Getting Prices Right

Canadian cities not only have to provide roads, transit, water, sewers, and other “hard” infrastructure, they also have to provide “soft” infrastructure and services that enhance the quality of life in their communities—parks, libraries, social housing, and recreational facilities. Does it matter how cities pay for infrastructure and services? I believe it does. In particular,

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A new energy future

What if there was a potential $7 trillion global opportunity on the table, and we just looked the other way? Believe it or not, it’s happening. Our nation is largely sitting idle on the sidelines of a full-fledged global energy boom. Much of this opportunity lies in the roaring economies of Asia, but it is

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Small Savings Can Lead to Big Bucks

A couple of weeks ago, hundreds of municipal officials and public servants met at the Queensbury Centre in Regina for the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). Saskatchewan has Canada’s fastest growing provincial economy, and the rooms were abuzz with growth-related issues like infrastructure and affordable housing. I like getting out to

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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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Dealing with “Dirty Dirt”

The name Eric Malling still makes me smirk. Born in Swift Current, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, and a product of Carleton’s School of Journalism, Malling earned a national reputation as an edgy and hard-hitting investigative journalist, first as host of CBC’s The Fifth Estate and later as host of CTV’s W-5 With Eric Malling. Interesting,

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