Columbia Institute’s new report, Canada Infrastructure Bank and the Public’s Right to Know, examines the proposed Bank, and government legislation that prevents public access to information. The report also highlights concerns expressed by information commissioners and includes examples of how the Canadian government can do better. “The federal government is ready to invest $35 billion READ MORE
Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth. Meeting Canada’s climate goals could generate millions of jobs in the building trades by 2050. “Canada’s building trades’ professionals have a proud history of READ MORE
The Nature of Leadership: Ideas for Building Inclusive, Sustainable Communities is the third volume in the “Innovative Strategies Leadership Series” for locally elected leaders. Inspired by conversations at our Centre for Civic Governance forums, this handbook highlights leadership stories from across the country and beyond. It relates stories of individuals and communities who are boldly confronting the myriad READ MORE
Unlimited Vision: Ideas for Building Inclusive Sustainable Communities is a collection of stories featuring courageous leadership, community building and legislative tools in action. It is the second volume in the “Innovative Strategies Leadership Series” for locally elected leaders. Inspired by conversations at our Centre for Civic Governance forums, this handbook highlights leadership stories from across the country READ MORE
Commissioned by CUPE Alberta, this Back in House Workbook, Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home , which was prepared by Gaetan Royer with Charley Beresford and Keith Reynolds, provides a practical guide to helping communities identify the outsourced work and services that can and should be brought back in house.
2017 Top Asks for Climate Action – Report Card Enhancing the ability of local governments across Canada to act on greenhouse gas emissions is both a powerful opportunity and an absolute necessity for meeting Canada’s climate commitments says the first annual report card on Top Asks for Climate Action. Local government decisions impact over fifty percent of READ MORE
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
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