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Ontario’s back to the future approach to planning

February 25, 2021 Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris’ ‘common sense revolution’ heralded a shredding the province’s planning rules, and proposals for a network of highway expansions in every direction outwards across the Greater Toronto Area. The government’s plans prompted a …


Cleaning up Ontario’s Hydro Mess

January 2021 One of the central promises in the 2018 platform of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party was to “clean up the hydro mess.” And a mess there certainly is with the costs of subsidies out of general provincial revenues …





Canada’s Small Modular Reactor Odyssey

October 30, 2020 Published in Policy Options, November 18, 2020 Last month’s federal Speech from the Throne contained a somewhat cryptic statement that, in addition to “supporting investments in renewable energy” the federal government would be supporting “next-generation clean energy …


Empathetic incompetence? The Ford government at 2 years

Published in The Conversation, August 25, 2020; Hamilton Spectator, September 9, 2020. Now into the third year of its mandate, the Ontario government under Premier Doug Ford is being assessed for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis. The impressions are …



Has Ontario made itself an “innovation wasteland” on energy?

July 13, 2020 On the Friday afternoon before the week of the Canada Day holiday, the Ford government in Ontario quietly announced a change to the province’s electricity rate structure. Going forward, industrial energy consumers are no longer to be …