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
Read the full December 2015 Briefing Notes . Half of the Columbia Institute Team was in Paris for the #COP21 Climate Summit early this month (thanks to our Executive Director, Charley Beresford, for the photos) and it was indeed a historical global moment. We’ll share our report with with you in the new year, but for now here’s one of our favorite highlights! READ MORE
Read the full October 2015 Briefing Notes . With the Paris climate talks (COP21) around the corner, we are dedicating this issue of our monthly e-newsletter to climate action. There is much hope for the climate discussions in Paris, despite the horrific terror attacks. If anything, this may strengthen all of our resolve to replace the expiring 1990 Kyoto agreement—the world’s first 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
This note updates, verifies and adds to the information contained in Regional Transportation Governance: Selected Case Studies produced by the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority in 2006. It contains information about 12 transportation agencies in Canada, the U.S., France, the U.K., and Finland. All of the cases are regional transportation agencies, though the scope of their responsibilities varies. Some are responsible for multi-modal transportation systems, while others 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
Energy use in buildings accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. In British Columbia, they account for 29% of energy use and 12% of emissions. Read Retrofit Backgrounder
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
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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
96.5% of local elected municipal leaders say that federal and provincial downloading of costs onto local governments is a problem for their community.1 A new story about downloading is the one emerging through the national pharmacare conversation launched by Canadian Doctors for Medicare.1 Why? There is no universal plan to cover the costs of prescription drugs 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
Across BC voting is decreasing in all levels of elections—federal, provincial and municipal. Voter turnout in federal and provincial elections is now below 60 per cent, but more dramatically we are seeing many municipal elections in which only 20 to 30 per cent of people go out to vote. What is happening in communities where 70 to 80 per cent of 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
Metro Vancouver is a powerful purchaser in the region. In 2012, the total payments to Canadian suppliers by the regional district – over 750 – was over $800 million. The regional district’s current Sustainable Procurement Procedures and Green Procurement Procedures, focus on the conduct of suppliers and contractors relating to environment attributes of READ MORE
On May 29th, we hosted an extended lunch forum on ‘Rising to the Climate Challenge’ with IPCC Climate Scientist Dr Danny Harvey, and Toronto Councillor Mike Layton. You can download Dr Harvey’s presentation on the latest climate science here . You can download Councillor Layton’s presentation on Toronto’s ground breaking home retrofit financing program here . READ MORE
The full agenda and more information about Food For Thought, which ran April 4-5, 2014, at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, can be found here . Videos from the Pecha Kucha style presentations, and Paula Daniels’ Keynote, can be found here . Conference Session Resources: TAKING ACTION – As global discussions work towards a READ MORE
Institutional procurement is a powerful, and often underutilized, economic development strategy that can positively impact “value added” economic sectors. How and where procurement dollars are spent can have important economic effects. In July 2013, BC Ferries announced it will put three new intermediate class ferries into service by 2016/2017. The corporation is seeking a fixed READ MORE