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New Ideas for 2010

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For your consideration, we'd like to present the 2010 edition of New Ideas for the New Year. This popular annual series highlights creative ideas for improving our lives and communities. We'll publish a new one starting today until Jan. 1.

In This Series

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Idea #1: Tax Ads to Fund Public Art

How a billboard tax in Toronto is helping to stem the neon tide of illegal signs and give local artists a voice.

By Allison Martell, 21 Dec 2009


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Idea #2: Loaner Bags by Deposit

It's hard to always remember to bring your own bags. Why not create a neighborhood-wide bag deposit system?

By Ruben Anderson, 22 Dec 2009


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Idea #3: Embrace Uncertainty With Real Budgets

Budgets are always made partly of Fudge. Show us all the ingredients, so we know what to expect.

By Amelia Bellamy-Royds, 23 Dec 2009


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Idea #4: Let's Make It a Hypergreen World

Drastic times call for drastic measures. It's time to go hypergreen.

By Crawford Kilian, 24 Dec 2009


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Idea #5: Living Christmas Trees

How two B.C. companies are giving trees a life after Christmas (and turning a profit, too) renting potted evergreens.

By Colleen Kimmett, 25 Dec 2009


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Idea #6: Vertical Agitation

Peer pressure does encourage others to adopt eco-conscious behaviour. But to make a real difference, you need to go straight to the top.

By Jennifer Jacquet, 28 Dec 2009


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Idea #7: Drive Less, Pay Less

Why pay-as-you-drive auto insurance would help just about everyone -- and how the province keeps missing the boat.

By Alan Durning and Eric de Place, 29 Dec 2009


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Idea #8: Voting Beyond Borders

We live in a post-geographical world. It's time to ditch the riding system and bridge the rural-urban divide.

By Crawford Kilian, 30 Dec 2009


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Idea #9: Love the Rain

Or, at least learn to appreciate it. As demand increases, municipalities across the province are looking for ways to conserve our clean water supply. A big part of that is making better use of what falls from the sky.

By Colleen Kimmett, 31 Dec 2009


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Idea #10: Tax Trash Before It Becomes Trash

Recycling fees are already used for e-waste. Why not expand it to the whole economy?

By Amelia Bellamy-Royds, 1 Jan 2010


Why Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Is DOA

Falling prices and competition from a new Texas export terminal mean Trans Mountain fails the business test.

By Crawford Kilian