1. Resources & Publications

    Canada’s Changing Climate Report

    This report is about how and why Canada’s climate has changed and what changes are projected for the future. Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, it is the first report to be released as part of Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. Published By: Government of Canada...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Ohni:kara An Aspiring Global Geopark (Policy Brief #37)

    While the concept of geoparks date back to the 1990s, specifically with their establishment in Europe and China, it wasn’t until 2004 that the Global Geoparks Network was formed under UNESCO. Furthermore, the official branding of the UNESCO Global Geopark did not occur until 2015. There are currently 140 UNESCO...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Report: Action Themes Arising

    The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context by offering data to guide research and focused decision-making in the Niagara context. This handout summarizes the action themes arising in each of the 12 quality of life sectors. Related Resources: Living in Niagara...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the Impacts on Families, Businesses and Government

    Clean water, air and land contribute to better health, greater enjoyment of life, more productive communities and a stronger economy. Likewise, contamination of the environment by pollution leads to a wide variety of costs. Pollution harms human health, damages forests and crops and degrades the quality of land and water—to...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Canada’s Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness in 2016

    In a fiercely competitive world, business needs more than its own skills to win—it also needs supportive public policies. This annual list of barriers points to economic hurdles and self-imposed limits on the growth of Canadian businesses. Published By: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Publication Date: February 2016
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    Restoring Water Levels on Lake Michigan-Huron: A Cost Benefit Analysis

    Water levels in the Great Lakes are in a constant state of flux. This is good; natural fluctuations are essential to a healthy ecosystem. But sustained periods of extreme water levels are potentially costly, both for the economy and the environment. In June 2014’s Low Water Blues, we estimated the direct...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Healthy Rural Communities Toolkit: A Guide for Rural Municipalities

    This tool kit is intended for use by municipal planners, health unit staff and elected officials in rural communities. It will also help other interested community members advocate for healthier communities and populations. This tool kit identifies land use and development strategies that can help to enhance the rural built environment and...
  8. Resources & Publications

    The Real Dirt on Farming

    This update to the 2010 booklet is designed to connect you with the food you eat, and introduce you to some of Canada’s farm families. This booklet provides basic facts on topics such as the difference between growing crops conventionally and organically, pesticide use, animal housing and animal welfare, environmental sustainability,...
  9. Community Blog

    Launch of the Living in Niagara-2014 Report

    Presented to an audience of over 450 people attending the Niagara Community Foundation annual Leaders Breakfast, the Living in Niagara-2014 report marks the third time since 2008 that the Niagara-wide community has built a triennial ‘snapshot’ to describe and measure socio-economic quality of life in Niagara. The report reflects the...

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