Category Archives: Management

Mitigate Municipal Headaches with Timely Tweets

Discover how Twitter can help your town, city or region to avoid issues and communicate with your community, especially during infrastructure construction projects or events. Continue reading

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Toronto’s Chattering Elites and Scarborough’s Transit Victims

Toronto’s councillors of wealthy wards and their chattering elite supporters turned a blind eye on a critical social justice issue for Danzig Street, Ward 44 and all of Scarborough. Instead, they opted to exclude social costs and benefits in deciding the fate of Scarborough’s transit. Our take on how and why assessing socio-economic impacts would have created a better life for Scarborough’s working poor and multicultural community. Continue reading

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Nine Lessons on Making Multi-Family Homes More Resilient

About 20 years ago, Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited was part of a team that prepared an aggressive strategy for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional waste reduction, reuse and recycling (3Rs) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  As the urban … Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Rethink Toronto’s Resiliency

Seven ways the recent ice storm, earlier power outages and floods enable us to consider whether municipal sustainability plans for Toronto and other municipalities should be reconsidered through the lens of resiliency planning. How different would social and environmental planning for food, climate change, energy, economic development, healthy communities, natural assets and transportation be if seen through the lens of ‘resiliency’? 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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