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In these days of bloated stock prices and low bond yields, it can be tough to find a good investment. Speculating on the wild ups and downs of the financial markets may beat a path to paper wealth for some, but for the average person (and for society in general), there is no better payback than a good education.
(Vancouver) Inequality increased in most provinces during the 1990s, but BC held its ground, according to a new report, Behind the Headlines 2001, from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This will change, however, if the new government pursues the same market-oriented policies that led to rising inequality elsewhere.
Inside this issue: Who's Cutting Classes: Untangling the Spin about K-12 Education in BC Are Welfare Time Limits Constitutional? BC's Incredible Shrinking Environment Minister BC's Budget: Balanced Fiscally not Socially
OTTAWA--Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), while promoted as an innovative approach to the provision of public goods and services, are playing a damaging role in Ontario's universities, according to a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. For Cash and Future Considerations: Ontario Universities and Public-Private Partnerships examines the growing influence of PPPs in Ontario's public universities, particularly in infrastructure and research.
(Vancouver) Real per-student funding for public education in BC has been dropping over the past three years, and is now at its lowest level in more than 15 years. Despite contrary claims by the education minister, the province is not giving school boards enough money to meet cost increases -- resulting in school closures, larger class sizes, and lost funds for special needs.