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  • Mechanisms of connection - Spacing Vancouver
    Enclave Nanaimo The Truck Route Historic City Boundary Commercial Dr The Heartbeat of The Neighborhood Broadway Commercial The Regional Transit Hub For each sub area a table or two were assigned for discussion From the two tables I participated in the buzz of emotions was tangible yet somewhat subdued There was urgency in the air mixed with despair confusion alternating with decisiveness Around the first table residents who wanted things to stay as they were sat beside a developer who was expecting zoning to allow development over four stories More people than probably anticipated arrived at the Croatian Community Centre As this was the last event where residents could participate in the consultation some frustration trickled into the discussion At the second table our facilitator was looking for specific feedback over points in the recommendations document To me they all seemed reasonably comprehensive given the fact that recommendations will never be perfect What is needed now is looking into the next stage of engagement To date the Assembly members have gone through an admirable process of learning and contribution One of the fascinating outcomes of the work of the Citizens Assembly in my view is the increase in connections Neighbours got to know more about each other and their common interests as much as their differences Residents experienced in a tangible way the tools in use for urban planning Connections are what makes a city work We need to make sure connections remain a priority in the management and governance of Vancouver Wherever they are weak our job is to strengthen them It is worth paying attention to the layers of connection The following points are quick notes I ve taken as discussions around the table evolved Within sub areas enhance and improve the flow of pedestrians between streets and blocks Between sub areas minimize or eliminate the separation between sub areas To adjacent areas neighborhoods Grandview Woodland is defined by thoughts and definitions It also influences and is influenced by what people in and out of it are doing The wealth of ideas and insights from the work of the Assembly is dynamic It can continue to nurture the productive connections created into the future despite the fact that it is about to disassemble Simply put Established channels can facilitate the continued connections New ones could surely emerge however Possible channels could be the City of Vancouver website Vancouver the Commercial Drive Business Association CDBS Vancouver Public Library VPL Kettle Friendship Society Kettle The Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society VAFCS and other agencies Each could have an interface established so that the engagement expands instead of ending We need to support the achievements of the Citizens Assembly in making sure the discussion continues values recommendation zoning policies are all open to interpretation The documents we will see are generated in response to a commendable process To fully benefit from the investment in this process mechanisms of exchange need to be enhanced and maintained A city in change uses tools and

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/05/25/mechanisms-connection/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: Urbanist Meetup—Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3pm-5pm - Spacing Vancouver
    2015 By Yuri Artibise It s time again for the Vancouver Urbanist Meetup This month we re meeting on Sunday September 13 at the newish Central City Red Racer Brew Pub Restaurant on Beatty Street in Yaletown Topics of discussion this month will include the federal election the future of the viaducts as well as any other interesting topics you bring along We will be there from 3 pm until at least 5pm Significant others neighbours colleagues and friends are encouraged You can RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook optional Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT Urbanist Meetup Sunday August 9 2015 3pm 5pm Urbanist Meetup Sunday February 8 2015 3pm 5pm Urbanist Meetup Sunday April 12 2015 3pm 5pm December Urbanist Meetup Sunday December 14 2014 3pm 5pm Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise 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 Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts EVENTS

