The Future of Work in a Low Carbon Economy The inevitable global transition to a low carbon economy presents an opportunity to address two pressing issues of our time – the climate crisis and income inequality. Eighteen to twenty-five-year-olds – who are about to become the largest demographic group in the work force – consistently READ MORE
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If you’re attending FCM in Ottawa, join us at the South Block Whiskey Bar on Thursday, June 1 from 6:30 to 9:00 for the Columbia Institute Reception. The networking event features a Report Card on Top Asks for Climate Action: Ramping-Up Low Carbon Communities (the report we launched last year at our Columbia Institute reception in READ MORE
What: 2017 High Ground: Leadership in Transitioning Times (#HighGround2017) When: March 31 to April 1, 2017 Where: Coast Plaza Hotel, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
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A webinar on our report “Back in House: Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home”
Change the conversation this spring by joining us for a special evening event celebrating the work and stories of changemakers in BC. Benefits go to supporting the work of Columbia Institute and The Tyee. When: Monday, March 6, 2017, 5:30 to 9:00 pm Where: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC Tickets: To buy a READ MORE
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“Back in House: Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home” says that across Canada and around the world public services that were once outsourced are now finding their way back in-house to municipalities, mainly because using in-house services saves money.
With input from eight seniors centres in Metro Vancouver, the Columbia Institute report, Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health, spotlights how municipalities are frontline in seniors health by offering a wide variety of programs that help keep seniors healthy and independent and delay/prevent seniors from requiring more costly health care services. Read full report Read executive summary News release In the Media Opinion: Community READ MORE
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If you’re attending UBCM in Victoria on Tuesday, September 27, join us at the Columbia Institute Reception. We’ll gather at the Parkside Hotel & Spa for an evening of connecting.To register, click here Thanks to the West Coast Environmental Law and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC for joining us as lead sponsors.
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Read the full Briefing Notes The federal government will publish an emissions reduction plan this fall. This is one of our Top Asks!
“Back in House: Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home” says that across Canada and around the world public services that were once outsourced are now finding their way back in-house to municipalities, mainly because using in-house services saves money. That means the expected benefits from privatizing services are not as significant as expected. Download English READ MORE
Le rapport “Ramener les services à l’interne: pourquoi les gouvernements municipaux mettent fin à la sous-traitance et à la privatisation” s’intéresse, comme son nom l’indique, à la tendance actuelle au retour des services à l’interne. Le plus souvent, ce sont les coûts qui incitent les municipalités à ramener les services à l’interne, les économies promises par READ MORE
Read the full Briefing Notes The housing market in British Columbia is broken and making it more affordable will require taking several approaches at the same time, according to a new report from the CCPA.
If you’re attending the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention in Winnipeg, join us on Thursday, June 2 at the Columbia Institute Reception. We’ll gather at the historic Fort Garry Hotel for an evening of connecting. To learn more, click here .
Top Asks for Climate Action, highlights how Canada can ramp up climate action by empowering low carbon communities. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than fifty percent of GHG emissions. Four emerging trends are pushing READ MORE
With input from eight seniors centres in Metro Vancouver, the Columbia Institute report, Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health, spotlights how municipalities are frontline in seniors health by offering a wide variety of programs that help keep seniors healthy and independent and delay/prevent seniors from requiring more costly health care services. Download Report Executive Summary News Release Media Mentions Older and Wiser: READ MORE
At High Ground 2016, we asked attendees to send a message to the United Nations in the form of a 30 second video that addressed the question: “What does the Paris Agreement mean for me?.” We then shared these videos with our community right before the official Paris Agreement signing ceremony was held on Earth Day (April READ MORE
Read the full Briefing Notes Space in schools is a hot topic: While BC school districts struggle to fill schools, the rules are different in Alberta, where the Calgary district is working on a plan to reduce capacity.
This Green House II follows up on our 2011 research on residential energy retrofit financing. The updated report is about opening the door for local government leadership on home retrofits through minor changes in local improvement charge legislation. Since buildings contribute as much as 30% of community greenhouse gas emissions this represents a huge opportunity. READ MORE
Read the full February Briefing Notes High Ground: Tools for Engaged Leaders, our 2016 Civic Governance Forum, is just weeks away! The final program is posted on our website . So take a look at the program and register!
