Monthly Archives: June 2009

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund In Ontario

The Ontario Infrastrucure Fund aims to accelerate infrastructure investments to foster a competitive environment which attracts businesses and creates employment opportunities. Projects are jointly funded by the federal and Ontario provincial governments, and ensure that Ontarians will benefits from increased employment opportunities, enhanced protection and mangement of drinking water, improved transportation safety and efficiency, and READ MORE

Focus on Citizens: Public Engagement for Better Policy and Services

This book, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), highlights the important role that the public plays in ensuring that high-quality public services are provided and shared public policy goals are achieved. It provides guidance of how to ensure public participation and putting open and includsive policy making into practice, and includes READ MORE

European Cities Commit to More Cycling

The motorization of urban environments has exacerbated road congestion, pollution, and health and safety risks. Members of the European Cyclists’ Federation are adament that this trend can be reversed, and are helping organize Velo-city 2009, a conference that will provide advice on how to make cities more cycle-friendly. The conference will also include the signing READ MORE

Building a new economy

Author David Korten believes that the economic recession provides North Americans with the opportunity to rebuild the economy to value people and the planet. The current economy puts money and business above all else, fostering an environment where corruption and competition are rampant. Switching to a values-based operating system will support social and environmental justice READ MORE

FCM Delegates Give Harper 3 Months to Resolve Protectionist Policy By U.S.

Municipal delegates congregated at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) convention which discussed the issue of the United States protectionist policy. The U.S. infrastructure stimulus package includes "buy American" provisions for manufactured products, which is not in the interest of free trade and negatively impacts Canadian employment and economic growth. Prime Minister Harper has been READ MORE

WATERLIFE film release in theatres across Canada

WATERLIFE is an epic documentary showcasing the journey of water from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The journey highlights the biological problems rampant in this water system, and shows how close it is to an ecological disaster. The film boasts stunning imagery, interesting characters, and an extensive musical soundtrack. Get more information at READ MORE

Regional District of Nanaimo: Why Include GHG Reduction Targets in the Regional Growth Strategy?

The District of Nanaimo has included greenhouse gas emissions targets in its Regional Growth Strategy. This decision is ideal because reducing emissions requires collaboration and cooperation, two key aspects of any Regional Growth Strategy. This move is important as it will allow for more effective, standardized management of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. Read READ MORE

Public Private Partnerships: Understanding the Challenge

This resource guide sheds light on the complex P3 world and contains tools and information for community leaders. On balance, our research shows that the Design-Build-Finance-Operate relationship termed P3 has significant downsides for the public interest. P3s are complicated and contentious. They shift the role governments play in the delivery of public services and infrastructure. READ MORE