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/09/08/event-urbanist-meetup-sunday-september-13-2015-3pm-5pm/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: Urbanist Meetup—Sunday, August 9, 2015, 3pm-5pm - Spacing Vancouver
    is returning with a special summer edition This month we ll be meeting at the Food Cart Fest next to the Olympic Village in South East False Creek Once you ve grabbed a bite to eat join us at the new Sunday Local the festival s licensed patio that showcases the best craft beer and wine our province has to offer Topics of discussion this month will include the federal election campaign the future of the viaducts as well as any other interesting topics you bring along We will be there from 3 pm until the festival closes at 5pm Significant others little ones neighbours colleagues and friends are encouraged You can RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook optional PLEASE NOTE Admission is 2 50 but free for Vancity members or with a non perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts EVENT Urbanist Meetup Sunday September 13 2015 3pm 5pm Urbanist Meetup Sunday February 8 2015 3pm 5pm Urbanist Meetup Sunday April 12 2015 3pm 5pm December Urbanist Meetup Sunday December 14 2014 3pm 5pm Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/08/05/urbanist-meetup-sunday-august-9-2015-3pm-5pm/ (2015-11-16)
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  • LORINC: Why this Canadian election is like no other - Spacing Toronto
    massive irony here is that Harper was the direct beneficiary of a concerted effort led in the early 2000s by pundit David Frum and others to unite the right After Preston Manning s Reform Party demolished the pan Canadian Tory coalition built by Brian Mulroney the fragmentation on the right provided the structural conditions that allowed Jean Chretien to win three majorities in a row It s important to note that the original actors in the unite the right movement came from outside the various party establishments After all parties are clannish competitive and programmed to gather power into themselves Outsiders must cajole and shame the Liberals and the NDP into negotiating a viable alternative that has the critical mass and the programmatic appeal to counter a unified right If Harper wins another majority by presiding over one of the most appalling election campaigns in Canadian history we ll have the conditions in place for a long overdue structural reordering of our political landscape The two thirds of voters outraged by such an outcome must insist the parties set aside their historic antagonisms and embark on a merger process As this wretched election has amply demonstrated the status quo is untenable photo by Chris Yakimov Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts LORINC Trudeau and Canada s next urban agenda LORINC John Tory and the need for an activist mayor LORINC Faced with backlash on refugee stance Conservatives keep digging LORINC We were promised Tory The Consensus Builder Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 7 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Anna 1 month ago Hi John Thank you for this article I am one of those people who are fed up with Harper and I just wanted to let you know that the strategic voting movement strategicvoting ca can very well work if enough liberal NDP supporters follow the vote that is best for their riding So there is hope Richard 1 month ago I find this sort of column and political insight where the other guy represents the height of evil to be tiresome at best and more likely corrosive to our political body Stephen Harper has spent the more than a decade being an average Prime Minister He s done nothing terribly untowards or scandalous especially since the immediate comparison is the Chretien Martin Liberals preceded by the Mulroney Campbell Tories preceded by the Trudeau Turner Liberals If anything imagine what a huge disappointment Harper must be for the social conservative red meat conservatives who backed him The man won t even let for example the abortion issue be discussed in the House of Commons He stifles debate which keeps policy in place advocated for by the opposition but still can t convince the liberals as to his general moderation and harmlessness Somewhere somehow we Liberals are convinced Stephen Harper s working to

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/10/05/mutually-assured-destruction/ (2015-11-16)
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  • LORINC: Faced with backlash on refugee stance, Conservatives keep digging - Spacing Toronto
    The Germans have a highly effective and well funded security agency BND and yet Chancellor Angela Merkel s government has figured out how to respond to the crisis without sacrificing domestic safety in a frenzy of naïve humanitarianism Do we know something that the German spies don t I think not Closer to home consider that General Ret d Rick Hillier former chief of defense yesterday pointedly rebuked Jason Kenney s move to rule out airlifts by telling CBC that the Canadian Forces could bring 50 000 refugees here by Christmas Hillier a plain spoken solider who commanded NATO forces in Afghanistan and oversaw the military during the post 9 11 era is the last guy who d advocate measure that would recklessly expose Canadians to a domestic security threat As above does the Tory campaign brain trust know something that Hillier doesn t Nope Similarly Ottawa s insistence that Canada s participation in the bombing campaign is the best path to greater security at home fails to consider the converse proposition what if our planes and warrior rhetoric is making Canada more rather than less vulnerable to terrorist attacks kidnappings and ransom demands This question it seems to me informs the NDP s pledge to pull out of the bombing and training campaign in Iraq and Syria which as Thomas Mulcair has been saying for a year lacks the United Nations sanction No one should ever forget that there are hundreds of Canadian soldiers who are alive today because former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien withstood U S pressure to join the invasion of Iraq in 2003 citing the importance of an independent foreign policy But more broadly Canada s refusal to participate in George Bush s tragic war made us a safer nation domestically Likewise with the domestic response to the current refugee crisis An old truism about foreign policy is that nations must act in their own self interest and to do otherwise is to court disaster Yet the Tories have tellingly conflated their own political self interest with a broader conception of national self interest Why are the Germans admitting so many refugees As has been widely reported the government sees an opportunity to tackle long term demographic and labour force issues aging population low birth rate etc by boosting the numbers of refugees it takes in and allocating the proper resources to re settlement What s the pragmatic case in favour of a humanitarian response that more closely approximates Canada s historical record Refugees after all often arrive with more pressing challenges than economic or family class immigrants and do face housing employment and mental health issues This reality will also surely be true for the survivors of the Syrian civil war and the ISIS brutality in neighbouring nations But as this 2014 CERIS study prepared for federal citizenship and immigration officials by a team of academics concludes refugees of all classes on average integrate economically and some fare better than entrepreneur class immigrants If

