Getting Prices Right

Canadian cities not only have to provide roads, transit, water, sewers, and other “hard” infrastructure, they also have to provide “soft” infrastructure and services that enhance the quality of life in their communities—parks, libraries, social housing, and recreational facilities. Does it matter how cities pay for infrastructure and services? I believe it does. In particular,

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Water: An Election Issue in Alberta?

Alberta is now in the throes of the third week of the provincial election campaign. Given the critical importance of the province’s water resources to its economy and environment, it is worthwhile checking in to see how water policy is being addressed by the contending parties. I’ve reviewed the platforms of the main parties and

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A new energy future

What if there was a potential $7 trillion global opportunity on the table, and we just looked the other way? Believe it or not, it’s happening. Our nation is largely sitting idle on the sidelines of a full-fledged global energy boom. Much of this opportunity lies in the roaring economies of Asia, but it is

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From Developing Needs to Developing Solutions

With municipal revenues failing to keep pace with investment needs, civic leaders across Canada face the daunting task of managing scarce dollars, balancing competing demands for services, and ensuring citizens continue to enjoy a high quality of life. While the challenges confronting Edmonton are no different, the City has long understood the importance of sound

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Reflections on the Federal Budget and What it Means for Water

Canada’s budget was tabled on March 29 and it includes some interesting changes related to water policy. Here are the highlights: Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO): While we’ll have to wait until the Government’s Budget Omnibus Bill is tabled to find out whether there will be changes to the Fisheries Act, Minister Flaherty announced

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Natural gas can fuel our transportation future, if the tradeoffs are good

Sometimes I forget about the importance of transportation, even in a large nation like Canada. All too often I take for granted the ease of my commute to work, highway drive to another city, flight from one province to another or the delivery of my online shopping. People and goods need to move between work

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