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Super Unequal BC

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What are the causes, costs and possible solutions for income inequality in British Columbia, by some measures the worst province for inequality in Canada? Tyee Legislative Bureau Chief Andrew MacLeod spent two months researching those questions to produce this multi-part series funded by the Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI).

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In This Series



Business Leaders Stare into BC's Widened Income Gap

In province where inequality keeps outstripping Canada as a whole, 'a growing disconnect.' First in a series on Super Unequal BC.

By Andrew MacLeod, 27 Jan 2014


BC Inequality polka dots

INFOGRAPHIC: Inequality in British Columbia

By the numbers. Part of a series on Super Unequal BC.

By April Alayon and Andrew MacLeod, 27 Jan 2014


Motorcycle in Chinatown

In BC, How Unequal Are We?

Jimmy Pattison 'just doesn't talk about that kind of thing.' This year his wealth grew by $1.25 billion. Third in a series on inequality solutions.

By Andrew MacLeod, 28 Jan 2014



The Banker Who Dares Argue Inequality Is Worse than Taxes

Why Paul Summerville begs to differ with his business friends (as does The Economist). Fourth in a series.

By Andrew MacLeod, 29 Jan 2014


Bird's eye view of Vancouver

High BC Housing Costs Weaken Economy, Drive Inequality

While owners sit on wealth, many struggle to find homes they can afford. Fifth in a series.

By Andrew MacLeod, 30 Jan 2014


UBC professor Paul Kershaw

Expensive Housing, Low Pay Challenge Next Generation

Governments cut seniors' poverty but failed to support young, says UBC prof. Latest in Super Unequal BC series.

By Andrew MacLeod, 31 Jan 2014



Out of Inequality Grow Fresh Ways to Imagine Economy

Visions of new currencies, new values, a new commons. Latest in series 'Super Unequal BC.'

By Andrew MacLeod, 3 Feb 2014


Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

Eighteen Ways to Shrink Inequality

Steps to raise the poor and strengthen the middle in BC, and Canada, too. Latest in a series.

By Andrew MacLeod, 4 Feb 2014



To Unclog the Top, Fix Politics

Seven ways to de-concentrate wealth. And so it can happen, four ways to change how we elect. Latest in a series.

By Andrew MacLeod, 5 Feb 2014


Author Linda McQuaig

Biggest Myth About Inequality Is We Can't Fix It

Avoiding collapse requires planned positive change. Last in series Super Unequal BC.

By Andrew MacLeod, 6 Feb 2014