Governance & Politics
May 15, 2018

May 17 Lecture: Mobility Pricing – Is it time?

Mobility Pricing – Is it time? Lessons from London and Stockholm
The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission will release their findings and recommendations for the region later this month. What lessons can Vancouver learn from other cities in moving forward  to achieve our transportation goals?
Join us to hear from Ben Plowden, Director of Strategy and Planning from Transport London and Mattias Lundberg, Head of Transportation Planning for the City of Stockholm. A panel discussion will follow with representatives  from leading North American cities to explore common opportunities and challenges with mobility pricing.
Our speakers will also be joined by panelists Amanda Eaken, Director of Transportation and Climate in the Healthy People, Thriving Communities Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Kristen Simpson, Acting Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Project Development Division.
Thursday, May 17
7:00-8:30 pm
SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street
Lecture Admission: Free, but registration required. Register for lecture.
Webcast: Free, but registration required. Register for webcast.

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WEBCAST — Mobility Pricing: Is it time? Lessons from London and Stockholm

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission will release their findings and recommendations for the region later in May. What lessons can Vancouver learn from other cities in moving forward to achieve our transportation goals?
Join us to hear from Ben Plowden, Director of Strategy and Planning from Transport London and Mattias Lundberg, Head of Transportation Planning for the City of Stockholm. A panel discussion will follow with representatives from leading North American cities to explore common opportunities and challenges with mobility pricing.
Thursday, May 17
7 – 8:30 PM PDT

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From SFU City Program:
This summer, gain actionable insights from experienced practitioners who have played transformative roles in planning safer neighbourhoods. Our first ever workshop on this topic will equip you with crime prevention strategies rooted in environmental design. Learn more below. SafeGrowth — Safety Planning in the 21st Century Neighbourhood SafeGrowth is an integrated method for planning safe neighbourhoods. It incorporates neighbourhood governance, sustainability and safety into planning and urban design practice.
In this course, you’ll first learn 1st and 2nd generation CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). The SafeGrowth approach then expands to include:
  • Neighbourhood wellness and cultural activities to build cohesion
  • Overcoming obstacles to conflict resolution using emotional intelligence
  • SafeGrowth® planning and community accords
  • Co-planning with community groups
  • Tipping point effects, such as land use impacts
  • Assessing risk and computerized mapping for crime patterns
  • Implementation strategies and safety networks
  • Safety audits, asset mapping, lighting and landscape analysis
  • Real-life project application and feedback

June 8-9, and July 6-7
SFU Surrey
Instructors: Gregory Saville, Tarah Hodgkinson, Jon Munn
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Looking back, Looking forward: Reflections on Housing Metro Vancouver

While Metro Vancouver has changed dramatically over the past four decades, many concerns of yesteryear are surprisingly similar to those of today—foreign buyers, rental crisis, dwindling land supply, locals-first policies, and disdain for developers. Using his collection of newspaper clippings, in this presentation Michael Geller will offer a different perspective on Metro Vancouver’s housing affordability challenges and some timeless solutions.

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Financing Urban Growth: The Use of Development Cost Charges and Community Amenity Contributions Mar 15, SFU Harbour Centre
Instructors: Jay Wollenberg, Bill Buholzer
This course is a comprehensive, detailed, and practical examination of the economic, legal, planning, and political dimensions of development levies, negotiated community contributions, and density bonusing as means of creating community amenities and infrastructure.
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  Giving Council a Piece of Your Mind: Writing Reports That Work Mar 22, SFU Harbour Centre
Instructor: Dr. Ann McAfee
This is a practical course on writing reports.
Many council reports are standardized; staff are able to refer to past examples and municipal formats. By contrast, policy reports are frequently “one-offs.” This course focuses on these policy reports. It addresses the challenges of assembling strategic directions, incorporating public input, conveying options and framing recommendations.
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  Planning and Zoning Law Refresher Mar 23, SFU Harbour Centre
Instructor: Bill Buholzer
This day-long seminar will provide a refresher on the foundational cases in Canadian planning law and explore some current issues in land use regulation. It will be of interest to planners practicing in B.C., particularly those with responsibility for drafting zoning regulations.
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There’s an event at  Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre location with the principal author of the Hua Foundation’s Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report  Angela Ho, detailing her findings and observations on how this area lost half of its access to fresh food assets within the last  nine years.
The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Andy Yan (SFU City Program Director), Wes Regan (City of Vancouver Community Economic Development Planner), and Elvy Del Bianco (Vancity Program Manager for Cooperative Partnerships) to explore ideas on how various stakeholders can play a role to retain and revive these unique spaces where history, culture, food security, local economy and policy intersects.
You can register for this event here.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:30 – 4:00PM
SFU Harbour Centre
Room 1400 Segal Centre
515 West Hastings Street


