Submitted by columbiainstitute on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:29
Financial exclusion and the growth of alternative financial institutions can partially be attributed to the lack of appropriate and affordable financial products and services that meet the unique financial needs of low-income and other financially underserved groups .
Submitted by columbiainstitute on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 16:07
Find the full release on Municipal InfoNet. October 1, 2013
Report: B.C. Municipalities want Province to modernize mining regulations
B.C.'s mining legislation, drafted in the mid-1800's, is creating significant challenges for local governments, says a new recent study by the Columbia Institute and the Sierra Club of BC.
Submitted by columbiainstitute on Thu, 08/29/2013 - 15:54
Local governments have led the way on recycling in BC, and most support the principles of expanded recycling, zero waste, reduced packaging and producers bearing responsibility for the full life-cycle of their products. However, many are clearly concerned about the structure and implementation of BC’s new recycling system, and whether it will effectively move towards these goals and respect the experience and investments of municipalities and offer them a fair deal.
Submitted by columbiainstitute on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 09:56
Procurement by private and public sector institutions is a major force in the economy. In BC, local governments and school districts alone spend more than $6.7 billion annually on procurement. How – and where – procurement dollars are spent can have important economic, employment, social, and environmental impacts.