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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.

Jordi Honey-Roses Releases New Book on Barcelona's Drinking Water Supply

The book Rivers of Salt, co-authored by SCARP faculty member Jordi Honey-Rosés, was presented to the public on July 13th, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Rivers of Salt is an environmental history of the Llobregat and Cardener Rivers in the Spanish region of Catalonia. These rivers provide a large share of the drinking water for the capital city of Barcelona and the surrounding metropolitan region.

 

Penny Gurstein: We need data on who is buying homes in Metro Vancouver

“Give us data” rally calls on governments to research home buyers

An affordable housing rally called on governments to research who is buying homes in Metro Vancouver.

Having the data will help bring solutions to what many call a crisis, says UBC planning professor Penny Gurstein.

“[Having the data] it makes it very obvious what the issue is, so you identify the issues, and you try and actually make policies and programs that address those issues,” Gurstein said.

News 1130

Banning Cars in Downtown Vancouver Could Work

SCARP Professor Larry Frank thinks that banning cars in downtown Vancouver on Saturdays, as is done in Amsterdam, would encourage pedestrian and cyclist traffic and reduce congestion. An article in the online news service, News 1130 talks about Dr. Frank's idea that Granville and Robson streets would benefit from days without cars.

News 1130

Tue Apr 21 2015
By: Joanne Abshire
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Urban planners and SCARP faculty speak out against diminishing respect for city planning in Vancouver

A group of local urban planners and members of the School of Community and Regional Planning have written a public letter expressing their concern relating "...to both the need for an overall planning framework for the city but also many individual project approvals which ignore long held planning values about the need for new developments to fit in with their surroundings.” Articles in the Vancouver Courier and Georgia Straight newspapers explore the criticisms levelled at the City by the group.

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UBC Faculty of Applied Science Celebration 2019

The Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction was created in 2015 to mark the celebration of the University of British Columbia’s 100th anniversary as one of the founding Faculties of the institution. The medal serves to recognize individuals who have brought high honour to the Faculty and/or who have made longstanding or significant contributions to advance its vision, mission and mandate. Join the Faculty of Applied Science as we celebrate the many individuals whose achievements contributed to our success through the Dean’s Medal of Distinction.

Let's give Leonie Sandercock a big congratulations for achieving the Applied Science Dean's Medal of Distinction - 2019

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