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And now, here's our shortlist of news...

Trudeau announces 'pan-Canadian framework' on climate — but Sask., Manitoba hold off

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says 'now is not the time' for a tax on his province's main industries. Read

Court ruling to force hiring of hundreds of teachers in BC

The BC government will likely have to hire hundreds of teachers and spend between $250 and $300 million more each year on education, after the dramatic win by BC teachers in the Supreme Court of Canada. Read

Child-care costs rising rapidly in Canada's biggest cities

According to a CCPA study, the growing cost of child care is outpacing inflation. Read

The Key to a Family-Friendly City? Family-Sized Housing

Fully functioning cities need families too. Here’s how they can attract and keep them. Read

Toronto explores laneway homes solution

The solution to Toronto's housing affordability crisis could be found in your own backyard. Read

Having an opinion while female: You’ll need a thick skin

Take a look at this opinion piece on the realities of bringing a women's voice to the table. Read

Body-shamed, threatened, bullied: N.L. finance minister shares cyber-abuse stories

Cathy Bennett calls online attacks 'unacceptable and frightening.' Read

Syrian refugees mark the first anniversary of arriving in Canada

The first plane of Liberal-sponsored refugees arrived a year ago. Now, in year two, the goal is integration. Read

Wage, job quality declining for young workers, Statscan says

A Statistics Canada study about the precarious position young workers find themselves in refocuses attention on the government's push to create jobs. Read

Opinion: Taking the high road to a low-carbon economy

In this op-ed, Green Jobs BC co-chairs share how BC can both generate jobs while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Read

Today, Canada joins more than 50 other countries who have banned asbestos

Full asbestos ban, changed codes and regulations are expected by 2018. Read

Towards a working-class environmentalism 

The environmental movement has become synonymous with elite technocratic liberalism. That doesn’t have to be the case. Read

Global hoarding? Human-made junk now outweighs humans themselves

Scientists say new research shows rapid growth of so-called ‘technosphere.’ Read
  • Charley Beresford, Columbia Institute's Executive Director, was a guest lecturer at Capilano University in November, where she spoke to students in the Local Government Administration Program about the Centre for Civic Governance.
  • Charley presented an update on Green Job BC's "Bold Green Jobs Plan for BC in November at the GJBC's conference.
  • Columbia Institute research associate and lead author, Keith Reynolds, presented findings from our report, Back in House: Why local governments are bringing services home in Toronto in December.
  • "Back in House" was presented at the Union of Nova Scotia Municipality Conference in November.
  • Stay tuned for information about our January webinar on the publication "Back in House."
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