Go Long

The following column is written by Gord Hume, President of Hume Communications Inc., former Councillor of the City of London, ON, and author of “Cultural Planning for Creative Communities” and “Taking Back Our Cities” for LetsTOC. When Casey Vander Ploeg and the team at the Canada West Foundation and Communities of Tomorrow approached me about writing a

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Reasoned, progressive ideas missing from political theatre currently passing for energy debate

These days it seems like the theatre of parliament is spilling out well beyond Ottawa’s borders. In public discourse around the federal government’s policy of accelerating resource development in western Canada, accusations, counter-accusations, slander, hyperbole and hysteria have taken the place of reasoned debate. Even Canadians who are well informed about energy issues have just

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Technology Boosts Public Transit

In most large cities, public transit boasts a long history, being one of the most visible and vital services provided to citizens. The transit system in Calgary, for example, goes back to 1909 when the CalgaryMunicipal Railway was established with a dozen electric streetcars. The Regina Municipal Railway goes back almost as far, opening in 1911.

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Top Experts in Environmental Decision-Making Talk to the Canada West Foundation

A new report released by the Canada West Foundation today summarizes interviews with 23 of the leading minds on how to marry resource development with environmental protection. Keeping Pace: Improving Environmental Decision-Making in Canada is based on input from former senior bureaucrats, former environment ministers, internationally renowned scientists, natural resource industry representatives and ENGO leaders.

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Low-carbon fuel standards – Innovative regulation or strategic framework?

The “low-carbon fuel standard” (LCFS) is a policy innovation emerging from the energy and policy minds of the University of California and the regulators of the California Air Resources Board. It has been adopted by British Columbia (BC) policymakers and adapted to the unique contexts of the province. At first glance, the targets and timelines

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More Needed to Fix Environmental Decision-Making in Canada: New Canada West Foundation Report

The federal government recently announced a “Plan for Responsible Resource Development” that will streamline the federal regulatory review process. While this is a step in the right direction, a report from the Canada West Foundation being published on May 3 argues that the task at hand is much larger. Keeping Pace: Improving Environmental Decision-Making in

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