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The World Needs More Green Bonds

Posted on October 7, 2015
Written by Andrea Goertz
In order to prevent catastrophic global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that at least $53 trillion must be invested over the next 20 years in renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects and that meeting this goal will require an additional $1 trillion a year in additional investment. This daunting funding shortfall can be overcome, but for this to happen the private sector needs to step up and take a leadership role. This is where green bonds come in. Green bonds are a new type of financing that make it easier for organizations [...]

Ontario Investments Require Integrated Decision-Making

Posted on September 18, 2015
Written by RCCAO
The future of infrastructure in Ontario looks bright after the government’s budget pledge of $130 billion over 10 years. But the province desperately needs to choose the right infrastructure and build it right, using long-term, forward-thinking financial instruments, and tax policies. In order to overcome short-term thinking, governments at all levels will also need to adopt more integrated decision-making models and work collaboratively. What do our political leaders have on their infrastructure and public policy agendas today that will be relevant in [...]

U.S. Pledges $160M to Develop Smart City Apps

Posted on September 15, 2015
Written by André Voshart
The U.S. government has announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest more than $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. The new initiative is part of this administration’s overall commitment to target federal resources to meet local needs and support community-led solutions. “Every [...]

Celebrating 10 Years: How P3s Have Evolved

Posted on August 10, 2015
Written by Mark Romoff
When the Confederation Bridge began construction more than two decades ago, most Canadians had probably never heard of public-private partnerships (P3s). However, that project, which provides a critical transportation link between Prince Edward Island and the mainland, was one of the early success stories that led to Canada becoming a world leader in P3s. Today, most Canadians recognize the value of P3 infrastructure in their communities. The John Hart Generating Station replacement on Vancouver Island, the ring roads in Calgary and Edmonton, the Disraeli [...]

Living Green Infrastructure Coming of Age

Posted on August 7, 2015
Written by Steven W. Peck
In 2014, at the urging of the GIOC and the environmental commissioner, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing amended its Provincial Policy Statements to include a definition of living green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is now defined as “natural and human-made elements that provide ecological and hydrological functions and processes. Green infrastructure can include components such as natural heritage features and systems, parklands, stormwater management systems, street trees, urban forests, natural channels, permeable surfaces [...]

WeirFoulds’ Municipal Infrastructure Dialogue

Posted on May 28, 2015
Written by Dan Ferguson, Brad McLellan, and Lyn Townsend
On May 12, 2015, WeirFoulds’ Infrastructure and Public Projects Practice Group held a Municipal Infrastructure Dialogue at Copper Creek Golf Course in Kleinburg, Ontario. The program brought together participants from both the public sector and the private sector to discuss how best to deliver municipal infrastructure projects at a time of critical need for development and repair—but with limited sources of funding and financing. Following the event, WeirFoulds partners Dan Ferguson, Brad McLellan, and Lyn Townsend summarized their main takeaway [...]

We Need a National Infrastructure Partnership

Posted on May 11, 2015
Written by Kathleen Wynne
I often speak about building Ontario up. When I say this, I mean it both literally and figuratively. Investments in infrastructure are critical to the success of Ontario and Canada. Yet the 2014-’15 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report ranked Canada’s infrastructure 19th in the world, down from 12th in 2006-’07. As we consider Canada’s infrastructure situation, we should take a moment to reflect on our country’s history of building itself up. Half a century ago, our country’s leaders—Lester Pearson in Ottawa, Jean Lesage [...]

Remedying ‘Years of Liberal Inaction’

Posted on May 1, 2015
Written by Denis Lebel
Investments in modern and efficient public infrastructure across Canada create jobs, promote economic growth, and provide a high quality of life for all Canadians and their families. I was a mayor when Paul Martin was prime minister, and I remember the ad hoc, unpredictable, and insufficient nature of that government’s so-called infrastructure programs. Only our government can be trusted to remedy the years of Liberal inaction when it comes to investing in Canada’s public infrastructure. In fact, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper [...]

Conservative ‘Scheme’ Trumping Municipal Infrastructure

Posted on May 1, 2015
Written by Ralph Goodale
Except for the Harper government, there seems to be complete consensus about the leading importance of municipal and other infrastructure in building a more prosperous Canadian economy. Globally, the G20, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development are all promoting it. So are the provincial premiers, the Bank of Canada, the parliamentary budget officer, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, along with major think tanks like the C.D. Howe Institute, the Conference Board, and [...]

Take Politics out of Transit Planning

Posted on April 21, 2015
Written by Andy Manahan
Last year, the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario commissioned a four-part video series that has had an impact on conversations around the GTA, focusing on the need to minimize political interference in transit planning. Once a viable plan has been arrived at through evidence-based decision-making, however, the videos emphasize the need to maximize political support for the approved plans. Prime examples of political interference cited in the videos include: former premier Mike Harris’s cancellation of the just under construction [...]

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