China Brief | Edition 010

Edition 010: China looks to ramp up its relationship with Canada, U.S.-China trade war updates and “scheming concubines” (actually!). Read more… Quote of the week “[It’s] been winning hearts, garnering a tsunami of public accolades, and topping the global box office.” – China’s state news site Xinhua is just a little excited about the movie “Crazy Rich

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China Brief | Edition 08

Edition 08: Concerns about a currency war in the China-U.S. trade fight, the possibility of more Chinese investment in Canada, and why the U.S. launched tariff challenges against several WTO countries. Read more… Quote of the week Instead of a quote – a picture! Chinese factory workers making Trump 2020 banners (photo credit: REUTERS/Aly Song). Oh, the

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PODCAST | What the West? 001: Fixing Confederation

This year, Canada marked the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and we had a lot to celebrate. But, Confederation hasn’t been a panacea. We still don’t have trade between the provinces – you can’t even buy a beer on a trip and bring it home. The equalization debate is ugly. And don’t get us started on

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Investment in infrastructure is Canada’s economic health-care program

It is well established that sustained investment in public infrastructure brings results—enhanced economic productivity, higher competitiveness, and therefore, better rates of economic growth. And, it is this economic growth that generates revenue for governments with which to fund Canada’s globally-envied health care, education, and social safety nets.  Hence, our quality of life in this country.

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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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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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