Building lasting stability in the western Canadian economy

My advice for Western Economic Diversification Canada as it builds a 10-year strategy for growth

Building lasting stability in the western Canadian economyWestern Economic Diversification Canada is working on a 10-year strategy to make the four western provinces competitive, innovative and inclusive, attracting business and investment and generating good jobs. To build the strategy, they’re seeking answers to the five questions below. Here are my thoughts on those questions: What does a stronger western Canadian economy look…

Doug Ford’s abuse of power for petty personal gain

The premier is ignoring very real problems across Ontario in order to settle a personal vendetta with Toronto city council

Doug Ford’s abuse of power for petty personal gainIt’s no shock that Ontario Premier Doug Ford wishes to shrink the size of Toronto city council. Conservatives like small government. Ford, a former Toronto city councillor, and his late brother Rob, a former mayor of Toronto, were known to be libertarian. They regularly made it clear that they believed that government should be leaner…

Canada needs to become more densely populated

We need a larger internal market that would create economies of scale and further economic productivity growth

Canada needs to become more densely populatedFormer prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King once quipped, “If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography.” This has always been evidenced in Canada’s low national population density, estimated at about four people per square kilometre. Nevertheless, we’re still a highly urbanized country with more than 80 per cent of our…

Highway 7 corridor survey results now available

When asked how safe they feel on Highway 7 through Kindersley, 43% of respondents said somewhat safe, 37% said not very safe and 17% said not safe at all

Highway 7 corridor survey results now available  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion The ministry of highways and infrastructure has released the results from a survey that asked motorists about the Highway 7 corridor through Kindersley. Ministry officials were looking for public feedback on the section of Highway 7 running through Kindersley. The portion of the highway from 15th Street West and…

Town looks to expropriate parcels of land

The land is being acquired to implement flood mitigation strategies, such as building a storm water retention pond

Town looks to expropriate parcels of landKenneth Brown of The Clarion The town’s elected officials have resolved to start a process to expropriate land on the northeast edge of Kindersley in order to address drainage concerns. Council members passed a resolution at a meeting on June 11 to acquire land at the civic addresses of 701 13th Avenue East and 705…

Town’s $23-million budget includes three major projects

The aquatics centre and landfill started in 2017 and are scheduled for completion in 2018. The fire hall is also planned for completion this year

Town’s $23-million budget includes three major projectsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley council has adopted the town’s 2018 budget and the expenditures include three major capital projects including the aquatics centre. The Town of Kindersley adopted a total budget of more than $23.1 million at a special meeting of council held on May 7 at 8:30 a.m. It contains nearly $11.5…

Federal infrastructure spending a mess of delays, misguided priorities

A mere 10.6% of the nearly $100 billion in new infrastructure spending is for trade and transportation

Federal infrastructure spending a mess of delays, misguided prioritiesBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute In 2015, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s government came into office on the promise of running small annual budget deficits of no more than $10 billion for three years. The intent was to finance new spending on infrastructure projects that would help improve the economy. That’s not…

Chamber hosts presentation by Enbridge

The single largest project in the company’s history will cut through the Kindersley area in 2018

Chamber hosts presentation by EnbridgeKenneth Brown of The Clarion The single largest project in Enbridge history is going to cut through the Kindersley area in 2018, and company officials are talking to local stakeholders. Representatives from Enbridge were at the Canalta Hotel Kindersley on April 24 for a luncheon hosted by the Kindersley & District Chamber of Commerce. The…

Tenders to be awarded for local infrastructure work

Town officials are pleased with what they’ve seen from the asphalt, concrete and deep services contractors that made submissions

Tenders to be awarded for local infrastructure workKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Town of Kindersley is about to award the tenders to asphalt, concrete and deep services contractors for infrastructure projects to be completed in 2018. Kim Vogel, the town’s director of transportation and environment, said the tender process has closed for contractors to bid on the work. According to Vogel,…

Traffic survey focuses on Highway 7 through town

Traffic is expected to continue to increase so the ministry wants to identify and prioritize improvements along the busy stretch of highway

Traffic survey focuses on Highway 7 through townKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley residents are being given an opportunity to complete an online survey that will help to determine future improvements on Highway 7 in Kindersley. The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has released a survey as part of a public consultation. The survey focuses on the section of Highway 7 that…

Town adopts standards and specifications for infrastructure

Council has also renewed an agreement for the digital billboard on the south side of Highway 7

Town adopts standards and specifications for infrastructureKenneth Brown of The Clarion The town’s elected officials have adopted a new set of design standards and master specifications for infrastructure projects. Council members passed a resolution to approve the documents at their meeting on March 12. Mayor Rod Perkins said all previous standards and specifications would be replaced after the new documents were…

Water main breaks keep town staff busy

The town’s annual operating budget includes money for anticipated water main repairs and reserve funds could also be accessed

Water main breaks keep town staff busyKenneth Brown of The Clarion There have been three water main breaks during the 2017-18 fall and winter season with the most recent one at the corner of Eighth and Third Street West. Water service was disrupted on Jan. 5 to several residents of Eighth Street West, all residents of King Drive and to one…

Putting a price on the movement of people and goods

Introducing tolls on roads and bridges to help pay for transportation upgrades is an equitable solution to a vexing urban problem

Putting a price on the movement of people and goodsRoad rage has almost become a defining characteristic of life in and around our cities. In the best of circumstances, it’s frustrating and time consuming to drive anywhere. Throw in bad weather, construction or an accident, and it becomes nearly impossible. Why can’t something be done so we can drive unimpeded on our roads? The…

Building a clean, green and smart Canada

Canada’s polytechnic institutions are developing the talent to drive the nation's dramatic next-generation infrastructure expansion program

Building a clean, green and smart CanadaBy Nobina Robinson CEO Polytechnics Canada and Glenn Feltham President and CEO NAIT We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history – one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure and it’s always been so. Our…

Trudeau selling Canadians false bill of goods on infrastructure

Little of the federal government's new spending over the next decade is earmarked for projects that will actually improve Canada’s core infrastructure

Trudeau selling Canadians false bill of goods on infrastructureBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute You’d think the prime minister would be intimately familiar with one of his government’s signature policy initiatives. But a recent statement by Justin Trudeau suggests he’s detached from the details on Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan. He told the House of Commons: “We’re going to continue to invest historic amounts in…