Let’s fix the cracks in Canada’s highway

While driving along the Trans-Canada in eastern Manitoba and northern Ontario recently, I was struck by the metaphor that the highway offers to Canadians today. It was a great national infrastructure project that linked our country and brought pride to our citizens when it was officially opened by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1962. It’s

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State of the West: Energy (Part 7) – Environmental Impact of Energy Use

Over the past several weeks, Michael Holden has been highlighting 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. This week he rounds out the series with a discussion on the environmental impact associated with energy production and consumption in

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What if?

Communities of Tomorrow President John Lee and myself have spoken across western Canada about the need for innovative infrastructure solutions and LetsTOC.  Recent events include the annual general meeting of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and Economic Development Alberta (EDA). In our “tag-team” presentation, John has a fabulous set of power point slides entitled “What If?”. The slides present some pretty

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State of the West: Energy (Part 6) – Energy Consumption (by Sector)

Last time, 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, focusing on the types and quantities of energy consumed in the region. This week, he examines energy use by sector. There are five broad sectors across

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Water glutton?

I take 15 minute showers. I run the tap when I brush my teeth. I find a sink full of dirty dish water unsettling so I wash each individual dish and pot under the tap with the water running. I prefer a clean shiny car so I wash it at least once a week. To

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State of the West: Energy (Part 5) – Energy Consumption (by Type)

Last time, 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, focusing on the intermediate use of raw energy as an input prior to consumption by final end-users. This week and next, he turns his attention to

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