Improving the federal regulatory system for review and approval of energy projects

Canada, like many other countries, has established a comprehensive system for the purpose of regulating the effects of energy development projects on the health and safety of people and the environment. This system includes numerous federal, provincial and territorial laws and policies that define requirements for environmental assessment, regulatory review and permitting and Aboriginal consultation

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A Country of Regions

There are two main ways of addressing the fact that Canada is a collection of diverse regions. The first is to embrace this fact as a fundamental strength and seek ways to work together and support one another. If we respect our differences and build on our similarities, a strong, united, dynamic and great nation

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Dealing With “Dirty Dirt” (Part II)

The benefits of urban brownfield development are numerous and significant, breathing new life into old neighbourhoods, increasing local property values and land productivity, and mitigating sprawl. There is also a strong infrastructure connection. Brownfields sit upon an existing network of roads, sidewalks, lighting, water mains, and wastewater lines that is not being fully utilized. Brownfield

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State of the West: Energy (Part 3) – Economic Impact of Energy Production

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

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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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