Pan-Canadian Perspectives: The Cost of Electricity in Ontario

Editor’s Note: This week, the PPGR is publishing commentary articles from public policy and public administration students at universities across Canada. This Pan-Canadian Perspectives series is meant to highlight voices from coast to coast, addressing diverse issues of local and national importance. Our fifth article in this series is from Sarah Edmunds at Ryerson University,…

Pan-Canadian Perspectives: The TransMountain Pipeline and the National Interest

Editor’s Note: This week, the PPGR is publishing commentary articles from public policy and public administration students at universities across Canada. This Pan-Canadian Perspectives series is meant to highlight voices from coast to coast, addressing diverse issues of local and national importance. The first article in this series is a perspective from the East Coast:…

Three Major Problems with Hydro Solved by Shifting Costs from Bills to Taxes

Marvin JS Ferrer Electricity bills were expected to play a big role in the upcoming Ontario provincial election in 2018. However, the Ontario government implemented a plan to temporarily absorb some costs and lower bills by 25%. The opposition Progressive Conservatives also propose going further to lower bills a further 12.5 percentage points. Generating, transmitting,…

A Radioactive Policy: What to Do with High-level Nuclear Waste

Ian T. D. Thomson The world of nuclear energy generation presents an interesting paradox. With the USSR connecting the first nuclear power plant to the electricity grid in 1954, many applaud nuclear for being a clean, cheap, abundant and non-C02 emitting source of energy generation. Yet there remains a fear of nuclear meltdowns and of…

Long Overdue: Assessing the State of Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit

Rohan Balram Every day, over 6,000 commuters travel to and from central Toronto by the Gardiner Expressway. Although the Gardiner is clearly a key piece of transportation infrastructure, it has been left to deteriorate for more than a decade. Despite reports of falling debris every winter, most government action has manifested itself in scattered efforts…

Down the Cylinder Part 2: The National Energy Board and pipeline regulation

Ian T.D. Thomson My last pipeline explainer left us on a policy cliff-hanger. Pipelines are crucial to Canada’s economy and energy infrastructure. As the primary mode of transportation for resources, they connect our exports to the United States. The history of pipelines in Canada dates back over 150 years, with some of the first pipeline…