More Needed to Fix Environmental Decision-Making in Canada: New Canada West Foundation Report

The federal government recently announced a “Plan for Responsible Resource Development” that will streamline the federal regulatory review process. While this is a step in the right direction, a report from the Canada West Foundation being published on May 3 argues that the task at hand is much larger. Keeping Pace: Improving Environmental Decision-Making in

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Are We Organized for Progress?

Over three decades spent leading engineering and technical organizations, I am convinced that modern road science offers an enormous innovation dividend in reduced road costs and improved road quality. However, this dividend is not being pursued because our road agencies are not organized for progress. Until we organize our system so that innovation drives success

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Revealing Regional Voices for a Stronger Canada

As reflected by the results of the 2011 census, the creation of new House of Commons Seats and the ongoing news about the westward titling of the economy, it is clear that the nature of the Federation is shifting. The latest research from the Canada West Foundation looks at the consequences for the region and

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State of the West: Energy (Part 2) – Trade and Disposition

Last week, Michael Holden highlighted some of the information and key findings of the Canada West Foundation’s recently released publication, State of the West: Energy – 2012: Western Canadian Energy Trends, in a blog focusing on energy production in the region. This week, he continues his summary of those findings with a discussion of energy trade and transportation

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Out and About

Our work-a-day lives tend to follow predictable patterns, and it all starts with municipal infrastructure. The alarm goes off and the lights go on.  We hit the switch on the coffee maker, push the handle on the toilet, turn the tap in the shower.  Whether we ride the bus or drive a car, we all

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State of the West: Energy (Part 1) – Energy Production and Reserves

Given the extent to which it permeates our daily lives, energy has come to dominate the economic, social, and political agenda in western Canada. To improve our understanding of the role that energy plays in shaping our present and future, the Canada West Foundation is releasing a new publication on April 19th, 2012 called State of

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