Category Archives : Social Fabric Publications


Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health

With input from eight seniors centres in Metro Vancouver, the Columbia Institute report, Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health, spotlights how municipalities are frontline in seniors health by offering a wide variety of programs that help keep seniors healthy and independent and delay/prevent seniors from requiring more costly health care services.   Read full report Read executive summary News release In the Media Older and Wiser: READ MORE


Getting the Majority to Vote: Practical solutions to re-engage citizens in local elections

Across BC voting is decreasing in all levels of elections—federal, provincial and municipal. Voter turnout in federal and provincial elections is now below 60 per cent, but more dramatically we are seeing many municipal elections in which only 20 to 30 per cent of people go out to vote. What is happening in communities where 70 to 80 per cent of READ MORE


Dynamic Downtowns: Using Heritage to Build Strong, Vibrant Downtowns

Created in collaboration with the Columbia Institute , the Dynamic Downtowns Workbook is a resource for communities that want to know more about how to include heritage buildings as part of their downtown revitalization strategy. The five ‘Case Studies’ included in the Workbook illustrate examples of how some British Columbia communities are incorporating heritage buildings into their READ MORE


Unlimited Vision: Ideas for Building Inclusive Sustainable Communities

Unlimited Vision: Ideas for Building Inclusive Sustainable Communities is a “best of ” collection of stories featuring courageous leadership, community building and legislative tools in action. You will find proven leadership practices and fresh ideas along with inspiration for creating a more sustainable and equitable future. Publication Download: Unlimited_Vision_book_web.pdf


Innovative Strategies: Ideas for Sustainable Communities

Innovative Strategies: Ideas for Sustainable Communities is a collection of articles by prominent local politicians, environmentalists, and community leaders who demonstrate how to turn progressive ideas into action. In this book, you will find: Environmental Defence’s top 15 priorities for local action in Ontario; How Leaf Rapids became the first town in North America to READ MORE