Policy & Planning
September 24, 2018

Lecture: Ken Cameron on Peter Oberlander and Citizenship – Sep 24

From SFU Urban Studies:

Ken Cameron will introduce his new book, Showing the Way: Peter Oberlander and the Imperative of Global Citizenship.

Through the previously unpublished story of Oberlander’s progression from persecution and internment to becoming a pioneer in Canadian urbanism, Cameron’s book elucidates the remarkable evolution of the concept of citizenship over the past 100 years.

Cameron’s lecture will focus on the meaning of citizenship today as a set of rights and responsibilities we must exercise at the local, national and international levels if humanity is to survive the forces of nativism, intolerance and protectionism now sweeping our world.


September 24

7 pm

Room 7000, SFU Vancouver (515 West Hastings)


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Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart speaks to the Cambie Report. It’s another in a series of hour-or-so-long interviews by these well-informed folks, who are doing great work keeping us all informed and entertained as the October 20 civic election rolls ever closer.

You can listen to the Cambie Report’s podcast of the interview in short form for free HERE, or for a mere pittance of monetary support, the full hour is HERE.

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This year, despite the oxygen taken up by Vancouver’s municipal election, Surrey’s race is just as interesting — highly partisan, complex and crowded.

Six candidates for every available seat on Council, and eight mostly credible candidates for mayor.

And zero chance of Surrey First repeating its clean sweep of 2014, when Mayor Linda Hepner stepped in. It’s a tough act to follow. None of the candidates bring anything resembling Hepner’s experience and steady rise to power over the past 33 years — two decades as city staff, three terms as councillor, and now the mayoralty.

All this, right at the end mid-point beginning (?!?) of Surrey’s growth explosion; currently close to 550,000 people, the city tends to add the equivalent population of a Mission or Port Coquitlam every five years.

Thankfully, work on Phase 2 of the Mayors Plan for transit and transportation will bring a commuter rail system to Surrey’s bursting town centres; Hepner’s been fighting for light rail since her election in 2014, as the BC Liberal referendum plot brewed away in Victoria.

Despite the senseless delay, the plan is going ahead and the rail lines will be built — as will the new Pattullo Bridge. Just not on her watch.

Infrastructure is a funny thing that way. So are legacies — and Hepner has something to say about that.

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On the emerging election issue of a subway to UBC, we have a few diverging opinions — within the same big tent. I suppose it’s healthy, but it does seem to be less a matter of opinion and more a matter of missing homework.

Then we have Bowinn Ma, MLA, P. Eng., schooling the twitterverse on transportation’s immutable law of induced demand, and its vicious circle of negative effects on city-building. Ms. Ma is BC NDP North Van-Lonsdale MLA. Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink.

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Small Housing BC (SHBC), a Vancouver-based non-profit advocating for smaller housing forms throughout British Columbia, is hosting the Small Housing Summit this November 17th.

The first event of its kind in Canada, the SHBC Summit will feature industry leaders in design, policy, outreach, finance, real-estate, construction — basically anyone interested in, or already working with, smaller typologies. Given the need to accelerate the development of new housing options in BC and beyond, this is a must-attend event.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

More info & Registration – Early Bird Deadline is Sept. 30

SHBC is also inviting any groups or individuals facing barriers working on small housing projects to apply to the Small Housing Challenge case study series.

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It was exactly a year ago that Price Tags published an article about all male panels and why diversity matters. That post was regarding a shameful display at the  2017 Canadian Urbanism Conference where three well-known caucasian older planning males participated in an all male panel. CanU organizers “breathlessly labelled the session a conference “favourite”, with tweets from the three male manel saying  how great they were together.

Kudos to  former City Planner and now Toronto Mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat who was the only person who called it out for what it was, noting the lack of diversity “shameful” and a display of “professional incompetence”. Lesson learned, and the Council of Canadian Urbanism promised to work harder on diversity.

Fast forward one year and we’ve pretty much experienced the same situation with the Urbanarium’s event bringing together planners from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco on September 20. The Urbanarium says a smart city requires an engaged and informed citizenry, and that is what they are doing. So it was a surprise when the Urbanarium’s line up went one better than the faux pas of Canadian Urbanism by having not three, but FOUR males all of a certain vintage and background sharing the stage to spill on-seriously-diversity, affordability and equity in cities.

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What’s happened with zoning changes in Vancouver is a cultural change, and a fight that’s as old as Vancouver.  The arguements are the same, the type of associations are the same; but the lack of political will to engage the fight in the name of renters, density and affordability may be changing.

The upcoming civic election will tell whether those with the will to make greater and more significant change will assume power, or whether things will go back to same-old, same-old, with all power going to neighbourhood associations themselves to ensure that middle-density rental buildings are excluded.

The messages’ media has certainly changed, but not much else.

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Wanna work for PostMedia in Vancouver?  HERE’S a chance.

The Vancouver Sun and The Province are seeking an experienced digital reporter with a strong background in data-driven reporting and visual journalism to join our talented newsroom team.

This reporter will be required to multi-task in a deadline-driven environment, collaborate with colleagues on rich multimedia content across departments, and assist with newsroom training. An ability to generate and pitch creative ideas aligned with our news brands is essential.


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