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/14/lorinc-faced-backlash-refugee-stance-conservatives-keep-digging/ (2015-11-16)
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  • LORINC: Why the Tories’ mean-spirited refugee policy has awoken urban Canada - Spacing Toronto
    campaign to sponsor 60 000 Vietnamese Yet Ottawa s pre Harper stance of remaining engaged on the humanitarian front while adopting a peace making stance with simmering global conflicts also reflected an pragmatic recognition that in large Canadian cities neighbours may find themselves on opposite sides of a geopolitical dispute and therefore it behooves Ottawa to be respectful to citizens and other residents on all sides of those distant conflicts And one critical way to assert that role was to offer a helping hand The Harper government doesn t get this aspect of city living and there s plenty of evidence to buttress that observation But I d argue that the Tories record on immigration and foreign policy offers the most glaring proof of all Rather than conducting itself like a judicious and responsible global citizen the Conservative government has fashioned its policies in these critically important areas mostly to pursue partisan objectives They have use hawkish foreign and defense policy to win tactically important ridings and they have toughened up their refugee rules to mollify a base whose members mainly don t live in big cities and don t care for them much either These policies poll well and so they re adopted Urban Canadians have known about this policy drift for years but the events of last week crystallized some key learnings not least of which is that the Tories for all their showy attending of ethno cultural events seem now to be a party whose concern for newcomers and refugees has extended no further than the casting of ballots We ll bring you here if you want to work for peanuts and go home when you re no longer needed We ll talk loudly about admitting you in your hour of greatest need but then gum up the admissions process with layoffs and unnecessarily dense red tape Unlike the Hungarians we won t throw you off a train Instead we ll think of other ways to keep you out Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts LORINC Faced with backlash on refugee stance Conservatives keep digging LORINC Why this Canadian election is like no other LORINC Trudeau and Canada s next urban agenda LORINC John Tory and the need for an activist mayor Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 11 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Gerry 2 months ago In the Harper version of neo feudalism it is not the state s responsibility to support humanitarian action but the private sector s charity That s why he applauds individual sponsorships but refuses to act as a government A sad statement of how his ideology is driving our country into inaction and injustice martin roebuck 2 months ago Mr Lorinc this essay perfectly mirrors my horrified reaction to the government policies of the last decade I emmigrated many years ago to the old

