Millions of dollars each year are poured into our federal trade initiatives around the world and to a lesser degree our provinces follow suit, at least most of them do. And, while its fine to say that we should be relying on the services of the International Trade Ministry and our Foreign Trade Services and Consul offices, will it be sufficient to get us what we want (or as much as we want) – namely, more trade opportunities in more markets for our own local businesses and more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) coming into our respective communities?

The final leg of our cross-Canada rail tour brought us from the interior of British Columbia to the beautiful west coast. Passing through the town of Hope BC, the site of one of Canada's infamous World War Two internment camps for Japanese Canadians, then continuing to wind through the endless Rockies, it became clear that much of British Columbia is still pristine wilderness, connected only by rail, the Trans-Canada Highway, and the province's vast river system.

In March of this year, PSD published an article entitled, "The Top 7 Most Intelligent Communities: How 3 Canadian Cities Made the List." This article was extremely well received. We have noted your enthusiasm for the subject, and have decided to build on this article by partnering with the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), as well as the cities of Kingston and Stratford, to deliver an engaging and informative webinar entitled, "Small Communities, Intelligent Communities."

Featured Research Articles

North America's urban ills are many and varied, from suburban sprawl and the excessive use of the automobile, to urban decay, blight, street crime, and declining population in the inner cities. These problems are intensified in urban communities along and north of the 45th parallel: the winter-cities of the US and Canada.

Ontario is undergoing a reconfiguration of its electrical distribution system, with the province gently nudging municipalities to consider amalgamating their utility assets. The following experts consider the pros and cons of selling municipal utilities. The Sale of Norfolk Power: Council's Choice Dennis Travale, Mayor of Norfolk County Holding on to Power: Deciding the Fate of London Hydro Joni Baechler, City of London Considering the Consolidation of Ontario's Municipally-Owned Electrical Distribution Companies Dr. Philip R. Walsh, Ryerson University The Privatization of Municipal Utility Assets: A Legal Perspective Scott Stoll, Jody E. Johnson, & Jonathan Bright, Aird & Berlis LLP

In early 2012, the executive leadership of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) set the wheels in motion to develop a strategic plan for the organization. It had been six years since the introduction of the previous plan, Moving Toward The Living City, which articulated a comprehensive vision for the organization. Now it was time to build on that earlier document with a new roadmap into the future. Though undoubtedly a big job, the task seemed straightforward – devise a plan that will guide the actions of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in pursuit of its mission over the coming years.