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 July 9, 2014 The shocking truth about B.C.’s carbon tax: It works

When Mark Twain wrote, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story,” he could have been describing Canada’s current climate policy debate. Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeatedly claims that a carbon tax would “destroy jobs and growth.” Yet the evidence from the province that actually passed such a tax – British Columbia – tells a different story.

 June 30, 2014 B.C. put a price on carbon. What happened next will surprise you


When I pull up to the pumps in my small hometown on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, I pay more for a tank of gas than in California, my new home. Why? Because regardless of where gas prices hover at the moment, the B.C. government tops off every gallon with a 25-cent tax.

 June 27, 2014 Increase water prices for better infrastructure?


Cash-strapped Canadian municipalities are struggling to address the high costs of maintaining water and wastewater infrastructure.

 June 12, 2014 Trailblazing California-Quebec Climate Plan Faces Fossil Industry Pushback

When you combine climate change, an unlikely partnership between Californians and French-speaking Canadians—and the prospect of an 8-cents-a-gallon rise in gasoline prices—what do you get?

The energy industry vs. California. And Quebec.

 June 2, 2014 British Columbia: The case for a carbon tax

B.C. is Canada’s greenest provinces for a number of reasons, but its decision to put a price on carbon stands out as its greatest single achievement.

 May 28, 2014 Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?

Is there a way to capitalize on capitalist motives and practices and live sustainably? IDEAS host Paul Kennedy hosts a panel at the University of Ottawa which wrestles with these very questions.

 May 28, 2014 How large is the Canadian environmental market?

It’s a question that is not easy to answer due to widely divergent views about what constitutes an environmental market.
However, a new report released last month puts the value of Canadian environmental markets at between $406 and 625 million.

 May 23, 2014 May: Real costs of urban sprawl unsustainable

by Steve May

When Northern Ontarians contemplate urban sprawl, we may think of homes and businesses creeping up Highway 400 on our drive into Toronto. We may shake our heads at the loss of productive farmland, and wonder how it is that southern Ontario decision-makers have embraced such an unsustainable form of urban development.

 May 1, 2014 Ottawa risking oil investment, conference hears

The Harper government received a stark warning this week that its reliance on fossil-fuel exports to keep the economy humming is an increasingly risky gambit in a world grappling with the need to dramatically reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases.

 March 26, 2014 British Columbia Enacted the Most Significant Carbon Tax in the Western Hemisphere. What Happened Next Is It Worked.

Suppose that you live in Vancouver and you drive a car to work. Naturally, you have to get gas regularly. When you stop at the pump, you may see a notice like the one above, explaining that part of the price you're paying is, in effect, due to the cost of carbon.

 February 27, 2014 Is The Solution To Climate Change In Vancouver?

ThinkProgress-ClimateAcross America, the impacts of climate change are already being felt as temperatures rise, droughts are prolonged, and weather becomes increasingly severe and unpredictable. But solutions seem few and far between — and solutions that both sides can agree on even fewer.

 January 27, 2014 Sprawl RETHINKING SUBURBIA

NRU Publishing-Vancouver Edition-Combating suburban sprawl will take more than plans for sustainable, walk able and transit-oriented communities because homeowners primarily look for affordability, speakers at a forum on managing sprawl agreed last week.

 January 16, 2014 Stand Up to Sprawl

ReNew Canada | The Infrastructure Magazine-A new report exposes hidden costs and innovative approaches to address suburban sprawl.


NRU Publishing-Vancouver Edition-Greater subsidies for transit, along with higher urban densities and revitalizing suburbs and city cores are the best ways to curb the growth of suburban sprawl, a recent report says.

 December 27, 2013 Telling Sprawl Tales

Planet S- Recently, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy — a privately funded think-tank b1ased in Winnipeg — published reports on housing affordability in Saskatoon and Regina.


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