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On Sunday June 3rd, I hosted a Housing Policy World Café with the title:  Let’s Talk Housing Supply: How do we get what we need? The key questions we addressed were:  what specific types of people are in housing need what kind of housing do they need; what are the barriers they face, and what

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Labour policy and politics

I was very lucky to begin my professional life in the 1980’s working on the passage of the Pay Equity Act in Ontario.  For the next five or so years I helped expand the reach of the Act, first to deal with the undervaluing of women’s work in predominantly female workplaces and then to deal […]

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Oil and E-Coli in the Water

On April 15th, 2015, 2,700 litres of bunker fuel oil leaked into English Bay from the vessel MV Marathassa.  This past week, this leak was in the news again as Vancouver filed suit to recover its clean up costs. It will be some time till we find out what can be recovered, but hearing about the

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Campaign Finance Reform for BC Municipal Politics

The BC government has banned union and corporate political donations at the provincial level, and has done the same for municipal politics. These municipal campaign finance reforms will affect elections for mayor, council and school board trustees. At the municipal level there is a ban on

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