In the aftermath of the recent economic recession, many U.S. state governments are tempted to follow Chicago’s successful use of P3s to raise money. P3s, or “public-private partnerships” hand public assets to private businesses to run them as profit enterprises. P3 critics however argue that states will subjecting taxpayers to higher costs and greater risks READ MORE
The B.C. government intends to spend $3.1 billion rebuilding and expanding the Port Mann Bridge and connecting Highway 1 routes. Sustainable design researchers at U.B.C. found that for the same cost, the government could finance a light rail system providing connection to residents in Surrey, White Rock, Langley, and Delta. The proposed rail system would READ MORE
Resource economist Mark Anielski spoke to a full-capacity crowd at the Centre for Civic Governance’s "From the Ground Up" forum at Harrisson Hot Springs March 6th and 7th, 2009. In the midst of the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Mark turned the discussion to the "Economics of Happiness". Colleen Kimmett of the Tyee READ MORE
Half of B.C.’s most threatened rivers are at risk from “green energy projects” according to a report released from the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C. In the absense of comprehensive provincial strategies, private run-of-river power proposals and urban and industrial development are threatening the health and biological integrity of sensitive river ecosystems. Read report here . READ MORE
Tyee Editor David Beers and Tyee Blogger Colleen Kimmett attended our annual governance forum at Harrison Hot Springs March 6th and 7th. While David gave a very good presentation on working with the media, Colleen interviewed the politicians and posted her stories about green ideas , sustainable development and climate fatigue .
Going Local— Inspirational Stories of Local Government and Local Economy in BC showcases 12 stories of local governments that are working to improve their local economies and enhance the quality of life in their communities. As communities face the future, local government leaders are asking themselves what they can do to protect and strengthen their READ MORE