Canada Infrastructure

Pedestrian Safety Must Be Part Of The Urban Transit Conversation

Jon Packer | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

On the morning of Oct. 28, 2015, 12 pedestrians were struck by cars in the City of Toronto. While some would say it's the result of a wet, grey day, this statistic follows an average of six pedestrians being hit each day, a stunningly high number set to increase as density intensifies and our population ages.

Cities Will Be On The Front Lines Of Implementing The Global Goals

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

According to the United Nations, managing the growth of urban areas is among the most urgent development challenges of the 21st century and will be a major factor in the achievement of the 2030 sustainable development agenda. By 2050, an estimated two-thirds of the world's population will live in urban areas, with 90 per cent of that growth occurring in developing countries. Local and regional governments will need to respond by developing and maintaining infrastructure to serve the population growth.

5 Questions for Federal Leaders on the Economy

Raymond Louie | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Raymond Louie

The economy is not an abstract concept to be debated like some complex math equation. It is the day to day moments of our life that tell us whether it is safe to dream of something better for ourselves and for our children. The truth is this: on Thursday night, if a party leader does not spell out a serious plan to work with cities and municipalities, then don't be fooled. They don't have a serious plan for jobs and the economy. With that it mind, here are five questions federal political leaders need to answer in Thursday night's debate.

This Recession Is Inconvenient for Harper

Brent Rathgeber | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Brent Rathgeber

The worst kept secret regarding the economy was made official today -- Canada is in a recession. There is nothing technical about it; the definition of a recession is relatively straightforward: two consecutive quarters with negative economic growth. The fact that this definition might not be convenient for a sitting government's, which holds itself out as brilliant economic managers, political fortunes is irrelevant. By any objective standard, the Canadian economy is under-performing.

Trudeau's Pro-Economic Growth Platform Is All About Jobs

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

With a strong plan to invest in jobs and economic growth, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has boldly distinguished himself from both Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair. Mr. Harper's growth record is the worst of any prime minister in eight decades. There are 160,000 more jobless Canadians today than before he took office. And Mr. Mulcair has strangely sided with the Harper austerity agenda, meaning billions of dollars in program cuts and/or broken promises to concoct the appearance of a balanced budget next year. The Mulcair plan and the Harper plan are formulae for going nowhere. Justin Trudeau is offering the only agenda for real change.

Four Key Areas to Watch in Canada's Labour Market

Tom Turpin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As the country's leading staffing agency, we're able to identify trends shaping the world of work before they become official statistics. In analyzing our own data and combining it with anecdotal evidence from employers we work with, we've identified four key areas to watch as the year plays out.

Bioconcrete May Be The Future of Construction

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bioconcrete is nearly at the tipping point and appears to be just a few months to years away from being the next wave of concrete development. Although this may start off as a fad, there is good reason to hope it lasts.

Canadian Governments Have Failed to Slay the Real Deficit We Face

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Thanks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin, I think we've all been conditioned to think that balanced budgets are very good things. But not all deficits are bad. It is prudent or even smart to slash and scrap into a surplus like Stephen Harper has done. Especially considering that Canada's infrastructure deficit is estimated at nearly $400 billion -- and growing.

The Union-Pearson Express Train Gets a Big Thumbs Down

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The rail-link will connect Canada's two busiest transport hubs: Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Despite the high-speed connector between the two busiest hubs, transport authorities expect only 5,000 daily riders on the UP Express. The King Streetcar, in comparison, carries in excess of 65,000 daily riders.

Don't Throw Out the P3 Baby With the Bathwater

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Something as dull sounding as public-private partnerships (P3s) has suddenly grabbed headlines thanks to a recent report from Ontario's Auditor General. P3s are an increasingly common tool for governments in Canada, and around the world, to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

To Fix Transit, Ontario Should Look to the Private Sector

Allan O'Dette | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Allan O'Dette

The results of the recent municipal election have produced a strong mandate for renewed investment in transit and transportation. In an era of fiscal constraint, how does the Ontario government get the biggest bang for its buck out of this fund? The answer is right under its nose: trust in the made-in-Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. The government uses the AFP model as a means to leverage capital and expertise from the private sector to design, build, finance, and maintain major infrastructure projects. In doing so, the model transfers the risk of project cost increases and scheduling delays on to the private sector.