Read the full January Briefing Notes Hey elected official? What are your top asks? The scope for local governments to reduce green house gas emissions is largely unnoticed in Canadian media coverage of climate change, yet decisions made by local governments can directly or indirectly influence 45% of GHGs. Many local governments are rising to the climate challenge, while others are READ MORE
Briefing Notes On Monday, November 19th, Canadians voted for change. A fresh, new government like the one we delivered to each other yesterday offers new conversation windows to achieve more inclusive communities, an economy that works in harmony with the environment and a brighter future. The Columbia Institute has been proud to play a role in public READ MORE
Briefing Notes Welcome to the latest edition of our e-newsletter, Briefing Notes, a monthly compilation of news, articles and reports covering the most recent issues and trends shaping our communities. Read the full newsletter here: Briefing Notes
The full 2016 HIGH GROUND program, including speakers, sponsors and the agenda, can be found on this page, along with additional resources (e.g. presentations and photo links). The event was held at Harrison Hot Springs Hotel & Resort from April 1-2. Full Conference Program At a Glance Sched & Speakers Sponsors Conference Photos ‘What does the ‘Paris Agreement Mean for Me?’ videos Keynotes Karen Joseph is the CEO of Reconciliation Canada, a READ MORE
Who’s Picking Up the Tab? investigates the scale and scope of downloading onto local governments from federal and provincial governments, using B.C. as a case study. Surveys of local leaders and senior staff, a fresh analysis of statistical and financial data and case studies of key policy areas provide a clear picture of responsibilities and READ MORE
Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1763 Comox St, Vancouver Talk about high tides from climate change brought about compelling dialogue on moving forward with solutions so we can all go together on high ground. The forum will have climate action, social justice / wealth gap, and public finance READ MORE
The Columbia Institute’s local economy work is hitting the news with the recent announcement that three new BC ferries will be built offshore by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. Check out Made-In-BC Ferries for a detailed analysis of how our local economy would grow if they were built in BC instead. Listen to an interview READ MORE
Our Progressive Civic Governance Forum is happening April 4th – 5th, 2014 in the Coast Plaza Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC. The theme is: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Growing Local Economies, Strengthening Local Leadership Access resources from Food for Thought here . View videos from Food for Thought here. Pre-Conference Sessions: Public Speaking for Local Leaders – Persuasive communications training teaches concepts of message delivery in an intensive, interactive READ MORE
Join us Friday, April 4th for a Dinner & Keynote with Paula Daniels! And help spread the word: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Growing Local Economies, Feeding Local Communities Friday evening Dinner and Keynote with Paula Daniels April 4th, 2014 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver Register for the dinner at: http://www.eply.com/2014CivicGovernanceKeynote Find out more about READ MORE
One of our popular resource guides, Buying Local: Tools for Forward-Thinking Institutions, details specific policies and practices for economic development through local purchasing. Earlier this year, we released a study detailing the economic impact of local purchasing – the first study of its kind in Canada. Using office supply procurement in B.C. as an example, the study measured READ MORE
By Robert Duffy Read this article on The Tyee at: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/05/03/Secrets-of-CETA/ The proposed Canada-Europe Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is generating serious questions and concerns from local governments across Canada. CETA, a sweeping trade and investment deal, is currently in its tenth round of negotiations, and the Canadian government believes it could be READ MORE
Listen to our webinar on Tools for Fair Taxation, with economist and CCPA research associate Hugh Mackenzie, that happened Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013. Click here to watch and listen to the full Webinar. Click here to download Hugh Mackenzie’s Powerpoint. Hugh Mackenzie is principal in an economic consulting business, Hugh Mackenzie and Associates, based in Toronto. He has worked for over 35 years in a variety of capacities related to READ MORE
A rapid expansion of mining activity puts local governments in a quandary. Mining operations offer significant opportunities for communities, bringing great potential for jobs, development, and growth. On the other hand, mining operations can affect communities in adverse ways, from compromising drinking water and air quality to reducing property values. What will it take to READ MORE
BC local governments are concerned about changes to the province’s recycling systems. Local governments have led the way on recycling in BC, and most support the principles of expanded recycling, zero waste, reduced packaging and producers bearing responsibility for the full life-cycle of their products. However, many are clearly concerned about the structure and implementation READ MORE
Canada’s federal and provincial governments are actively developing a national energy strategy, and there are compelling reasons for municipalities to become a bigger part of this conversation. Municipalities can play an important role in ensuring that a Canadian energy strategy addresses the roles and interests of local communities across Canada. Canada’s federal and provincial governments READ MORE
Almost 200 countries will meet in Paris this December for a legally-binding global climate agreement on curbing carbon emissions, with the goal of limiting global warming to 2ºC from pre-industrial levels. This is the 21st UNFCCC COP (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Conference of the Parties). The Union of Concerned Scientists READ MORE
Procurement by private and public sector institutions is a major force in the economy. In BC, local governments and school districts alone spend more than $6.7 billion annually on procurement. How – and where – procurement dollars are spent can have important economic, employment, social, and environmental impacts. This report uses the example of office READ MORE