The Russian Doll: Understanding the opposition to a new pipeline to the West Coast

At first blush, the challenge created by a pipeline that would ship oil from Alberta to the BC coast seems quite simple: figure out how to address the environmental impact so we can unlock the economic benefits that the pipeline will bring. If only it were this simple. Opposition to a new pipeline from Alberta

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1 cent Solution to a Billion Dollar Problem (Part I)

In April 2011, the Canada West Foundation published and released The Penny Tax: A Timely Tax Innovation to Boost our Civic Investments. This report, which drew considerable attention across Canada, proposed a fresh, creative, and innovative tax reform to help cities with their huge infrastructure funding challenges, and continues to be widely discussed and debated.  I

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Was withdrawing from Kyoto the right thing to do?

Just prior to Environment Minister Peter Kent’s announcement in December 2011 that Canada had decided to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, the Canada West Foundation and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) wrapped up a series of meetings in western Canada on developing a low-carbon growth strategy for the country.

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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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