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.

Leonie Sandercock Gives Moving Acceptance Speech

Professor Leonie Sandercock was presented with the Distinguished Planning Educator Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning at their recent conference in Houston, Texas. Her moving acceptance speech bears repeating.


Just when I was in danger of becoming a really cranky old lady, I got this email from June Thomas telling me I had won this award.


What an honor to be in such distinguished company.


Housing crisis in Vancouver ignored by election candidates

Penny Gurstein notes that there is a housing crisis in Vancouver but according to a survey the federal election candidates have not addressed it in their campaigns.

The next federal government should promote the construction of rental buildings and get involved in building affordable housing. Government should also get back to offering subsidies for co-operatives.

 Read the Vancouver Sun article.

Jeff Cook Receives Project of the Year and Award for Indigenous Engagement

ICP Instructor Jeff Cook is a 2015 IAP2 Canada Core Values Award Winner for Project of the Year and Award for Indigenous Engagement.

Through his company, Beringia Community Planning Jeff worked with the Pikangikum First Nation and Health Authority in a transformative 3-year process to develop a community health plan. According to the judges: this project is "an incredible example of the power of a strength-based approach to working with people and communities." The full information for the project is attached.


Professors Susan and Norman Fainstein will be speaking at a lunch seminar at
UBC on Friday 6 Mar 2020, 12.30-2.30pm

This event is hosted by the Centre for Southeast Asian Research at the
UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

March 6, 202012.30-2.30 PM
Room 120, CK Choi Building, West Mall, UBC
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