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  • Transportation Plebiscite: 'no' better engagement strategies? - Spacing Vancouver
    election voter turnout in many cities within the region These are all good things After the result of the plebiscite was announced Doug Allen the Interim TransLink CEO was quoted saying that This is democracy He is not wrong this is a type of democratic participation but the province could have designed a better process or asked questions that did a better job at understanding what exactly the public values A yes vote would have been simple and straightforward It would have given clear direction But a no vote alone as it stands gives leaders little understanding of what people were thinking It does not tell leaders what people want When designing the plebiscite someone could have made the choice to include an optional one page survey with the ballot package A one page survey shouldn t have added too much in cost to the budgeted 6 million dollars set aside for the plebiscite It could have been analyzed separately from the vote to not waste time Alternatively they could have directed people to a website survey so that voters could provide additional feedback online This could have been a fairly cost effective option Anything would have been better then just getting a no back in the mail A no tells us very little Here is an example of some of the questions a simple survey could have asked Please tell us why you choose not to support the 5 sales tax increase What alternative funding options might you be in favour of supporting What mode s of transportation do you use to commute and or get around Which transportation projects outlined in the plan do you think should be prioritized Do you have any other feedback or comments about the plebiscite engagement process There are various ways these questions could have been asked to generate a specific level of analysis But these questions have not been asked We don t really know why voters voted as they did Other cities considering implementing a plebiscite or referendum on transportation funding should take note of the short sightedness of this approach The reality is that we have a no vote and no direction to move forward This is particularly unfortunate considering that the Mayor s Council the TransLink Board and the provincial government have been discussing alternative funding options since at least 2009 These conversations could date as far back as 2001 if you include discussions about the vehicle levy That is potentially 14 years without progress A simple yes or no ballot took away the opportunity to be proactive costing us more in the long run Delayed decision making isn t just costing us time These delays cost money as well For example the no vote could cost Metro Vancouver a loss of up to 1 2 billion a year in potential economic benefits because of increased congestion according to this independent study The time cost economic impact is amplified by the lack of clarity and empowerment structured into the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/07/14/transportation-plebiscite-no-better-engagement-strategies/ (2015-11-16)
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  • katelynmcdougall, Author at Spacing Vancouver
    Green Space Headlines History Housing Infrastructure Maps Media Neighbourhoods Parks Photos Politics Services Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic By katelynmcdougall Katelyn is the Principal and Managing Director at OfCity Consulting She has managed projects for PIBC the City of Nanaimo Island Timberlands the ACRD the City of Parksville the Burnaby Heights Merchants Association and the City of Vancouver s Mayor s Office She has been involved with several different government and non for profit organizations holding executive positions with various boards Her academic and professional interests focus on economic development social justice and transportation and land use integration Currently she is completing her Masters in Urban Studies at SFU Civic Engagement Transportation Plebiscite no better engagement strategies For the past month many people have eagerly awaited the result of Metro Vancouver s Transportation Plebiscite A non binding vote on Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts EVENTS 42nd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market November 11 15 2015 Solving The Housing Crisis at SFU Part 1 Do High Rise Towers Destroy Community Urban Planets Kids Cars and Cognitive Mapping Vancouver s Block Structure From the Spacing Store

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/author/katelynmcdougall/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Communication Archives - Spacing Atlantic
    into or out of or maybe a Read More HRM s Regional Plan needs adjustment but will we seize the moment By Abad Khan Editor s Note Below is an open letter from Frank Palermo sent to HRM Mayor Mike Savage and the Greater Halifax Community on the Read More Dalhousie University making a difference on the road in a province wide online campaign By Niki Siabanis It s no question that Nova Scotia s roads come in all shapes and sizes sometimes lacking shoulders sidewalks and not to mention Read More Share the Road Community Engagement Session May 15 Halifax By Niki Siabanis Halifax On May 15 2013 there will be a Public Engagement session at 5410 Spring Garden Road Architecture Planning building at Read More Shift 2013 Density Conference March 6 9 2013 By Niki Siabanis Details Host Dalhousie School of Planning Date March 6 9 2013 Location PechaKucha night Wed Mar 6 Seahorse Keynote Gil Read More Urban Planet Youngstown and other American cities are shrinking to survive By Jonathan Zettel If you are a Bruce Springsteen fan you might already be aware of the hard times that have hit Youngstown Ohio Once a steel giant Read

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/communication/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: VHF free public art launch, Nov. 12th - Spacing Vancouver
    theme and how she arrived at the final product The first 50 attendees will also receive a voucher for a free drip coffee from JJ Bean Come celebrate public art that embraces Vancouver s built history VHF celebrates The WALL public art launch WHEN Thursday November 12th at 12pm WHERE 700 Hamilton Street CBC Studio 700 down town is a large scale composite photograph created from 164 individual film frames video stills and digital photographs gleaned from the CBC Archives and Wikimedia Commons The selected images respond to three questions how many buildings have been demolished in downtown Vancouver between 1954 and 2015 how many of these demolitions were considered newsworthy and how does one represent the notion of absence or missing Faith proposes that the high number of buildings that have gone missing from our collective landscape is indicative that humans are notorious for forgetting and that what is normal is always shifting Faith Moosang is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Vancouver BC Her work centres around inquiry into spectacle culture media mediated imagery and the notion and materiality of archives About The WALL The WALL is a public art project made possible by a partnership between Vancouver Heritage Foundation and CBC with support from JJ Bean Coffee Roasters and the City of Vancouver Public Art Program All exhibits are an artist s interpretation of the theme Vancouver s built environment Every year a new artist is selected by The WALL Advisory Committee For more information about the official launch visit www vancouverheritagefoundation org specialprojects or call 604 264 9642 Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT Celebrating the launch of Shore to Shore Nov 29 Our Missing Heritage What were we thinking Part 3 In Focus Downtown Vancouver Public

