Something New for a 125th Anniversary: Sustaining Public Infrastructure

The annual conference marking the 125th anniversary of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), running from June 6-9, 2012, will offer an exciting venue and numerous opportunities to learn and share experiences. Edmonton, Alberta, will welcome civil engineering practitioners, researchers, and policymakers from around the world with a river valley parks system 22 times larger

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State of the West: Energy (Part 4) – Energy as an Input

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 economic impact of energy production in the region. This week, he continues his summary of those findings with a discussion of the intermediate

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Not Just for Green Thumbs: Composting in the Urban Environment

Composting has never been the most enticing activity for a majority of people. It can seem a grubby, soggy and all-around dirty process that yields, well, something that looks a lot like dirt. In the past, it’s been relegated to the domain of green-thumbed gardeners and eco-warriors, but as environmental consciousness becomes more de rigueur,

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2012 Summit

Canada’s first ever National Infrastructure Summit (NIS), hosted by the City of Regina in January 2011, was unique in many ways. One reason is that the conference gathered such a wide spectrum of participants from the private, non-profit, and public sectors. The summit attracted hundreds of delegates, representing diverse industries such as engineering, architecture, construction, and finance. Academics,

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Is Electoral Reform the Elephant in Canada’s Political Living Room?

The results of the Alberta provincial election that took place on April 23, 2012 generated a lot of commentary on the gap between what the polls were saying and what actually happened on election day. While this is an interesting puzzle, it is perhaps more important to look at another gap—namely, the chasm between votes

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The Artistry of the Rain Barrel

There are many benefits to be had from improving the environmental performance of Canadian cities. Residents can benefit from improved aesthetics, lower water treatment costs, higher property values, increased air quality, the attraction and retention of skilled workers and much more. General environmental benefits can include reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, improved water and air

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