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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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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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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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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