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/08/lorinc-tories-mean-spirited-refugee-policy-awoken-urban-canada/ (2015-11-16)
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  • What Philadelphia can teach Toronto about art, history, and public spaces - Spacing Toronto
    the City of Toronto in June launched a new wayfinding pilot project in the core Philly s approach is referenced in the consultant s report as a potential model but we re still stuck as always at the who pays question Historical plaques I know many people find them stuffy but some sites simply warrant that kind of treatment Philadelphia moreover takes a generous approach to what merits a plaque not just top 10 tourist sites but places that merit only an interesting or extended footnote in the city s narrative for example one outside the building that housed America s first fire insurance company which had been established by Ben Franklin Now think about this Toronto doesn t even have a historical plaque at the site of the first colonial legislative assembly it was just east of the CBC building on the north side of Front Street Heritage Toronto does what it can but money is a perennial issue As with wayfinding we don t believe that telling our stories is a core civic responsibility with the result that Toronto despite its rich history continues to suffer from a form of self inflicted amnesia Making the most of murals and public art Philadelphia s mural arts program launched 30 years ago as a gang intervention graffiti reduction strategy has grown over the years into an impressive cultural force The city now claims to have about 4 000 murals as well as hundreds of works of public art and also goes to some lengths to curate and showcase these works through events guided walking tours and a partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Philly s version of OCADU The City of Toronto s relatively new mural program StreetARToronto has made commendable progress in recent years and not just in the core We could and should do more to showcase promote and explain the city s growing collection of street art as well as the works commissioned through the city s public art program I was also struck by the clarity of purpose that frame s Philadelphia s mural efforts Bureaucracy has its place as the mission statement says just not in our mindset Here bureaucracy continues to define and circumscribe the exercise The StreetARToronto homepage features a link to the graffiti by law Philly s MuralArts org starts with the art and the artists who produce it top photo by Peter Miller all other photos by John Lorinc Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Why we need youth created art in public spaces Spacing presents transit wayfinding events in Mississauga Toronto on Tuesday Wednesday EVENT Connecting The Dots of transit wayfinding in the GTHA What Amsterdam taught a Torontonian about urbanism Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 3 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy W K Lis 2 months ago The City of

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/09/03/philadelphia-can-teach-toronto-art-history-public-spaces/ (2015-11-16)
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  • SUMMER OF THE GUN: 10 years later, pt. III - Spacing Toronto
    and the provincial and federal governments have invested over 180 million in community hubs and youth focused spaces The funds have opened priority neighbourhood schools for community use and and dedicated staff support And yet the day to day lived experience of youth in those communities has not drastically changed For example when it comes to employment a 2013 report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives pegged Toronto s youth joblessness as being so bad it s driving that city s overall unemployment and employment rates both of which are tracking worse than the national rate In Toronto the unemployment rate is becoming more of a chronic issue than a temporary macroeconomic shift Why The CCPA report states that there are structural barriers in employment rates that are motivated by local conditions like public policy demographics infrastructure and economic composition For instance when governments say they will be investing in jobs what they mean is that they re going to create a subsidy for employers to hire youth It is a job placement not a job creation which means that that job is available so long as the government is going to fund it Today there are 83 000 youth 15 24 who are neither in school nor working Given the post recession economy and government austerity measures which have delayed retirement among baby boomers what is the legacy of these investment in jobs strategies in a climate where young people face structural barriers to entering the job market and precariousness in remaining employed Another example is growing inequality especially in the inner suburbs When the Toronto Community Foundation released its 2014 Vital Signs report the group chose to highlight the fact that the qualities of urban life that consistently rank Toronto as one of the world s most livable cities are dependent on where one lives While the downtown core remains one of the economic engines of the nation the local economies of the inner suburbs have become depleted which means workers are traveling further away from their homes for job opportunities Residents living in areas like Mount Dennis have seen prosperity by pass them as it transferred between the booming downtown core and 905 region So what does this all mean for policy making Ten years after the summer of the gun there s been a roll back on social investment Instead of addressing structural barriers we designed local support programs meant to empower marginalized people To fund such programs we commit to one time cash injections to begin a lot of initiatives But we will not have secured permanent funding which results in a lot of programs falling by the wayside Andrew Do a resident and member of the Jane Finch TSNS task force described it this way The assumptions I find behind a lot of social policies and program design is one of being a painkiller They are there to alleviate pain it is about survival Why can t they also be designed as vitamins

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/07/31/summer-gun-10-years-later-pt-iii/ (2015-11-16)
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