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Research Papers

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. 

Leadership Handbooks

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

For the Love of Nature: Solutions for Biodiversity

For the Love of Nature: Solutions for Biodiversity is the fourth volume in the Centre for Civic Governance’s Going for Green series. Authors Briony Penn and Dr. Robin J. Hood share their stories about leadership in biodiversity. Read about people behind initiatives like: Portland’s City Repair Ottawa’s Biodiversity Blitz Vancouver’s Stanley Park Ecology Centre And about READ MORE

Resource Guides

Back in House: Why local governments are bringing services home

“Back in House: Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home” says that across Canada and around the world public services that were once outsourced are now finding their way back in-house to municipalities, mainly because using in-house services saves money. That means the expected benefits from privatizing services are not as significant as expected. Download English READ MORE


Climate Change Backgrounder – The Road to Paris (May 2015)

Almost 200 countries will meet in Paris this December for a legally-binding global climate agreement on curbing carbon emissions, with the goal of limiting global warming to 2ºC from pre-industrial levels. This is the 21st UNFCCC COP (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Conference of the Parties).   The Union of Concerned Scientists READ MORE