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The Globe and Mail — For many Canadians, the first step in buying a home is to drive out of town. How far they go depends on how much they can afford to pay – it’s the “drive till you qualify” syndrome.
But are the costs in fact lower?
In spite of its detractors, the argument by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce that all of Saskatoon would be better off if the city could find a way to make businesses more competitive is reasonable.
Metro Vancouver- The hidden higher costs of car ownership, health care, water treatment, roads and sewage are creating a false sense of affordability in Canadian suburbs, according to a new study by a Victoria-based environmental economist.
A new study highlights the often overlooked price of living in the suburbs: a second car.
The Ottawa Sun Slowing new development in the suburbs, while encouraging high-density development in the core, will save taxpayers money and improve people's quality of life, a new study suggests.
The Toronto Star- What if the real estate listing for a $400,000 suburban house advised potential buyers that the price doubles if they factor in the $10,000 annual cost of running a second car over the life of the mortgage?
The Globe and Mail- Growth should pay for itself. It’s an idea supported so extensively by planners, governments and developers it’s become a truism. But it’s not the reality in most Canadian cities. From the sham of “free parking” to the extra costs of laying down new sewers for far-flung suburbs, there are myriad hidden costs to sprawl, according to a report released Monday by Sustainable Prosperity, a research network based at the University of Ottawa. Dave Thompson, the report’s author, spoke to the Globe and Mail’s Dakshana Bascaramurty by phone from Victoria.
The Globe and Mail| The twisted psychology behind climate change science does no favours for the scientists or anyone else convinced that burning carbon is warming the planet to life-threatening levels. The scarier the science, the wearier everyone becomes, to the point of fatigue. Ho-hum, another warning that our little blue orb is hurtling toward crispy bacon status; pass me a beer.
The Economist CANADA could do more to limit carbon emissions, which have risen in recent years even as they have fallen south of the border. As if to rub it in, Barack Obama recently warned that unless it does, he will not approve the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Alberta's tar sands to Texas. Yet America itself can learn a thing or two about climate policy from British Columbia (BC).
Point CarbonSAN FRANCISCO, July 26 (Reuters Point Carbon) – British Columbia’s C$30 ($29.2) per tonne carbon tax has been a success, driving both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption down while the economy has remained strong, according to a new study.
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Straight.com | University of Ottawa professor Stewart Elgie has written a study suggesting that B.C.'s carbon tax has not harmed the provincial economy. He noted that fuel consumption fell by almost 19 percent per capita, yet the gross domestic product did not suffer in comparison to that of other provinces.
Vancouver Sun | B.C.’s fuel consumption has dropped significantly since the carbon tax was brought in five years ago, according to a study released Wednesday, the same day premiers meet in Ontario to discuss a national energy strategy.
Macleans's | A new report from Sustainable Prosperity suggests that British Columbia’s carbon tax has not yet rendered the province a barren hellscape where those who’ve managed to maintain their sanity struggle daily to survive amid the constant threats of roaming tribes of cannibals and a unique species of superwolf that it turns out our carbon emissions were suppressing.
The Tyee |Carbon taxes may get pilloried by Canada’s federal government, but in B.C. such a policy has reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gases without hurting the provincial economy, a new report suggests.