Tag: cities

City Leaders Must Think Futuristically

As technology increasingly plays a role in our daily lives, and at a rapid pace, an unknown future of the effects of automated intelligence, automated and connected vehicles and algorithms will become prevalent. Governments of all levels are tied to reacting to crises and issues Cities are not prepared for the future. How can the public gain trust in a government every 4 years with Councils’ terms of priorities that are politically driven?

Most thinking is in the medium term. Official Plans, Transportation Master Plans Leadership teams are caught in a never ending loop of addressing long term risks with uncompromising short term solutions and tactical responses. These drain organizational resources and make disruption an inevitability.

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Carbon Tax Campaigning: A Lesson from Washington State

One of the main campaign issues that will occur during this year’s Federal election will be the carbon tax.  All provinces and territories will have some form of carbon pricing mechanism in place.  Those provinces that haven’t will have a backstop system in place which is an “output-based system for industries with industries exceeding 50 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year and the carbon levy on the carbon content of all liquid fuels (such as gasoline, diesel and fuel oil), natural gas and electricity produced from emissions-intensive energy sources such as coal, petroleum coke and natural gas”, as summarized by Dalhousie Professor Larry Hughes.

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