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About Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited

Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited (HSAL) is a multidisciplinary strategic planning and public affairs consultancy, focused on environmental and land use planning, stakeholder relations (including communications, facilitation, public consultation and engagement), socio-economic impact assessment, communications, engineering and related services. We have the expertise to predict and decipher technical and public policy issues, and significant experience mitigating them, building consensus and attaining even the most complex approvals. For more information, visit www.hardystevenson.com

Environmentally Yours on World Environment Day

In recognition of World Environment Day, we are highlighting a link to a recent Macleans article: Environmentally Yours, as featured in the April 29 issue of Macleans, and posted on the Portlands Energy Centre (PEC) website. Written by award-winning Canadian writer Gabrielle … Continue reading

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Power Plants and Communities: Rethinking the Relationship

Following the break-up of Ontario Hydro in the late ‘90s, provincial energy policy migrated to the Premier’s office. This, tightly centralized decision-making is reminiscent of the circumstances almost a century earlier when Sir Adam Beck led protests at Queen’s Park. Beck’s cry for ‘Power for … Continue reading

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The Value of the Benefits Blueprint

This opinion editorial (Op Ed) first appeared on April 25, 2013 in the Telegraph-Journal, Saint John, New Brunswick, and is re-printed here with permission.   A generation ago, urban and rural planners worried about “boom bust” effects associated with large mining, energy and infrastructure projects. … Continue reading

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How to Move Your Home Renovation Forward with Municipal Approvals

You finally have enough saved to start that home renovation. You are ready to build the extension and drive in the first nail.  Before breaking a sweat you decide to contact your friend to lend a hand.  You share your … Continue reading

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How to Work with Multiple Stakeholder Groups

In my experience working with major projects, I have learned a lot about communication between several different organizations and levels of government. Sometimes it is very difficult to see progress with projects with so many stakeholders, but here are a … Continue reading

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How to Effectively Use QR Codes for Your Business

Walking down the street or flipping through a magazine you may have come across a square made of seemingly random smaller black and white squares. What you may or may not know is this square is a QR code, and … Continue reading

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Why Municipalities Need Social Media

The number of Canadians using some form of social media is growing daily. In 2011, 35 per cent of Canadians visited a social media site everyday – representing growth of 16 per cent from 2010 (Jason, 2011). While young people … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Energy Future: Part 2

As promised, here’s Part 2 of Noah’s documentary on, “Toronto’s Energy Future.” Noah Brotman is an Urban Planner at Hardy Stevenson Associates Limited and the newest member of our team. Noah completed his Master of Environmental Studies and Urban Planning at York … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Energy Future: Part 1

Our newest team member, Noah Brotman, created a compelling documentary on, “Toronto’s Energy Future.” Here’s Part 1. (Part 2 will follow later this week.) Noah Brotman is an Urban Planner at Hardy Stevenson Associates Limited and the newest member of our team. Noah … Continue reading

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Planning Through Video

We live in a world where there is constant competition for people’s attention. On a daily basis we can be inundated by information from dozens of social media sites, news aggregators, blog, vlogs, podcasts, twitter, facebook and so on. With … Continue reading

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