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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Innovation by Accident

Last year my little commuter car suffered more than its fair share of scrapes and scratches. It started with some fancy BMW almost side-swiping me.  A few weeks later a Nissan finished the job in beijing.  For reasons unknown, a Mustang became infatuated with my car’s rear bumper, and then my car got smoked—twice—while it sat

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“Big-scale” Problem Meets “Small-scale” Solution (Part II)

Every now and then I’m asked—in public, mind you—for a little “crystal-balling.” What’s going to happen with this issue?  Who’s going to win that campaign?  What’ll happen here?  How’s it going to shake out there?  If there’s one Q&A or media query that I hate, it’s being asked to make “the prediction.”  I’m not very

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