Prof. Nora Angeles: Avoid Balkanized Multiculturalism

In the Jan. 12th issue of Embassy SCARP's Dr. Nora Angeles shows that by empowering immigrants to Canada and connecting them to their wider communities we can avoid problems felt in other countries: "...effective, well thought-out immigrant integration is a necessity for a nation built on diversity." 

READ the story:  http://www.embassynews.ca/opinion/2016/01/11/a-blueprint-for-integration-and-citizenship/48065

Penny Gurstein Suggests Incentives For More Housing

Vancouver’s hot housing market could create problems

Penny Gurstein told the Canadian Press that Vancouver’s sky-high housing prices will have serious long-term effects on the city. As families leave for the suburbs, schools with low enrollment will shut down and the city could become a type of resort city where only the rich can afford to stay.

Governments could offer incentives to build more housing and prevent properties from sitting empty, Gurstein suggested.

Housing the Syrian Refugees, Penny Gurstein talks to CBC radio

Penny Gurstein, director of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, talked about refugee settlement on CBC’s Early Edition. She expects the Syrians to be resettled in the more populated areas like Metro Vancouver and anticipates that they might have long-term housing struggles. B.C. Housing would be pressed to find housing for the new arrivals and non-profits would also have to step up, compounding the pressure on existing waitlists.

Setty Pendakur Defends Andy Yan's Housing Study

UBC professor emeritus Setty Pendakur defended urban planner Andy Yan’s research on real estate ownership in Vancouver.

“The methodology is correct. It is acceptable by high academic standards. (Instead of) the mayor and others indulging in name-calling about ‘racist tones,’ it is better for civilized discourse if they can suggest how they would have done this research,” Pendakur, who is a former Vancouver city councilor, told the Vancouver Sun.


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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