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ACT Executive Director to Speak at UBC TerreWeb Seminar

ACT Executive Director to Speak at UBC TerreWeb Seminar

ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford speaks at the second UBC TerreWeb seminar tomorrow, January 26th 2012, on climate change and the energy-water nexus, as well as policy and media strategies for communicating scientific work. Climate change impacts will affect hydrological systems as well as energy production and distribution. Compounding these challenges is the fact that […]

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Deborah Harford speaks with Global Times about Koyto Protocol

Deborah Harford speaks with Global Times about Koyto Protocol

Reposted from Global Times, December 25, 2011 Editor’s Note: Canada’s withdrawal from the Koyto Protocol has shocked the world and cast a shadow on global efforts at combating climate change. What does the Canadians think of this decision and the protocol? Why did Canada’s emissions schemes fail? Global Times (GT) reporter Gao Lei invited Deborah […]

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The Value of Long-Term Planning for Climate Change: Learning from the District of Elkford, BC

The Value of Long-Term Planning for Climate Change: Learning from the District of Elkford, BC

By Tim Shah, ACT Intern As a student of Community and Regional planning, I have come to learn and appreciate the value and strength of Official Community Plans (OCPs). An OCP is a policy framework for City Council that addresses issues such as housing, transportation, infrastructure, parks, economic development and the natural and social environment. […]

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Valuing the Present Over the Future: An Update on Water Governance From Alberta

Valuing the Present Over the Future: An Update on Water Governance From Alberta

ACT Water report author Bob Sandford recently visited Edmonton and Calgary as part of his FLOW Cross-Canada tour, which has taken him to 16 cities in eight provinces. At each stop, he has heard stories about water of both hope and despair, while observing Canadian cities and provinces facing major challenges in water management exacerbated […]

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What We Heard From the Victoria Audience on Water Governance

What We Heard From the Victoria Audience on Water Governance

The audience in Victoria for the Victoria leg of the National Discussion Series: Securing Our Water Future, sponsored by FLOW and hosted in partnership with ACT and POLIS at the University of Victoria, raised a wide variety of water governance issues with immediate relevance for BC residents. One audience member asked about the role of […]

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Securing Our Water Future: Lessons Learned in Victoria, BC

Securing Our Water Future: Lessons Learned in Victoria, BC

Following the Vancouver event, Bob Sandford, along with panelists Jon O’Riordan and Oliver Brandes proceeded to the Victoria tour stop on November 9th. The event was held at the University of Victoria and was well attended with over 60 people in the audience, with Rod Dobell, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at the University of […]

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Focusing on Public Responses: What We Heard in Vancouver

Focusing on Public Responses: What We Heard in Vancouver

In this post we focus on the reactions from the crowd who attended the National Discussion Series: Securing Our Water Future tour stop in Vancouver, hosted by ACT at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Room. Attendance was impressively diverse; participants ranged from young students to seniors, from academic and industry experts to community members with a […]

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Water Governance and Leadership Both Needed For Water Policy Reform: An update from Vancouver

Water Governance and Leadership Both Needed For Water Policy Reform: An update from Vancouver

“The trouble with water – and there is trouble with water – is that they aren’t making any more of it” ~ Marq de Villiers We present the Vancouver water tour experience in two parts: The first, today’s blog, covers a summary of the presentations; the second (tomorrow) will discuss what the public concerns and […]

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