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.

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.


SCARP Adjunct Professor Scott Graham, and the team he led, has received a PIBC Excellence in Planning Award for their innovative report on thriving and affordable child care.

The winning submission was a comprehensive report for the City of Coquitlam, "Child Care Partnership Strategy", developed using a collaborative process that brought together partners and community members to:

  • learn about the local child care system
  • strengthen relationships
  • Identify key child care needs
  • Introduce new ways to help meet those needs

"For many families living in Coquitlam, child care plays a vital role in their daily lives, as it allows them to participate in the workforce and have a positive impact on the local economy. Beyond this, equitable access to high-quality, affordable child care provides early childhood education, contributes to healthy child development, promotes equity and gender equality, builds community connectivity, and enhances the overall health and well-being of the community.


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