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Blog | Canada West Foundation - Part 25

Celebrity critics can drive positive conversations

Neil Young, James Cameron, Leo DiCaprio and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have at least one thing in common. Three of the four, of course, are entertainers, who have made their fortunes by artfully capturing the North American zeitgeist through cinema and music. The fourth came to celebrity later in life, for courageous spiritual and political leadership

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Let’s Talk Energy – a continuing dialogue

This article is the last in the Canada West Foundation’s Let’s Talk Energy (LTE) series. LTE was born of a conversation in the fall of 2010 in which then-CEO Roger Gibbins coined the notion of an “ideas agenda” as part of the ongoing discussions about a Canadian energy strategy. This notion led to the development of the

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I’ll Keep on TOC’n

One of the more enjoyable parts of my work routine over the past year has been the opportunity to pull together the weekly blog article for the Let’s TOC website. So, it is with some sadness that I am posting my last entry. The original intention of theLet’s TOC initiative was to pull together members of Canada’s infrastructure

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Investment in infrastructure is Canada’s economic health-care program

It is well established that sustained investment in public infrastructure brings results—enhanced economic productivity, higher competitiveness, and therefore, better rates of economic growth. And, it is this economic growth that generates revenue for governments with which to fund Canada’s globally-envied health care, education, and social safety nets.  Hence, our quality of life in this country.

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Bridging our way to a better city

Many cities have nicknames.  New York is the “Big Apple.”  Calgary is “Cowtown.”  Brandon is “Wheat City.”  And Saskatoon is the “City of Bridges.”  At first blush, that label seems counter-intuitive.  After all, Saskatoon sits smack-dab in the middle of the western Canadian prairie.  But, Saskatoon is home to a dozen bridges that span the

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Field of Dreams, Part II

Whenever I point to the Jets Stadium and the establishment of the Vauxhall Baseball Academy as an example of a very successful local and rural infrastructure investment that has yielded some great economic development and social dividends, the response is overwhelmingly positive. Often, it’s outright astonishment.  During the course of the 2012 National Infrastructure Summit, I was

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