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Nora Angeles Comments on the Upcoming Philippine Election

Leonora Angeles, a Philippine-born Canadian and a professor with UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, discussed the candidates and Philippine political landscape ahead of that country’s presidential election on May 9.

A controversial candidate sometimes called the “Philippine Donald Trump” is leading in the polls because many people are tired of the current leadership and looking for change, Angeles told CBC Early Edition.

Penny Gurstein Comments on City's Affordable Housing 'Pilot'

Vancouver’s affordable housing ‘pilot’ limited but worthwhile

Vancouver’s proposal for an   affordable home-ownership program will only help a few people but it’s worth   testing out, experts told the Globe and Mail.

“It’s going to be a narrow   range of people, but it will still be attractive to some,” said UBC planning   expert Penny Gurstein. “I think it’s worth trying and assessing.”

Tim McDaniels Reappointed at Carnegie Mellon University

SCARP Professor in Decision Sciences and Policy Analysis, Tim McDaniels has been reappointed as an adjunct professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. EPP is well recognized among departments that approach engineering issues with a public policy orientation. Tim has been an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon for over 15 years, and has served on PhD committees, presented seminars and participated in four major interdisciplinary centres with EPP faculty.

BC Municipal Water Survey 2016 - Results

We find that water use in liters per capita per day (lpcd) continues to fall, with total water use dropping 18% to 494 lpcd, and residential water use falling 12% to 312 lpcd from 2009. If our survey results accurately estimate water use trends, the province would be on track to meet its target to improve water efficiency by 33% by 2020. The BC Municipal Water Survey 2016 presents an overview of local water use, pricing, and metering coverage in the province of British Columbia. 

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Penny Gurstein Nominated for YWCA Award

SCARP Director and affordable housing advocate Penny Gurstein is nominated for a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Education, Training and Development category. 

"Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours extraordinary women leaders, while raising much-needed funds for YWCA programs and services that improve the lives of thousands of people each year across Metro Vancouver.

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Most Metro Vancouver councillors support mandatory water metering

While few households in Metro Vancouver have water meters, the political will for mandatory metering is strong, according to a new survey conducted this summer by researchers at the School of Community and Regional Planning of the University of British Columbia.

The researchers surveyed elected councillors and mayors in the region and found that 68 per cent are in favour of mandatory water metering.

In a survey of 45 elected councillors and mayors in the region, they found 68 per cent were in favour of mandatory water metering, with the rest being opposed (19 per cent) or neutral (14 per cent).

“While cities such as Victoria, West Vancouver and Richmond have been able to provide a water meter to nearly all residents, much of British Columbia and many cities in Metro Vancouver are far behind national coverage rates – most cities have no water metering policy and have been hesitant to introduce water meters,” said report author Jordi Honey-Rosés, an associate professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at UBC.

“It’s important to understand why elected officials’ might be hesitant to go forward with stronger action on water metering. Political...

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