A century after the 1918 Flu, Vancouver is once again grappling with the effects of a pandemic. The boundaries between past and present begin to blur when we look closely at what happened in 1918 and where we are now.

Linking the past to our future, the Vancouver City Planning Commission’s Chronology Project is holding a panel discussion 102 years after that heartbreaking day when the virus claimed so many lives – October 27, 2020 – to explore how the 1918 influenza changed Vancouver and whether we should anticipate similar changes in the months and years ahead. The panel is part of a VCPC series of discussions on the post-pandemic city.

 

Mary Rowe, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.

Dr. Kelley Lee is a Canada Research Chair Tier I Professor of Public Health at Simon Fraser University.

John Atkin is a civic historian, author and heritage consultant.

Additional panelists to be confirmed.

Moderator Uytae Lee produces produces a video column with CBC Vancouver called About Here

 

Tuesday, October 27

7:00 – 8:30 pm PDT

Online Event

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How can we create a post-pandemic Vancouver that is just, equitable, decolonized, and inclusive for all?

The Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC), with the support of SFU Public Square invites you to join a panel of current and past Commissioners who will discuss how the pandemic is impacting their communities, and what potential policy changes and opportunities they see in creating a post-pandemic Vancouver that is just, equitable, decolonized and inclusive for all.

To achieve a safe and inclusive city for residents of all cultures, incomes, ages, abilities, genders, and perspectives, issues of equity and the history of systematic exclusion of many communities and identities need to be addressed. Tangible action that goes beyond engagement and consultation to take action on the feedback already heard from Indigenous peoples, racialized communities, youth and other equity-seeking groups is now needed.

  • Sierra Tasi Baker is the lead cultural and design consultant at Sky Spirit Consulting.
  • Veronika Bylicki is an engagement innovator, community builder and sustainability strategist. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityHive.
  • Leslie Shieh has worked as a consultant in community economic development, working alongside communities and local organizations in Canada, United States, China and Taiwan.
  • Amina Yasin works as an urban planner with a focus on accessibility and equity in planning.

7 pm via Zoom

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Expropriation of derelict hotels. Plans for 6,000 new units in 11 high-rises at the foot of Burrard Bridge, some as high as 60 storeys. Increase emission-reduction targets five-fold.

Vancouver in 2019 was transformed. Or was it?

The Vancouver City Planning Commission, in partnership with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, is bringing together some of the city’s top urbanists and advocates to look back 12-months in order to see where Vancouver is heading.

The panel on February 6, 2020 includes Sarah Blyth from the front lines of the opioid overdose crisis; Stephanie Allen, a champion of community housing; Ray Spaxman, the conscience of Vancouver’s planning community; and, Michelle Lorna Nahanee (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), an Indigenous change maker. The panel will be moderated by Am Johal, Director, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Find out whether the milestones of 2019 proposed by a VCPC committee can withstand their scrutiny. Listen in as the panel discuss emerging trends in the evolution of the city that have not previously been recognized. Question some of Vancouver’s most passionate city builders on their perspectives. Offer you own ideas on the watershed moments of 2019 in planning and development in Vancouver.

 

Thursday, February 6

7 to 9 pm

SFU Woodward’s Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, 149 W Hastings

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