Daily Archives: August 20, 2007

From Restless Communities to Resilient Places: Building a Stronger Future For All Canadians

Final Report of the External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities (June 2006) In February 2004 the federal government established the External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities. The main goal of the Committee was to help the federal government rethink its approach to communities and cities in Canada. The Committee was composed of a READ MORE

Commission on Public Education Report – Saanich School Board

In October of 2006, the Saanich School Board formed a Commission of Public Education, which included three trustees, the Superintendent of Schools and a respected community member. The Commission was tasked with receiving feedback on the Board’s declared values, programs, priorities and services; addressing the ongoing funding shortfalls facing the Board and receiving ideas on READ MORE

Smart Growth BC

Smart Growth is a set of principles that encourages socially, fiscally and environmentally responsible land use and growth. Smart Growth BC is a non-governmental organization that works to put these principles into practice. Smart Growth BC runs a number of programs including SmartGrowth on the Ground, the Community Assistance Program, Agricultural Land Reserve Protection and READ MORE


With a focus on social planning, SPARC-BC engages in public education and research on a number of issues. These include accessibility, income security and community development. Local governments might be particularly interested in some of the services SPARC-BC offers, including community-based research and consulting. Click here to link to the SPARC-BC website.

Canada Green Building Council

A national non-profit made up of a coalition of building and design practitioners, the Canada Green Building Council is best known for its work developing and administering the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system. This website is a good place to start if you are interested in learning about how good design, construction, and operation can READ MORE

Smart ByLaws Guide: West Coast Environmental Law (2003)

This comprehensive guide gives local governments the information and tools necessary to implement Smart Growth principles and practices. The web-based guide includes the Case for Smart Growth; Smart Bylaws – Summary; and Protecting the Working Landscape of Agriculture: A Smart Growth Direction for Municipalities in British Columbia. Click here to read more.

The Clean Air Bylaws Guide by Andrew Gage and Sagarika Saha of West Coast Environmental Law (2006)

Ever thought about trying to regulate air pollution? If yes, then you need to read this guide. In it you’ll find information about why clean air bylaws are necessary and what powers local governments have to deal with pollution. You’ll also find tools and examples of bylaws that already exist, model bylaws and further resources. READ MORE