Policy 101: Solutions to market access through the Canadian Northern Corridor
Market access has been one of the most significant hurdles for some of Alberta’s core sectors to overcome. With a bright future for Alberta’s export industries, it’s a challenge that demands a long-term solution. The University of Calgary School of Public Policy is taking on this challenge, working towards a long-term solution to solve Canada’s market access, infrastructure, and internal trade challenges.
Canada’s North: By China for China
The Globe and Mail
Last week, China released its 2021-25 strategic plan to engage in "pragmatic co-operation" to build its "Polar Silk Road," a smaller piece of its overall Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). To be clear, by "road" the Chinese government means "route," and by that it really means the transpolar shipping route over the North Pole through international waters. Why does China want to "help" build an Arctic trade route?
Why Canada should invest in ‘macrogrids’ for greener, more reliable electricity
As the recent disaster in Texas showed, climate change requires electricity utilities to prepare for extreme events. This “global weirding” leads to more intense storms, higher wind speeds, heatwaves and droughts that can threaten the performance of electricity systems.Enhancing long-distance transmission is viewed as a cost-effective way to enable a clean and reliable power grid, and to lower the cost of meeting our climate targets. Now is the time to strengthen transmission links in Canada.
Keystone XL may be dead but Canada's interprovincial trade barriers are alive and well
The Globe and Mail
While President Trump supported the Keystone XL permit (twice fast tracking its approval via executive order to avoid lengthy reassessment by the US State Department) he also took unilateral action to force renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and issued multiple executive orders imposing punitive tariffs on Canada’s exports to the U.S. The reasons behind the executive orders of Presidents Trump and Biden are as different as the men themselves, but for Canada the common element is a pattern of unilateral action detrimental to our exports and by extension our economy. So, how should we respond to the latest development in this pattern?
CNC Newsletter: Winter 2021
A 'northern corridor' to put Canada back on the map
Could a mega project like the Canadian Northern Corridor provide a bold, new approach to unlock the potential of our renewable and non-renewable resource base?
The Case for Investing in Northern Infrastructure
The School of Public Policy
It’s September, it’s Canada, and that means winter is coming. And in Canada’s North, that means winter road season. The Northwest Territories (NWT), with an area of 1.3 million square km, has only 2,200 km of all-season highways, augmented by 1,435 km of public winter roads. Only 19 of 33 communities have year-round road access, and four communities have no road access at all. Lack of road access contributes to community isolation and high cost of living and renders much of the territory’s vast resources uneconomic.
How an idea that moved Allied tanks on D-Day can help us build a better road to the far north
The National Post
Trying to replicate southern gravel roads over the melting permafrost is a fool’s errand of the first order. Rig-mat roads are a more appropriate technology that is sustainable, flexible and affordable.
Cross-Canada corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election
The notion of a pan-Canadian corridor dedicated to rail, power lines and pipelines has been around for at least half a century but it looks like it’s about to get a big publicity boost.