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The Lion, the Witch and the trademark

The Lion, the Witch and the trademark
19th-June-2008
And then, in the land of eternal winter, Aslan appeared and illuminated everything before him in golden hues.

Parallel drives

Canada’s provincial governments have been examining each other’s approaches in their bids to develop the use of public-private partnerships. Over the past few years, the use of public-private partnership (PPP) models in infrastructure projects has grown significantly in Canada. In 2007 the federal government created a new agency, PPP Canada, to encourage the development of […]

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