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 March 26, 2014 British Columbia Enacted the Most Significant Carbon Tax in the Western Hemisphere. What Happened Next Is It Worked.

Suppose that you live in Vancouver and you drive a car to work. Naturally, you have to get gas regularly. When you stop at the pump, you may see a notice like the one above, explaining that part of the price you're paying is, in effect, due to the cost of carbon. That's because in 2008, the government of British Columbia decided to impose a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, enacting what has been called "the most significant carbon tax in the Western Hemisphere by far."

 February 27, 2014 Is The Solution To Climate Change In Vancouver?

ThinkProgress-ClimateAcross America, the impacts of climate change are already being felt as temperatures rise, droughts are prolonged, and weather becomes increasingly severe and unpredictable. But solutions seem few and far between — and solutions that both sides can agree on even fewer.

 January 27, 2014 Sprawl RETHINKING SUBURBIA

NRU Publishing-Vancouver Edition-Combating suburban sprawl will take more than plans for sustainable, walk able and transit-oriented communities because homeowners primarily look for affordability, speakers at a forum on managing sprawl agreed last week.

 January 16, 2014 Stand Up to Sprawl

ReNew Canada | The Infrastructure Magazine-A new report exposes hidden costs and innovative approaches to address suburban sprawl.


NRU Publishing-Vancouver Edition-Greater subsidies for transit, along with higher urban densities and revitalizing suburbs and city cores are the best ways to curb the growth of suburban sprawl, a recent report says.

 December 27, 2013 Telling Sprawl Tales

Planet S- Recently, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy — a privately funded think-tank b1ased in Winnipeg — published reports on housing affordability in Saskatoon and Regina.

 December 17, 2013 B.C.’s carbon tax leadership now more important than ever

Opinion: Organizations and citizens around the world cannot take good policies for granted

 November 4, 2013 The true costs of suburban sprawl

The Globe and Mail — For many Canadians, the first step in buying a home is to drive out of town. How far they go depends on how much they can afford to pay – it’s the “drive till you qualify” syndrome.

But are the costs in fact lower?

 October 31, 2013 Chamber Should Target Sprawl

In spite of its detractors, the argument by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce that all of Saskatoon would be better off if the city could find a way to make businesses more competitive is reasonable.

 October 28, 2013 Hidden costs of suburban sprawl in the billions: B.C. economist

Metro Vancouver- The hidden higher costs of car ownership, health care, water treatment, roads and sewage are creating a false sense of affordability in Canadian suburbs, according to a new study by a Victoria-based environmental economist.

 October 28, 2013 The cost of life in the suburbs

A new study highlights the often overlooked price of living in the suburbs: a second car.

 October 28, 2013 Urban sprawl costs taxpayers

The Ottawa Sun Slowing new development in the suburbs, while encouraging high-density development in the core, will save taxpayers money and improve people's quality of life, a new study suggests.

 October 28, 2013 Hidden costs of sprawl will cripple cities, report says

The Toronto Star- What if the real estate listing for a $400,000 suburban house advised potential buyers that the price doubles if they factor in the $10,000 annual cost of running a second car over the life of the mortgage?

 October 28, 2013 Sham of ‘free parking’ just one of the hidden costs associated with urban sprawl

The Globe and Mail- Growth should pay for itself. It’s an idea supported so extensively by planners, governments and developers it’s become a truism. But it’s not the reality in most Canadian cities. From the sham of “free parking” to the extra costs of laying down new sewers for far-flung suburbs, there are myriad hidden costs to sprawl, according to a report released Monday by Sustainable Prosperity, a research network based at the University of Ottawa. Dave Thompson, the report’s author, spoke to the Globe and Mail’s Dakshana Bascaramurty by phone from Victoria.

October 4, 2013 Need an elegant antidote to global warming? Look to B.C.

The Globe and Mail| The twisted psychology behind climate change science does no favours for the scientists or anyone else convinced that burning carbon is warming the planet to life-threatening levels. The scarier the science, the wearier everyone becomes, to the point of fatigue. Ho-hum, another warning that our little blue orb is hurtling toward crispy bacon status; pass me a beer.


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