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SCARP Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Rees will receive the Herman Daly Award from the International Society for Ecological Economics at the 8th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics to be held at UBC on October 1-4, 2015.The Herman Daly Award was established in 2003 in honor of one of the visionaries and founders of ecological economics, Herman Daly...
ICP Director Leonie Sandercock will receive the ACSP Distinguished Planning Educator Award in a ceremony on 24 October 2015 at the American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference in Houston. This biennial award is made for outstanding contributions to planning scholarship, education, and practice.The ACSP Distinguished Educator Award is presented in appreciation of significant contributions to...
The Real Estate Foundation has sponsored a promotional video on the Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) program. The video features voice over by Linc Kesler, Director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President of Aboriginal Affairs and Larissa Grant, Musqueam Community Planner. The video goes on to mention the partnership between SCARP and the Musqueam...
A recent Vancouver Sun article, by Tara Carman, about the Green Party's housing proposals prompted SCARP's Adjunct Professor Ann McAfee to comment: "There's not a lot in there which might see people helping themselves."  Read the whole articleAnn McAfee's bio
For former SCARP student Spencer Lindsay (Metis Cree and Settler) the UBC campus is not only where he went to school but the unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation where First Nations people once made their home. So he has created an app called Knowing The Land Beneath Our Feet to connect UBC students with the history of the land they walk on everyday.In a CBC radio broadcast of the show New...
A book published in 1998 by UBC Press and edited by UBC urban planner Aprodicio Laquian is discussed in a Vancouver Sun column. The book documented how Vancouver real-estate developers started using the “racist” label to shut down advocates of slow growth in the late 1980s and early 1990s.Vancouver SunThu Aug 20 2015 By: Douglas Todd Link to full text
 by Maria Trujillo Photos by Monika Czyz  Norma-Jean McLaren wearing the blanket she was honoured with. Nathan Edelson and Norma-Jean.    One of the most beautiful things that I learned and will cherish from Norma-Jean’s class, “Cross-Cultural Planning: Educating the Heart,” is the importance of humility in planning. Norma-Jean would often remind us that we had...
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...
by Meika Taylor and Justin Wiebe.  In early 2012, SCARP collaboratively developed the Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) specialization with the Musqueam Nation, whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory is home to UBC. The ICP specialization aims to  “train a new generation of community planners who will break the colonial legacy and culture of planning in order to work in...
Burnaby NowThu Mar 19 2015 Leonora Angeles, a community and regional planning and women’s and gender studies professor at UBC comments on a protest against a proposed statue commemorating “comfort women” at Burnaby’s Central Park.Women who experienced sexual violence during the Second World War were affected by the trauma for decades, Angeles said. She said there are war memorials honouring...
Rebecca Chaster, a 2nd year SCARP Master’s student, has been appointed to serve a 16-month term on the Vancouver City Planning Commission. The Commission is a citizens’ advisory board with a broad mandate to advise Vancouver City Council on planning and development issues in the City. She will join five other new members on the 13-person volunteer board, whose membership includes SCARP...
Current Work:  Assistant Professor, Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba                                  I entered SCARP’s PhD program in 2005 and completed my dissertation on government-to-government approaches to planning with First Nations in 2011. Although I had already worked as a...
Current Work:  Food systems planning and community development, private consulting                                                                                  I graduated from the...
Current Work:  Director of Community Development, UBC Campus & Community Planning I have always been fascinated by how places are planned and the profound impacts this has on people’s experiences…sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse.  During my undergrad degree in geography, I scratched the surface of urban planning, but it was my time at SCARP where I really got to...
On Monday, March 9th, 2015, in light of the upcoming transit referendum, the Health and Community Design Lab brought together Bob Ransford from The Mayors’ Council, Dr. Patricia Daly from Vancouver Coastal Health, and academic experts from UBC and SFU including Patrick Condon, Dr. Lawrence Frank and Dr. Anthony Perl to discuss the critical link between transit and health. Topics included transit'...
With over 200 attendees, The School of Community and Regional Planning hosted the 7th annual SCARP Symposium on February 27th. This year’s theme, “Contours and Coastlines: [De] Constructing the Pacific Northwest,” focused on understanding the increasing cultural, economic and political linkages which are bringing urban centres closer together in the Pacific Northwest. The SCARP Symposium...
Dr. Penny Gurstein, Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning, has written an OpEd piece in the Vancouver Sun about a new plan for the city as a fair and just community for all of its citizens. Ranked near the worst in Canada for home ownership affordability and vacancy rates as well as commercial rents for small businesses, it's time to focus on social...
Sense of Place, Place of Vulnerability: Exploring Home and Resettlement of Riparian Informal Settlers Using Narratives and Images Master's Thesis DefenseGabrielle Esser March 20, 201511:00 amRoom 240, West Mall Annex1933 West Mall  Committee: Leonora Angeles, Abidin Kusno (Institute of Asian Research), Aprodicio Laquian 
 New memorial in Ottawa a looming disaster The Globe and MailFri, Jan 30, 2015 Author: Roy MacGregorLink to full text         Larry BeasleyThe talk in Ottawa is about the disastrous memorial to the Victims of Communism which will sit between the Supreme Court building and the National Library.UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP)...
Outgoing PSA President, Rebecca Chaster thanked the SCARP students for a great year in her capacity as 2014 PSA President and showed her support for the group of capable first years who will assume 2015 PSA executive and coordinator roles in the new year, including George Benson as the new President. Chaster thanked the SCARP administration (Patti Toporowski, Masters Graduate Assistant;...

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