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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Are We Organized for Progress?

Over three decades spent leading engineering and technical organizations, I am convinced that modern road science offers an enormous innovation dividend in reduced road costs and improved road quality. However, this dividend is not being pursued because our road agencies are not organized for progress. Until we organize our system so that innovation drives success

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Revealing Regional Voices for a Stronger Canada

As reflected by the results of the 2011 census, the creation of new House of Commons Seats and the ongoing news about the westward titling of the economy, it is clear that the nature of the Federation is shifting. The latest research from the Canada West Foundation looks at the consequences for the region and

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State of the West: Energy (Part 2) – Trade and Disposition

Last week, 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, in a blog focusing on energy production in the region. This week, he continues his summary of those findings with a discussion of energy trade and transportation

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