JOIN US on November 29, 2007 at Queen’s University from 12-4:30pm. Click here to register. The Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance presents a forum for local leaders in Ontario who want to make a difference in their community. This half-day forum is designed to inform, inspire, and connect leaders from Eastern Ontario interested in READ MORE
Future Visioning of Climate Change is a website from the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) at UBC. The project involves developing new approaches to community engagement through future visioning, using “virtual reality” techniques based on digital mappings and scientific data. The goal of the project is to specialize, localize, and visualize climate change effects at the neighborhood or community READ MORE
An opinion piece from the Toronto Star, written by Martin Connell, asks, “What could $1.1 billion do for Toronto?” The Conference Board of Canada says that Toronto needs to spend this much, above the current budget, in order to start ‘getting this city back on track’. Connell argues that this isn’t a huge sum of READ MORE
This report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives details problems with BC’s budgeting methodolgy, in particular the problems associated with huge “surprise” surpluses. The report contains a useful table showing healthcare, social services, and education expenditures as a percentage of GDP. Check it out here .
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection is a framework developed for muncipalities to use as they undertake initiatives to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. When municipalities sign on to the PCP they voluntarily agree to complete five milestones. Milestone One: Create a GHG Emissions Inventory and Forecast Milestone Two: Set an Emissions READ MORE
This is Part 3 of the Centre for Civic Governance’s recent publication, Leadership Makes A Difference. It includes articles by Smart Growth BC’s Executive Director, Cheeying Ho, Victoria City Councillor Dean Fortin, Executive Director of Housing California, Julie Spezia, and North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto. Download it here .
A 2 minute video clip from CBC News about a great initiative in Vancouver – an affordable housing project for artists over age 55. View the clip here .
Get a head start on getting to carbon neutral in your school district. Through the Green Glass will provide a firm understanding about the climate change challenge we are facing globally. Get a head start on getting to carbon neutral in your school district. Through the Green Glass will provide a firm understanding about the READ MORE
This detailed report from Smart Growth BC includes policies and programs for affordable housing, strategies, non-governmental models, projects, and case studies from around Canada and the U.S. Download it here .
As councillors and school board trustees strive to create environmentally and socially sustainable communities, the robustness of local democracies is being threatened from several angles.This handbook contains information on some of the most urgent challenges being faced in 2007. Such challenges include: • the Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA); • shifts in the READ MORE
From the BC Ministry of the Environment, this webpage contains documents on best management practices and guidelines for urban and rural land development, raptor conservation, tourism and recreation, and more. Click here to visit the website.
A lesson guide developed by the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness, the BC Federation of Teachers, SPARC BC and the Vancouver Art Gallery, this guide is designed to engage teachers and students in learning and activities related to Homelessness Action Week. Download the guide here .
A new study from StatsCan has found that young men are far less likely to attend university than young women. The study found that differences in study habits and academic performance at the age of 15 contributed to this trend, as well as parental expectations. To read the study click here .
In light of the Gateway Proposal, here is an interesting study from the Sightline Institute in Seattle. Their research shows that every extra one-mile stretch of lane added to a congested highway will increase CO2 emissions by more than 100,000 tons over 50 years. Such findings fly in the face of the rationale for highway READ MORE
The District of Ucluelet and the District of Houston were the top winners at the 2007 Energy Aware Awards presented at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention on Sept. 27. Ucluelet won in the Community Planning & Development category, for its use of Smart Growth and compact development land use policies. Houston came out READ MORE
In this CCPA report, Ellen Gould examines the potential impacts of the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement between BC and Alberta. To read the report click here .
The Centre for Civic Governance is a program arm of the Columbia Institute. The Columbia Institute is a charitable organization established to activate and motivate working people to build strong, progressive communities throughout Canada. Click here to visit the Columbia Institute website. Columbia Institute Board of Directors Ken Georgetti, President Emeritus, Canadian Labour Congress David Levi, Chair, Columbia Foundation Ken Neumann, President, United Steelworkers Tom Dufresne, Retired President (retired), International Longshore Workers Union David Black, President, COPE 378 Barry O’Neill, Retired President, CUPE BC Jim Sinclair, President, BC Federation of Labour John Shields, President Emeritus, BC Goverment and Service Employees’ Union Ken Georgetti, President Emeritus, Canadian Labour Congress Ken Georgetti READ MORE
A Centre for Civic Governance poll reveals “71.1 per cent of Ontarians think provincial and federal governments should provide local politicians with “more regular and more flexible sources of funds.” Read the article in the Toronto Star here .
An article from The Province about the Centre for Civic Governance poll released in September 2007, which shows that citizens want local action on climate change. Read the article here .