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/11/04/event-vhf-free-public-art-launch-nov-12th/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Spacing's Guide to Toronto Events: Nov. 1-6 - Spacing Toronto
    lecture from ROM biologist Dave Ireland on the relationship between road design and biodiversity Cost Free Link Website MONDAY Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange Where 5040 Yonge St Map When 1 30 5 30pm What Ideas to expand the city s creative landscape Cost Free Pre register Link Website TUESDAY Emerging Trends and City Building Where Metro Toronto Convention Centre 222 Bremner Blvd When Tuesday 7 15am Wednesday 12 30pm What Annual symposium with a collection of speakers on the future of city building Cost Registration dependent Link Website THURSDAY Prospects for a Progressive City Where Ted Rogers School of Management 55 Dundas West When 3 30pm 5 00pm What A forum to consider progressive alternatives for cities like Toronto Cost Free Link Event website SAVE THE DATE UPCOMING EVENTS Clicks Bricks 2 0 Where Canadian Urban Institute When Nov 20 2015 What Rethinking urban form to match rapidly evolving e retail business models Link Website Changing Lanes Blueprints for A New Road Order Where Isabel Bader Theatre When Dec 1 2015 What Forum with city builders Jennifer Keesmaat and Janette Sadik Khan Link Website Do you have an event you want us to share Email events spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 8 14 Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Sept 21 27 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 25 Oct 31 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 Tweet More posts by Nathaniel Basen Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement Spacing

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/11/01/spacings-guide-toronto-events-nov-1-6/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Spacing's Guide to Toronto Events: Oct. 25-Oct 31 - Spacing Toronto
    free streets music street theatre and more Cost Free Link Website MONDAY Is Inclusionary Zoning Necessary for Affordable Housing in the Greater Golden Horses hoe Where 245 Church St Map When 4 00 6 00pm What A seminar on the upcoming Centre For Urban Research and Land Development titled above Cost Free Pre register Link Website TUESDAY Public Lecture Reclaiming the Don Where St Matthew s Clubhouse Riverdale Park East Langley Broadview When 6 30pm What The Riverdale Historical Society presents a conversation with Jennifer Bonnell author of Reclaiming the Don will discuss the ways the Lower Don River was understood as a dangerous and problematic place by nineteenth century Torontonians and the schemes that civic politicians and engineers devised some implemented and some abandoned to deal with what was commonly understood as the Don problem Cost Membership dependent Link Website SATURDAY YIMBY Festival Where Ted Rogers School of Management 55 Dundas West When 11 00am 3 00pm What The annual Yes In My Back Yard festival provides a space for those interested in locally driven community development Presentations conversations etc Cost Free Link Event website Do you have an event you want us to share Email events spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Sept 21 27 Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 4 10 Urbanist s Guide to Toronto Events Oct 11 17 Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 8 14 Tweet More posts by Nathaniel Basen Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/10/25/spacings-guide-toronto-events-oct-25-oct-31/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange - Spacing Toronto
    Spacing The event is framed as a partnership exchange What do you hope attendees will take away from the event Robey The centrepiece of this event is an exhibitors fair a cross between a science fair and a trade fair New this year are sub regional facilitated networking and capacity building meetups I hope people will leave knowing that there s a rich range of opportunity for creating cultural activity and space activation outside of the downtown Also that there are a wide array of partnerships who are excited by the opportunity to further enrich existing cultural spaces and also explore the development of creating new cultural spaces I hope at a deeper level that people will go away with the appreciation of the complexity of putting cultural space projects together especially putting ones together that are sustainable for the long term and actually serve the community in which they re based In our research we ve found that projects are most likely to be successful when partners from a range of sectors come together to bring about that activity This isn t the cultural sector talking to the cultural sector or the public sector speaking to itself This is about an understanding that to really advance this conversation about how to address the disparity of cultural facility provisions in the city we have to think about how to work together with different sectors to align our shared values interests and resources Spacing What topics did you feel were important to cover discuss in the workshops Robey We wanted to address a number of key systems that emerged through our partnerships and especially that emerged through a roundtable exercise we did in 2013 which helped to frame a lot of this narrative The importance of cross sector collaboration how one goes about that what that looks like the challenges and opportunities around building collaborative partnerships across old silos Approaches to building projects from the ground up through community engagement how one actually goes about engaging community in a meaningful conversation how one develops cultural infrastructure and programs that meaningfully serve communities and how to cultivate a community of revitalization at the same time Exploring new models For example the community hub idea What does the idea mean What does that look like What is community hub model We also have an exploration of inspiring different projects through a lightning talk series Spacing Why is it important to draw attention to spaces outside of the downtown core when working towards creating more cultural spaces Robey The reality is the significant majority of arts and cultural activity and investment is heavily concentrated in a very small part of the downtown core If you amass research from over 5 7 years that s what you see There are clusters of activity across the city and there s also a lot of hidden activity that s happening at a community level in unusual places and spaces that may not get picked up But the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/10/22/creative-spaces-partnership-exchange/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Leah Jensen, Author at Spacing Toronto
    Leah Jensen Events Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange What Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange When Monday November 2 Where Toronto Centre For The Arts 5040 Yonge St Yonge and Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 LORINC How to

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/author/leahjensen/ (2015-11-16)
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