Small Savings Can Lead to Big Bucks

A couple of weeks ago, hundreds of municipal officials and public servants met at the Queensbury Centre in Regina for the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). Saskatchewan has Canada’s fastest growing provincial economy, and the rooms were abuzz with growth-related issues like infrastructure and affordable housing. I like getting out to

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No Longer Oblivious to the Impervious

Storm drainage or storm water management (SWM) is just one of many responsibilities shouldered by Canada’s municipalities. But it’s also a very unique responsibility in that it offers municipalities a great opportunity to motivate positive changes in behaviour and alter their perceptions about the environment. In 2011, the City of Kitchener engaged in an innovative

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An energy strategy for Canada? An international template

Since 1957 when the Gordon Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects identified the need for a comprehensive energy policy, the call for a national energy framework, strategy, plan, program or policy has recurred at least once a decade. Although the focus of these statements, the interests driving them and the political context and partisan balance varied

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Western Perspectives on a Low-Carbon Economy: A Visual Overview

In November 2011 the Canada West Foundation in partnership with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) conducted a series of roundtables about developing a low-carbon growth strategy for Canada with particular emphasis on the opportunities and risks facing the West. You can read all about the main themes, policy recommendations,

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“Biggest” vs. “Best” (Part II)

Last week I spent some time reviewing ReNew Canada’s special report on the “Top 100” infrastructure projects in the country, and then posted the top three contenders for the most innovative projects across 10 categories (click here to view).  This week, it’s time to announce the winners—in my humble opinion—in each category.  Here they are: Transportation—Roadways and Bridges

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UBC as a sustainability sandbox

If we take sustainability seriously, the magnitude of required change is great. One prominent way of approaching that requirement is to talk in terms of doing less damage, reducing project-specific impact and generally utilizing an overall perspective based on cutting back or sacrifice. It’s not a very motivating approach. At The University of British Columbia

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