Tag Archives: British Columbia

Vancouver’s bike share plan out of reach for low-income riders

As Mobi, Vancouver’s new bike sharing program, brings hundreds of new, shared bicycles into the city this summer, residents are finding a green, convenient and more affordable commuting option. High pricing and limited access for lower income people, however, could limit the program’s effectiveness. More than 600 cities around the world, including four eastern Canadian

Time is ticking on getting a new Softwood Lumber Agreement

President Obama’s address to the House of Commons on Thursday touted the benefits of free trade and the co-operative relationship between the U.S. and Canada. While many of his remarks received thunderous applause, his silence on a major trade dispute that has been flaring up between the two neighbours for centuries was just as deafening. It was

Governments slow to act on Vancouver’s housing bubble

In the past six years, the value of single-family homes in Vancouver has risen 75 per cent—to an average of $1.9 million. The housing price has jumped 37 per cent since May 2015, alone. Yet, the median household income during that period has hardly changed. Meanwhile, the personal debt level of Canadians is at record

British Columbia Budget 2016: What it should have

British Columbia delivers its 2016 budget on February 16. As with any government, the overarching objectives are simple: to provide great public services, delivering value for every tax dollar spent; fostering an economic environment that encourages growth in high-quality jobs; and, maintaining the fiscal discipline to ensure future generations are not burdened with debt. The

Softwood pact’s end makes TPP participation essential

Canada’s softwood lumber exporters are hoping the new federal government will negotiate another Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) with the U.S. to replace the recently expired deal – and fast. But so too should we be imploring Ottawa to commit to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Without the security blanket of managed trade with the U.S.

How Alberta’s minimum wage hike stacks up in the West

Alberta is taking its first step towards a $15 minimum wage by 2018. On Oct. 1, minimum wage earners will see an increase in their paycheques, as the hourly rate increases from $10.20 to $11.20. The liquor server rate will rise from $9.20 to $10.70 per hour, and will be eliminated next year. Once the