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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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BC’s Throne Speech: Horgan starts delivering for British Columbians (and the Greens)

The British Columbia’s government delivered its second speech from the throne since forming a government with the support of the Green caucus in June. The broad strokes of the speech set up the 2018 B.C. budget to be delivered on February 20. As these things are, the

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Too soon to determine if Trudeau government’s regulatory overhaul creates clarity – and unity

The Government of Canada announced today its long-awaited regulatory overhaul of the assessment and approvals process for major natural resources projects in Canada. Spreading out across the country, key federal ministers, led by Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr,

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Ontario: Path Ahead Becoming Clear After PC Leadership Upheaval

In the span of two days, Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario PC Party, MPP Vic Fedeli was chosen as Interim Leader, and the PC Party announced it was launching a hurry-up leadership race – all as the June 7, 2018 provincial election creeps closer.

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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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Ontario Politics: 2017 in Review & A Look Ahead to 2018

With 2017 drawing to a close and with a greatly-anticipated provincial election on the way in June 2018, we thought it was a good time to take stock of where each of Ontario’s main parties sits currently — and what’s in store for next year. Ontario Liberal

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Ontario PC Party Unveils 2018 Election Platform: “The People’s Guarantee”

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario took another step in its efforts to rebuild, re-brand and form government, with its Election Readiness and Policy Convention this weekend in Toronto and the surprise release of the Party’s Election Platform: “The People’s Guarantee.” Traditionally, the PC Party has had grassroots policy

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Ontario Fall Economic Statement Sets the Tone for Liberals’ Pre-Election Play

With less than seven months to go before the next provincial election, today the Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented the Fall Economic Statement (FES).  The Government’s essential posture with this Statement appears to be defensive, which might seem strange for a party mired in second place

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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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