Govern Together BC provides updates on policy changes, and has a searchable data base to discover any current public consultations. The site also provides a link for those interested in applying for government appointed seats on public bodies.
The list of current consultations includes panels reviewing the carbon tax, fisheries regulations, and transparency in the justice system.
The site also pointed me to Data BC, which provides public access to BC government data.
The site is very useable... for instance, in abut 1 minute, I was able to download the following information about unemployment rates by type of post secondary education attained.
|Unemployment Rate of Graduates from Public Post-secondary Institutions by Credential Type|
|BC Public Post-secondary System, Survey Year 2006 to 2010|
|Published November 2011|
|Unemployment Rate (%)||Survey Year|
|Bachelor Degree Graduates||3.9%||2.8%||3.6%||5.9%||6.6%|
|Diploma, Associate degree, & Certificate||6.3%||6.1%||6.4%||9.5%||10.9%|
|high school or less (8 to 29 yrs)||7.6%||6.5%||7.7%||13.4%||14.0%|
Graduate students with research interests in areas affected by public policy could find this a practical tool.