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Aging, Design, and the City


Did you know that seniors will comprise nearly 23-25% of Canada’s population by 2036? How can we design our municipalities to be more responsive to the needs of seniors in the coming decades?
This course examines the roles of urban and architectural research and design, urban and community development, and public policy in understanding and creating cities that are responsive to the needs of older adults who want to stay independent and engaged in their communities for as long as possible. It will look at some of the major past, present, and future issues of aging in the city with a survey of local, national, and international design approaches and design solutions.
If you work in urban planning and design, or community development, our upcoming workshop can equip you with the right tools to develop solutions for what will be a significant demographic shift.
Instructor: Beverley Pitman, and Eitarō Hirota.

February 2

SFU Harbour Centre

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How can small cities and towns revitalize their small downtowns, and proactively respond to rapidly changing demographic demands that shift priorities in place-making decisions?
Join award-winning urban designer Michael von Hausen for an insightful webinar where he provides ideas for how new life can be breathed into small towns and cities across North America. Details below. Small Is Big: Jump-Starting Small-City Downtowns for the New Economy 
Mon Nov 20, 1-2:30 PM PDT
Speaker: Michael von Hausen
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Dr. Warren Gill was passionately engaged in the cities and neighbourhoods in which he lived and worked. As a member of the senior administration at SFU, he was instrumental in the development of its downtown campus; as an urban
geography professor, he inspired many students. 
This annual lecture honours his life and passions.


Major global, national, and regional forces, in the context of growing economic inequality,are restructuring metropolitan areas, creating a new socio-spatial order with more rigid divisions and greater inequality.
Dr. David Hulchanski identifies these trends and discusses the processes that account for them: changes in the labour market, the housing market, social spending and taxes, and the failure to seriously address housing and employment discrimination.
These processes play out differently in metropolitan areas based on regional
and local factors. The challenge is to better understand, and in turn effectively challenge, the specific processes creating these divides within individual metropolitan areas.
DAVID HULCHANSKI is a professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto, where he holds the Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing.  In the 1980’s he was a professor of community planning at the University of British Columbia and director of the UBC Centre for Human Settlements.
7 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at Woodward’s)
149 West Hastings Street
ADMISSION IS FREE, reservations are required.
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Community Data Science Theory and Practice Nov 21, 22, 28, 29, SFU Harbour Centre
Instructors: Andy Yan, SFU City Program; Craig E. Jones, UBC
This professional development course focuses on the collection, analysis, visualization and dissemination of information derived from structured public datasets. You’ll acquire a basic toolkit for navigating public datasets containing socio-economic, demographic, land-use and real estate data.
You will not only develop a familiarity with core datasets like the Census, municipal business licenses and property datasets, but also a basic ability to understand and use most structured public datasets.
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Urban Design

Economic Fundamentals
Nov 15-16, 2017, SFU Vancouver
Planning for Transportation and Accessibility
Nov 17-18, 2017, SFU Vancouver
Other professional development opportunities 

Planning and Zoning Law Refresher
Nov 23, 9 AM – 5 PM, SFU Vancouver
Instructors: Bill Buholzer and Guy Patterson
Aging, Design, and the City
Feb 2, 2018, SFU Vancouver
Instructor: Beverley Pitman Free Webinar Small Is Big: Jump-Starting Small-City Downtowns for the New Economy
Nov 20, 1 PM PST
In this webinar, Michael von Hausen will examine some of the key ingredients necessary to revitalize the downtowns of small cities and towns for resilience and the new economy. Using his four building blocks and comprehensive downtown health assessment tool, Michael will provide strategies that move beyond “cosmetic” design fixes.
The intent of the presentation is to provide a more multi-dimensional approach to future planning of downtowns, engage in an interactive dialogue, and provide insightful ideas for declining downtowns in small cities and towns across North America.
This event is part of SFU Vancouver’s Open Learning Week.
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