, education and housing. Columnist Murray Mandryk notes the spectre of Erin Weir. The NDP has expressed a willingness to discuss sharing resource revenues with First Nations. The […]

The Sask Partya€?s 0.1% Health Plan

The banner headline, in block capitals, on the front page of yesterdaya€?s Regina Leader-Post was a€?SASK. PARTY HAS FIVE-POINT HEALTH PLAN.a€? Thata€?s accurate reporting, as far as it goes. The Saskatchewan Party did announce a healthcare plan featuring five points. It would have been similarly accurate to report that this announcement was accompanied by a […]

Sask Party Deficit Math

The Saskatchewan NDP is proposing to collect higher potash royalties and save a portion of the proceeds in a new Bright Futures Fund. The NDP has also expressed??its willingness to negotiate with First Nations about the possibility of resource revenue sharing. The right-wing Saskatchewan Party strangely claims that the NDPa€?s plan a€?would plunge the province […]

Sask Party Healthcare Math

Yesterday, the Saskatchewan Party claimed that the provincial NDPa€?s plan for 30 additional primary healthcare clinics would cost $840 million. It has since removed this goofy press release from its website, but herea€?s a screenshot. The Sask Party multiplied the Saskatoon Community Clinica€?s $7-million annual provincial cost by 30, and then multiplied that total by […]

Sask Party Tuition Math

In Saskatchewana€?s provincial election campaign, the incumbent Saskatchewan Party is promising a scholarship of up to $500 per year for new high-school graduates who undertake post-secondary studies. It claims that this scholarship is worth a€?THREE TIMESa€? the annual increase in university tuition fees, which has averaged $146.50 over the past four years. What the Sask […]