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Federal Government Awards Innovation Supercluster Funding

Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has announced the winners of the $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI) – part of the government’s innovation agenda. The winning superclusters come from across the country and represent key sectors the government made a priority in

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Navigating the post OMB world

Ontario’s land use planning approvals system is changing signficantly under Bill 139.  Municipalities will have increased control over the policies that they implement and the decisions they administer. That means big changes for developers in Ontario. This presentation highlights some of these changes and was delivererd to

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Wynne’s Cabinet Shuffle Creates Election Sales Force

Today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne rejigged her Cabinet in a long-anticipated shuffle. This likely represents the last shift in the Cabinet line up before the June 7 election. The Premier took the opportunity to increase gender parity, accelerate the generational change in the Cabinet and create the

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A SMART APPROACH to Building Stronger Communities

INTRODUCTION In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada announced that it will provide Infrastructure Canada with $300 million over 11 years to launch a Smart Cities Challenge Fund (Fund). The purpose of the Fund, modeled after similar initiatives in the United States, is to encourage communities to

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