Tag Archives: Ontario

Can a remote uranium mining town become a retirement mecca?


While more of an academic publication than a great literary work of non-fiction, Boom Town Blues: Elliot Lake remains an enlightening and useful read. The book summarizes what can only be described as the “great experiment of Elliot Lake, Ontario.” Now, … Continue reading

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Are they insane?


Who in their right mind would “plan” to store radioactive nuclear waste within one mile of 20% of the world’s freshwater supply? Apparently, there are some people in Canada who think that’s a sane notion. This storage facility would be … Continue reading

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Bipolar urban areas and a case study


My definition of bipolar urban areas are those that have two principal cities at their core, but they have each taken nearly opposite paths socioeconomically. The two cities posses an almost Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-like qualities – one being quite healthy and prosperous while the … Continue reading

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Urban duopolies


Most often, the term “duopoly” is used the context of business to identify those markets that are dominated by two primary suppliers who exert great influence. Examples would be Fedex versus UPS in overnight shipping within the United States; Pepsi versus Coca-Cola … Continue reading

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The northern lights flare up on solar power


  As of the end of 2010, California remained first in newly connected and total solar photovoltaic (PV) energy production in North America. But that may change in 2011, as a new kid on the block lights up the northern … Continue reading

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Ontario charges forward!


  The provincial government of Ontario has set a goal of one in every 20 cars being EVs (electric vehicles) by the end of this decade. Currently, there are approximately 10.5 million registered vehicles in Ontario. Using that figure as … Continue reading

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