Aboriginal People Are on a Slow March To Second-Class Citizenship

Chief Shining Turtle | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Chief Shining Turtle

I want to tell you a story about discrimination. It is a story that has been told for years by people living on reserves like the one where I live. Now a document prepared by federal bureaucrats has been released that describes the yawning gaps between social services provided to Aboriginal people living on reserves and everyone else. We are experiencing a slow motion march towards second-class citizenship. We're talking about billions of dollars that are not being spent on education for children, healthcare for the sick, and clean drinking water for all -- just because people are unlucky enough to be Aboriginal. Aboriginal people on reserves are asking for comparable services as other Canadians. This is not too much to demand.

Economic Development And Human Rights Shouldn't Be Mutually Exclusive

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Udoka Okafor

What does it matter how many cars we eventually learn to start manufacturing, the roads we pave and buildings we erect, if those cars are used to transport homosexuals on our freshly built roads to the freshly built prisons.

Don't Be Fooled By Harper's "Surplus"

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

Mr. Harper's only imperative is "looking good" for an election in 2015. To him, that means claiming a surplus, not matter how temporary or artificial. Never mind the nation's sputtering economy or tens of thousands of Canadians out of work.

Andrea Horwath Is the Election's Biggest Loser

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The biggest loser in this election is not the Hudak Conservatives, but the NDP. Had Ms. Horwath not defeated the May budget and triggered this election, she would have kept the minority Liberals hostage to her dictates. While the NDP is set to gain an additional seat in these elections, it has lost all legislative power it enjoyed only a few weeks ago. Hardly a success by any measure. Tim Hudak's Conservatives ran a far right Tea Partish campaign that took comfort and strength in ideology, flawed as it may be, and not in rationality.

Hudak Ignores Economics 101

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Conservative platform is off the economic track as it invokes analogies and comparisons that defy the economic fundamentals. Ontarians on June 12 have to vote on their future. They can choose to invest in Ontario's education, health, and infrastructure. Alternatively, they can choose to become the victims of false analogies.

The Two Distinct Visions For Ontario's Economy

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

As Ontario inches closer to elections in June, two distinct visions emerge for the provincial economy. The Liberals propose investments in physical and social infrastructure, which will require running a deficit in the short run. The Ontario Conservatives, however, balk at the idea of deficit financing and propose stringent spending cuts.

Want to Live Longer? Move to a City

Jon Packer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

As warmer spring weather finally arrives, many of us long for the great outdoors with walks, bike rides and the Holy Grail -- cottage getaways. The notion is that if we could only spend more time out of the city, we'd be both happier and healthier. The reality though is somewhat different.

Why Free Trade Agreements Grow Canadian Business

Terrance Oakey | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business
Terrance Oakey

Policies that restrict competition ultimately act to the detriment of Canadian firms and their workers. Free trade agreements like CETA open new markets for Canadian companies, but also force them to compete against foreign entities at home. It is that competition that spurs innovation and productivity.

Why We Must Build Resilience Into Canadian Cities

Matthew Kellway | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Matthew Kellway

Tom Mulcair came to Toronto's City Hall last month and delivered this simple message: urban issues have to be a federal priority. And, he promised that the NDP would make them so. The occasion for Tom's visit was my urban summit, "Re-Imagining Our Cities II: The Resilient City."

Not Your Mother's Budget Surplus

Mark Milke | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Beyond higher taxes or more debt, there has always been another option: prudent spending. However, that is something the Alberta government has been less than adept at in some years. For instance, had the province increased program spending after 2005/06 and to 2012/2013 but only in line with inflation and population growth, it would have spent $22 billion less compared to what it actually sent out the door.

The Walter Scott Centre

Cole Hogan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Today I am announcing the launch of the Walter Scott Centre, a Saskatchewan focused think tank named after our first premier.

Make Infrastructure Dollars Go Further with Open Tendering

Terrance Oakey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

The 2014 Federal Budget made important investments in Canada's infrastructure, something for which the Harper Government deserves great praise. However, the Government could get a lot more bang for its infrastructure buck if it required open tendering for all projects using federal money.

Why Colombia's is the Next Economy to Watch

Peter Hall | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Canadian investors are well-known in Colombia, particularly in the oil and gas sector. The crisis proved to be a setback to impressive investment activity, but it has since rebounded. Canadian direct investment in Colombia is now over 70 per cent higher than at the 2008 peak, at just under $1.8 billion.

How to Beat Stephen Harper's Cynical Election Playbook

Deborah Coyne | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada
Deborah Coyne

We face two critical challenges in Canadian national politics today. First, how do we restore genuine democracy and persuade the 40 per cent of Canadians who sat out the vote in 2011 to vote again? The second challenge relates to the first: How do we convince those same Canadians to vote for the strong, active federal government we need to build a productive, innovative economy that fairly benefits all Canadians?