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Study explores media coverage of pipeline controversies

Fri, 2018-12-14 07:41

Supporters of fossil fuel infrastructure projects position themselves as friends of working people, framing climate action as antithetical to the more immediately pressing need to protect oil and gas workers’ livelihoods. And as the latest report from the CCPA-BC and Corporate Mapping Project confirms, this framing has become dominant across the media landscape.

Focusing on pipeline projects that connect Alberta’s oil sands to export markets, the report examines how the press treats the relationship between jobs and the environment. More broadly, it asks which voices are treated as authoritative and used as sources, whose views are sidelined, which arguments for and against pipelines are highlighted, and what similarities and differences exist between mainstream and alternative media coverage of pipeline controversies.

Read the report: Jobs vs the Environment? Mainstream and alternative media coverage of pipeline controversies


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Study highlights ‘uncomfortable truth’ about racism in the job market

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:32

"Racialized workers in Ontario are significantly more likely to be concentrated in low-wage jobs and face persistent unemployment and earnings gaps compared to white employees — pointing to the “uncomfortable truth” about racism in the job market, according to a new study."

Read the Toronto Star's coverage of our updated colour-coded labour market report, released December 2018. 

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Uploading the subway will not help Toronto commuters

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:27

The Ontario government is planning to upload Toronto’s subway, claiming it will allow for the rapid expansion of better public transit across the GTHA, but that’s highly doubtful.

Why? Because Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek’s emphasis on public-private partnerships and a market-driven approach suggests privatization is the cornerstone of the province’s plan.

Will dismembering the Toronto Transit Commission, fragmenting transit planning, and handing transit assets to private consortiums improve public transit? Not if you look at the lessons learned from Metrolinx.

Read Ricardo Tranjan's full analysis of the challenges facing Toronto's transit system in the Toronto Star.

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2018 State of the Inner City Report: Green Light Go...Improving Transportation Equity

Sat, 2018-12-08 03:14

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!

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Inclusionary housing in a slow-growth city like Winnipeg

Tue, 2018-12-04 03:12

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 model in Winnipeg. 

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True, Lasting Reconciliation

Thu, 2018-11-22 02:20

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 to consult” to a genuine process of obtaining free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Nations in all matters pertaining to their Title and Rights.

There does not exist, nor can there exist, a “one size fits all” model of Crown-Indigenous relations that is consistent with the UN Declaration, nor is there a single legislative or policy action that will see the UN Declaration reflected on the ground in the life of British Columbians. The report outlines the work that all groups must do to advance the transformational changes needed for full and unqualified implementation of the UN Declaration in this region, where Indigenous Title is unceded and yet Indigenous Rights have been too long marginalized in the daily, ongoing practices of governance. 

Read the report.

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Boom, Bust and Consolidation

Sat, 2018-11-10 03:10

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 are the oil sands, and this report analyses their economics and their accumulation dynamics in the context of the latest commodity cycle: boom (2004–2014), bust (2014–2016), and restructuring and consolidation (2015 onward). 

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A new Director for CCPA's BC Office: Message from Mary Childs, Board Chair

Thu, 2018-10-25 02:16

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 then began a process of transition planning to find a new Director. 

After careful consultation and consideration, we decided the obvious choice was right before us. With the support of the CCPA-BC’s talented staff, the board asked Shannon to take the helm as BC Director.

Shannon has been with the CCPA-BC since its earliest days and has played a vital role in its success. As former Communications Director, and then Associate Director, Shannon has long been a leader of the CCPA-BC. For years, she has overseen the organization’s research and public engagement work, ensuring its intellectual rigour and accuracy. She is an extremely strategic thinker. Shannon has driven much of the innovation of the CCPA-BC for two decades, leading the evolution of our communications efforts and fundraising strategies, and most recently initiating and co-directing the Corporate Mapping Project. Shannon also brings leadership experience from outside the CCPA, having served as board chair of both CCEC Credit Union and the Wilderness Committee, and on the board of the Vancouver Public Library.

The CCPA-BC board is grateful for Seth’s service and leadership, and we are pleased that he will remain connected with the organization. And we look forward to the new ideas and energy that will come from a change in leadership. We have no doubt the CCPA-BC, under Shannon’s guidance, will remain a vibrant and innovative research institute, serving British Columbians with the rigour and commitment we’ve come to know and trust. 

With Shannon’s new role, the CCPA-BC is posting for a new Associate Director. You can find that posting here.

You can also read Shannon's blog post, The power of ideas and research: A note from CCPA-BC’s incoming Director, here.

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Who Owns Canada’s Fossil-Fuel Sector?

Tue, 2018-10-16 05:42

The major investors in Canada’s fossil-fuel sector have high stakes in maintaining business as usual rather than addressing the industry’s serious climate issues, says a new Corporate Mapping Project study. 

And as alarms ring over our continued dependence on natural gas, coal and oil, these investors have both an interest in the continued growth of Canada’s fossil-fuel sector and the economic power to shape its future. 

Substantial ownership and strategic control of Canada’s fossil-fuel sector are in the hands of a few major players, including all the Canadian big banks and several US investment funds, governments and some wealthy families—many of which are located outside Canada.

Rising levels of Canadian corporate ownership and control of the sector appear to have made little difference in how the industry functions, and the trend towards more Canadian corporate control of fossil-fuel extraction has not brought improvements.

Read the report.

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