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A New Year’s resolution for global prosperity: Honesty

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 03, 2019

Sunrise over earth from space

The world concluded 2018 in a grumpy, uncertain mood. Despite warnings of dire and immediate climate change, negotiators at the United...

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Driving a made-in-Ontario solution to congestion, climate change, and economic prosperity

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 15, 2018

Cover page of UOIT Improved Transportation Report 2018

The door-knocking campaigns are over for most politicians as they take their new places in Council Chambers and at Queen’s Park. From...

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Hello Tomorrow [Goodbye Yesterday] Durham Smart City Forum

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 03, 2018

The "Hello Tomorrow: Durham Smart Cities Forum" was held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at UOIT

Last weekend, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus hosted the Hello Tomorrow Durham Smart Cities Forum. Ontario’s Chief...

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How do we clear the air on carbon emissions?

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 18, 2018

Carbon cycle

In the time it takes you to read this article, more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be dumped into the Earth’s atmosphere....

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Toronto’s powerful pitch for Amazon

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 06, 2018

Amazon's map of the top 20 contenders for its second headquarters, HQ2.Amazon (US emission rates from https://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/carbon/)

There is one characteristic in particular that distinguishes Toronto from the other 19 remaining candidate cities vying for Amazon’s...

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Old White Men and the Wealth of Cities

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on February 21, 2018

Paul Simon

I love my wife a lot, so when she told me I had to buy her a Valentine’s Day present I was on it. She’s not a chocolates and perfume...

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Time to get on board

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 13, 2017

Time-based transfers are one of those rare initiatives that maximize the benefits of living in a big city.

Rarely do public policy options come along with such compelling merits as the proposed TTC time-based transfer[1]. If public policies were fruits,...

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Face the Bear: Toronto’s Response to Amazon HQ2

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 21, 2017

Hiker unexpectedly meets a bear in the woods (NPS Photo / Jake Bortscheller)

If you unexpectedly meet a bear in the woods, you should remain calm, speak firmly, and make yourself look bigger. Stand-up tall, raise your hands...

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Why Amazon should dance with Toronto

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 20, 2017

Boy asks girl to dance (Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945)

Like that scrawny kid at the Grade 8 dance thinking there is no way the prettiest girl in school will agree to dance, Toronto wonders how to court...

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The Energy of Demand

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on May 01, 2017

Everyone wants a cleaner, cheaper supply of energy. Nevertheless, we still need to do the math. The best way to close Ontario’s power plants and to stop digging up oil sands is to reduce energy demand.

Bill McKibben, the well-known climate champion, slammed Justin Trudeau last week: “When it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate...

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