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The Security of Continental Natural Gas Supply

The Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held its third U.S.-Canada energy forum in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Energy Information. The conference, sponsored by EnCana Corporation, was held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; the main focus was the security of natural gas supply in North America. Six speakers presented their views via live webcast on the challenges of improving the security of continental natural gas supply.

The Challenge in Washington: Governing by Leadership or Crisis

The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Canada Institute on North American Issues proudly hosted the first C. Warren Goldring Lecture on Canada-U.S. Relations on February 5, 2004. Held alternately in Toronto and Washington, this lecture series promotes increased understanding of public policy decisions in both Canada and the United States.

A Single Payer, Universal Health System? Current U.S. Proposals and the Canadian Model

Universality of health care delivery and proposals for a single-payer system have become issues of great concern to Americans; financing and managing medical care are no less an issue in Canada which has had a single-payer system for 40 years. During 2001 and 2002, the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, also known as the Romanow Commission (named after Roy Romanow, former premier of Saskatchewan who chaired the commission), examined all aspects of health care in Canada, and presented a report with findings and recommendations late last year.

Borderlines: Canada in North America

The BorderLines: Canada in North America conference series was conceived by various high-profile Canadian business leaders, academics, journalists, and scholars who saw the need for a re-evaluation of Canada's relationship with its southern neighbors. Intending to generate grassroots debate and popular dialogue across Canada, the BorderLines series held events in Calgary, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, and Washington, with the final conference scheduled for Toronto in Spring 2003.

Canada and the United States: Where Do We Go After Whatever Happens?

The Bush administration's plans for war on Iraq have resulted in large rifts in the international community, as age-old alliances are thrown into question. The historically strong and internationally unique relationship between Canada and the United States is also undergoing re-evaluation. Former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark shared his thoughts on the future of the bilateral relationship and his vision of how things could be improved.

Liberalism: Conscience and Confidence

The Honorable Pierre Pettigrew, Canada's Minister of International Trade

The End of Canada?

Post-9/11 security measures at the Canada-U.S. border have exacerbated Canadian fears that growing economic, cultural, and now military integration are eroding the defining facets of their country. Mel Hurtig said that twenty years ago, questions of military harmonization and adopting the U.S. dollar would have been "laughable non-issues," but are now openly discussed under the rhetoric of continental integration as begun under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Water for the Next 100 Years

As part of the Woodrow Wilson Center's tribute to William Ruckelshaus, two-time U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, water experts gathered at the University of Washington in Seattle on February 28, 2006, to discuss the challenge of providing safe water to meet both human and ecosystem needs.

After the Storm: Environment and Population Issues in Gulf Coast Reconstruction and Global Implications for Coastal Development

Robert A. Thomas, who holds the Chair of Environmental Communications at the University of Loyola in New Orleans, spoke at a recent Environmental Change and Security Program event about the environmental and demographic aspects of post-hurricane reconstruction in the Gulf Coast. Thomas opened his presentation with an image of a pictograph that has become a unique symbol of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans.

Freedom: A Power for Environmental Stewardship

Secretary Gale Norton said the United States must harness innovation, ingenuity, and community spirit to care for its air, water, and wildlife. Speaking at a June 8 Director's Forum, Norton said freedom—combined with private property rights and respect for the rule of law—creates an atmosphere conducive to environmental cooperation and security.