Join us for our upcoming webinar on Tools for Fair Taxation with economist and CCPA research associate Hugh Mackenzie
. The webinar will take place October 29 from 1:30-2:30 EST. Registration and more information is available here
Publications and multimedia:
We are very pleased to highlight our most recent publications:
A Canadian Energy Strategy: Why should local governments care
discusses Canada's energy future and the need for a new national approach to energy. Local governments have a key stake in ensuring stable, sustainable, and affordable energy, and have an important role to play in the national energy discussion. Canadian municipalities struggling with climate change and crumbling infrastructure should demand a national energy strategy based on clean, renewable energy, not the exploitation of fossil fuels.
Read the full article here
Multi-Material BC and Local Governments
examines the implementation of British Columbia's new recycling system, and the ramifications for local governments. The provincial government is asking municipalities to choose between continuing their own curbside collection or turning it over to an industry group. While shifting responsibility for collecting and recycling packaging waste to industry seems to make sense, many municipalities are refusing to participate because they fear it will increase the overall cost to taxpayers.
See an op-ed
by Columbia Institute Executive Director Charley Beresford, and reporting in the Vancouver Sun
, the Globe and Mail
, and The Tyee
In collaboration with the Sierra Club of BC
, Mining: The Challenge for BC Local Governments
is the Columbia Institute's most recent research paper. Examining emerging local government issues resulting from BC's mining boom. Mining operations offer significant opportunities for communities, bringing great potential for jobs, development, and growth. On the other hand, mining can affect communities in adverse ways, from compromising drinking water and air quality to reducing property values. Current mining legislation in BC does not allow local governments to be involved in decision-making on major resource projects, even when these projects may impact residents' quality of life and may require budgetary expenditures to mitigate.
Who We Are
The Centre for Civic Governance at Columbia Institute works to strengthen Canadian communities and enhance the public good through analyzing issues, sharing best practices, and providing tools for locally elected leaders working to build inclusive, sustainable communities.