For information about the BC Smart Planning for Communities Initiative, including funding, tools, and resources, check out the Fraser Basin Council’s Smart Planning website .
The Polis Project on Ecological Governance is an initiative of the University of Victoria which aims to understand the structure and dynamics of urban water use. The project includes several objectives relevant to local government, including developing innovative governance options that promote sustainable water management, developing water law and policy decision-making tools, and examining urban and emerging water issues in Canada. READ MORE
The Pembina Institute has released a report on cap-and-trade in its British Columbia Global Warming Solutions Series. The report reviews cap-and-trade basics and makes specific recommendations for the design of a cap-and-trade system in BC.
This new tool-kit from Smart Growth BC looks at eight tools and strategies local governments can use to deliver market and non-market affordable housing in their communities. It also features examples of best practices across BC.
Bill 28, Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendments Act will require local governments to set GHG reduction targets in their Official Community Plans and Regional Growth Strategies. Read the backgrounder to the Bill .
A report released in 2008 by the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) and SFU shows that homelessness among adults with severe addictions and/or mental health illnesses is prevalent in both urban and rural settings and that providing adequate housing and support for these individuals would result in a net cost READ MORE
A poll commissioned by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has found that there is consensus across Canada that municipal governments are under-funded. The poll showed that 90% of people believe that the federal government should provide financial support to assist municipal governments with infrastructure issues and did not see property taxes or spending cuts as reasonable READ MORE