Category Archives: Government

Globalization fuels inequality, but social spending could soften the blow – OECD study

By Will Young Economic globalization, specifically international trade, leads to greater inequality with a country, but higher social protection spending may create a cushioning effect against rising income differences, according an OECD study. In Economic globalisation, inequality and the role

BC Liberals urged to return dirty donations from fraudster

The BC Liberal party is being asked to return “dirty” donations once again. Following fraud charges against prominent BC Liberal donor Paul Oei, the Liberal Party are being asked to return all of his donations. IntegrityBC, a non-partisan and non-profit organization, discovered

Canada’s “rip it and ship it” economy ill-prepared to shift towards sustainability, report finds

By Will Young Canada’s “rip it and ship it” economy that emphasizes extraction over of value-added processing and manufacturing has left the national lagging badly in innovation, in materials efficiency and recycling, according to an OECD report released today. OECD’s

Experts cautiously support Liberal legislation to overhaul Harper’s ‘unconstitutional’ Bill C-51

By ThinkPol Staff Constitutional, public safety and human rights experts have extended their cautious support for a new Liberal government bill that will significantly overhaul Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s controversial anti-terrorism legislation Bill C-51, which many see as being

CRA to tighten voluntary disclosure program

By ThinkPol Staff Canada’s tax agency will tighten the controversial program that allowed wealthy tax evaders to turn themselves in without fear of prosecution or civil penalties. The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) was set up in

Land assembly speculators shadow flipping to skirt foreign buyer tax

By ThinkPol Staff International speculators are buying up Vancouver properties to put together land assemblies that they then shadow flip to avoid paying BC’s foreign buyer tax. A real estate industry whistleblower sent ThinkPol one such example of an attempted

Don’t privatize Canada’s airports ‒ Commons committee

By ThinkPol Staf A Parliamentary committee is recommending against the Liberal government’s plan to sell off Canada’s airports to raise billions in capital to be used towards other public infrastructure projects. “Limit rising passenger and operational costs by preventing the

Krishna’s report to the Council on short term rentals, Airbnb-commissioned report done by her former lobbying company show similarities

By ThinkPol Staff ThinkPol has obtained an unpublished report by Kaye Krishna’s former lobbying company that show similarities to the report the Vancouver official presented to the council on the impact of short term rentals. Vancouver’s General manager of Development,

Wanted: Rusty RV to run Airbnb outside Vancouver Mayor’s house

By Lisa Tanh A Vancouverite has put up a Craigslist ad for an RV or trailer to rent outside of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s house because they want him to understand how legalizing Airbnb hurts residents in the city. The

Pressure mounts on City of Vancouver’s Kaye Krishna to resign over Airbnb fiasco

By ThinkPol Staff Pressure is mounting on Kaye Krishna to stand down as the Vancouver official responsible for the Airbnb file. Critics allege that she has not done enough to crackdown on short term rentals mushrooming in a city grappling