Tag Archives: Ontario

Municipal Regulations Impact House Prices

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED arguing that municipal regulations impact house prices

Originally Published on the Fraser Insitute

By Kenneth P. Green, Josef Filipowicz, Steve Lafleur & Ian Herzog

As Canadians continue to converge on urban centres and concerns about the affordability of housing grow, it is crucial to understand why the country’s major housing markets have seen such dramatic growth in prices. This study presents evidence that the regulation of residential development restricts the housing supply, encouraging the growth of prices and distorting local economies.

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A Pivotal Time In Canada’s Clean Energy Transition

The ECOreportconsiders Clean Energy Canada’s report on a pivotal time in Canada’s clean energy transition

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada is at a crossroads. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggests our reliance on fossil fuels will soon be a memory. The future lies with renewables.  There are numerous challenges to be overcome. Yet the latest instalment of Tracking the Energy Revolution states this is a pivotal time in Canada’s clean energy transition.

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81% Of Ontarians Embrace Renewables

The ECOreport looks at the report “Getting FIT” & a poll that shows 81% of Ontarians embrace renewables

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Keith Brooks,  Clean Economy Program Director at Environmental Defence, acknowledges that Ontario made mistakes carrying out  its’ Green Energy and Green Economy Act, but he describes the opponents as a vocal minority. A new Ekos Research poll substantiates this view. 1 Only 17% of the respondents oppose further expansion of wind and solar energy, 81% of Ontarians embrace renewables.

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  1. Roy L Hales interview with Keith Brooks of Environmental Defence

Virtual Power Plant For The Grid & Homeowners

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Twenty homes within PowerStream’s territory have embarked upon a project that could change the face of electrical consumption in Ontario. They are taking part in a pilot project, which has been described as a virtual power plant for the grid & homeowners.

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NDP Leading In A Three Way Race

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1If the latest Ipsos Poll is any indication, it is easy to see why Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not want Elizabeth May to take part in another debate. The only parties to make any gains were the Liberals and Greens, though most polls show the NDP leading in a three way race.

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The Center Of Canada’s Anti-Wind Movement

As the Nation surpasses 10,000 MW of Capacity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWea) recently announced that “with the commissioning of the K2 Wind Power Project in southwestern Ontario this month, Canada has now become the 7th country in the world to surpass 10,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity.” Ontario has more turbines than any other province and is also the center of Canada’s anti-wind movement.

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Should Ontario Build Wind Turbines On Migration Routes?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1When the first winter’s snow covers their hunting grounds, Ontario’s Golden Eagles head south. Many fly along the shore of the Great Lakes, crossing into the United States when the shores are close. This is a major flyway and, according to an article in the Kingston Field Naturalists, “12 million migratory birds pass through” Ontario’s Prince Edward County every year. Some, like the Golden Eagle, are endangered species. Many fall prey to the whirling blades of wind turbines. One of the wind projects sited on this flyway, Wolfe Island, reputedly has the “highest avian mortality in the province.”  Across the border in Michigan state, Huron County intervened on behalf of the birds impose to a 3 mile set-back from the lake. There is no corresponding fly through zone in Ontario. Submissions for two new wind projects – Whites Pines and Ostander Point – are among those being considered for Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement. The province will not release a list of proposed projects until August 7, when the submission deadline ends. Should Ontario build wind turbines on migration routes?

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Canada is one of the top Nations for Renewable Investments

The ECOreport publishes Part Five of the Five Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada is one of the top Nations for Renewable Investments. It ranked #5 in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) last September. The total for investments jumped 26% in 2014, over the previous year, to $9 billion.
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Two conflicting Aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Two conflicting aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution are immediately obvious. At a time when most of Canada’s emissions are rising, Ontario’s are falling. You can see the drop in electricity sector emissions in the graph below. By 2012, all of Ontario’s emissions were 5.9% below 1990 levels and the rest of Canada’s was 18% above. Yet there is serious opposition to renewable energy. Eighty-six municipalities have declared they are not willing hosts for the continued spread of wind energy projects.

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Comparing Transit Across Canada

A Review of the Pembina Institute’s Report: Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe average Toronto resident uses rapid transit 133 times a year. That’s much higher than Calgary (74) or Vancouver (52), yet these two cities have spent more developing their infrastructure during the past two decades.  The most accessible transit system is in Montreal, which is within a 15 minute walk for 37% of the population. These are a few of the facts in the Pembina Institute’s new report “Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada.”

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