Monthly Archives: February 2008

Comprehensive Guide for Municipal Sustainability Planning

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association published the Comprehensive Guide for Municipal Sustainability Planning which could be used by any community undertaking their Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. The guidebook provides information on five phases of sustainability planning: structuring the process; creating a shared understanding of sustainable community success; determining and analyzing strategy areas for success; action READ MORE

Indicators of Well-Being in Canada

The government of Canada has created a website of statistical measures of well-being in Canada. The data are organized around 10 indicator areas such as learning, housing, family life, leisure, health, and the environment. Each indicator area includes an overview section highlighting the most important trends and statistics as well as a complete listing of READ MORE

Climate Change Policy Inventory

The Canada West Foundation has released a report designed to provide background information about what is currently being done in Canada to address climate change. The report provides a summary of different policy initiatives at the provincial and national level, including cap and trade systems, carbon sinks, carbon tax, alternative energy investments, public transportation developments, and idling READ MORE

Leadership Matters: A Governance Forum for Local Leaders in Ontario – May 9 & 10, 2008

Last June, "Sustainable Communities", the first annual Centre for Civic Governance Forum, brought together mayors, councillors and school board trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues. Participants gave the Forum high marks calling it “brilliant”, “fantastic” and “the best I’ve seen in years”. Now Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance is offering READ MORE

A Tale of Two Cities: Public Participation Processes in Banff & Calgary

This policy brief, by Christopher J. Bruce of the Institute for Advanced Policy Research at the University of Calgary, analyses two public involvement processes in Alberta, imagine Calgary (2006) and the Banff Bow Valley Study (1996). Bruce looks at the lessons to be learned from these two processes about how formal consensus-building processes might work READ MORE

Global Climate Change & Children’s Health

What are the anticipated health effects of climate change on children’s health? According to a recent policy statement put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are likely to suffer disproportionately from environmental hazards as a result of climatic changes. Possible health consequences include: climate-sensitive infectious diseases, increases in air pollution and heat-related illnesses, and increased READ MORE