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We should consider more than price when handing out government contracts

September 12, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner (This article first appeared in the Globe & Mail Report on Business in February 9, 2016) On April 9 last year, the Fraser Institute published a report that described Ontario's economic woes. With the second-highest debt in the country, highest annual budget deficit, and an average debt-to-GDP ratio of 38.6 per cent, Ontario, in the report's...

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Protectionist Policies and How Canadian Companies Can Fight Back

August 27, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner Much is being made (as it should) of the recent announcement by Bombardier that it will eliminate 550 jobs in Thunder Bay. It did not take long for senior-level politicians to assign blame at one another for the job losses, small consolation to the families who depend on these jobs. Is the slowdown in new orders...

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Innovations in Philanthropy: Social Impact and P3’s

July 22, 2019 — By Gray Hammond, Associate The growing numbers of foundations and non-profits in the world have generated a lot of innovation in philanthropy. Two of the most creative ideas are in Social Impact Investing and Public-Private Partnerships (“P3s”). Social Impact Social Impact Investing is not about making donations or grants, but investing assets. Normally a foundation gives 5% of its accumulated...

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Observations from the last Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships conference in Toronto: A growing awareness of Community Benefits Agreements?

June 17, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner Though it seems a long time ago the CCPPP meeting held at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre in November was as usual extremely well organized, offering terrific networking and learning sessions. It was, as a result well attended by people around the globe. Mark Romoff and his staff are to be complimented. It is an excellent gathering of...

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Are Community Benefits Agreements here to stay? Looks like it.

May 13, 2019 — By Jack Runge, Contributor Notwithstanding certain jurisdictions’ reluctance to add what some might consider an additional layer of “complexity” to infrastructure procurement, Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are here in Canada and not going anywhere.  Look at Vancouver, BC where CBAs are now built into development ranging from projects like the 2010 Olympic Village to the $1.4bn Pattullo Bridge project. CBAs...

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What is a Community Benefits Agreement?

April 8, 2019 — By Tim Runge, Partner The term Community Benefits Agreement has until recent years been a relatively unknown one, at least in Canada. The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) defines Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) as “deals between developers and coalitions of community organizations, addressing a broad range of community needs. They are safeguards to ensure that affected residents share in...

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Community Benefits and Social Procurment Policies

June 30, 2017 — A Jurisdictional Review This report reviews community benefits and social procurement policies from around the world and analyzes the successes and challenges of the varied approaches. Through community benefits and social procurement policies, which align spending and purchasing activities with broader public policy objectives, governments are changing the way they do business to reap greater social and economic benefits. This...

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Federal Infrastructure Spending Benefits Only A Fraction

March 8, 2017 — In a special to the Financial Post, Charles Lamman and Hugh MacIntyre argue that Canadian Federal Infrastructure spending estimated at around $100 billion is only about 10% effective at actually stimulating the economy: In principle, sound infrastructure projects can improve the economy’s productive capacity. A needed road, bridge, railway or port that helps move people, goods and resources more efficiently...

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