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Mega Decisions

Posted on October 10, 2014
Written by Noelle Stapinsky

Public opposition makes approval processes for major infrastructure projects increasingly difficult.

Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway Project has been a hot topic for more than a decade now, and there still doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Originally proposed in 2004, the $6.5-billion pipeline project would consist of twin pipelines running 1,177 kilometres from Northern [...]

New Saskatoon Police HQ Sets Standard in Canada

Posted on September 24, 2014

More than 650 members of the Saskatoon Police Service moved into their new home this summer, as the new Saskatoon Police Headquarters opened its doors. It is designed by Toronto-based design firm CS&P Architects, in partnership with aodbt architecture + interior design of Saskatoon, and built by [...]

Freed Breeze

Posted on September 18, 2014
Written by Bruce Orloff

Harness the power of wind with big data and analytics.

Wind—it’s powerful, plentiful, and now, predictable. Improvements in technologies for managing big data, like analytics, have enhanced the potential for utility companies to forecast and manage wind better than ever before. This is especially significant for utilities looking for new and innovative [...]

Trees as Infrastructure: Urban Forest Policy

Posted on September 11, 2014
Written by Adrina Bardekjian

How organizations and municipalities are influencing urban forestry development in Canada.

Urban forests in Canada face a diversity of issues environmentally, socially, and economically. Research shows that issues include invasive insects, diverse cultural perspectives, and a lack of funding for proactive maintenance. Trees are often underrepresented in our cities and need advocates to help [...]

Take Cover

Posted on September 3, 2014

Public policy and planning open the floodgates for green roofs on residential high rises.

Melanie Belz and husband Michael sold their house and are moving into a two-bedroom apartment in Toronto’s upscale Forest Hill neighbourhood this fall. For a couple accustomed to owning their own home, moving into a typical downtown apartment would have been tough. When they found the Heathview, Morguard’s [...]

Balancing Act

Posted on September 3, 2014
Written by David Caplan

How P3s may help repair Canada’s water and wastewater systems given the financial dilemma faced by municipalities.

Properly maintained water and wastewater systems underpin our quality of life. Most Canadians are unaware of the poor condition of these systems and the risks associated with our governments’ lack of an adequate plan for long-term sustainability. If not addressed, this negligence will cause economic [...]

Infrastructure & Your Health

Posted on July 22, 2014
Written by Steven Peck

Research shows humans need natural elements and environments to be mentally and physically healthy.

A growing body of research points to the fact that humans have a fundamental affinity for nature and, more importantly, that we need to be surrounded by natural environments to be mentally and physically healthy. This idea is called the biophilia hypothesis, and it was first described by E. O Wilson [...]

Pan Am Games: One Year Out

Posted on July 22, 2014
Written by Treena Hein

Managing the risk behind the ‘biggest ever’ Pan Am Games headed to Toronto in 2015.

The clock is ticking down until next year’s Pan American and Parapan American games in Toronto—and everything is on track for what will be the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in Canada. The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will be held July 10 to 26, 2015, with the Parapan Am Games from August [...]

Risk & Reward

Posted on July 15, 2014
Written by Paul Smetanin

Examining the latest RCCAO report: "Ontario Infrastructure Investment: Federal and Provincial Risks & Rewards"

With the recent provincial election, the majority Liberal government now has an excellent opportunity to proceed with its plan to invest $130 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years. Strategic considerations and coordination will be crucial. In particular, an evidence-based approach is paramount [...]

The Way Forward

Posted on July 8, 2014
Written by Robert Puentes and Bruce Katz

America, in the midst of an infrastructure crisis, should move toward true partnerships between governments, private firms, financiers, and the public.

As public dollars become scarcer, the next generation of American infrastructure will require the public, private, and civic sectors to engage and partner in new ways. From private investments in telecommunication systems, broadband networks, freight railroads, energy projects, and pipelines, to public [...]
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