The full agenda and more information about Food For Thought, which ran April 4-5, 2014, at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, can be found here . Videos from the Pecha Kucha style presentations, and Paula Daniels’ Keynote, can be found here . Conference Session Resources: TAKING ACTION – As global discussions work towards a READ MORE
Paula Daniels – Plenary Speaker Paula Daniels was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Senior Advisor on Food Policy and Special Projects in Water. She is the founder and full-time Chair of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, a policy based collective impact initiative of food system leaders. Pecha Kucha Style Presentations: Hilary Henegar – READ MORE
Listen to our webinar on Tools for Fair Taxation, with economist and CCPA research associate Hugh Mackenzie, that happened Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013. Click here to watch and listen to the full Webinar. Click here to download Hugh Mackenzie’s Powerpoint. Hugh Mackenzie is principal in an economic consulting business, Hugh Mackenzie and Associates, based in Toronto. He has worked for over 35 years in a variety of capacities related to READ MORE
Jamie Biggar’s Dinner Plenary at the Deepening Democracy Civic Governance Forum 2013: “In order to be able to address the massive challenges that are facing our society, we have to work on this crisis of declining trust. We need to bring people together, and build social trust, so that we can take collective action, and move from READ MORE
Enlisting architects, animators and more importantly residents, an NFB film titled One Millionth Tower , provides ideas for revitalizing Toronto’s aging highrises. Some of the ideas include eliminating first floor apartments to make room for cafes and businesses, creating a marketspace, and networks and paths linking to the towers to parks and community gardens. Residents featured in the documentary READ MORE
A new video from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) on the cost of poverty in BC. It turns out it costs more to allow poverty to continue than it does to implement solutions. Read the CCPA’s full report, “The Cost of Poverty in BC” here .
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Here’s the transcript of Bill’s fiery speech at Power Shift 2011, the 10,000 person climate conference and training in Washington, DC. Watch it here .
Listen to newly elected Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshion, talk to Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC radio’s The Current , about pluralism, community diversity, and about his mayoral campaign that reached out to young voters, used social media and worked hard to engage citizens on civic issues.
Watch this video to learn what steps Copenhagen took to become one of the most livable cities in the world, and how it went from a "traffic infested city to a people oriented city". Hint – lower speed limits!
In an effort to boost cycling as a mode of transportation from 3.7% to 10%, the city of Vancouver is allocating $25 million dollars towards a two year plan aiming for a reduction in road space for cars. The city has already converted a lane of traffic from the both the Burrard Street Bridge and READ MORE
Youth environmentalist and filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker spoke out at the Anti-Prorogation Rally at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on January 23rd. Watch the her speak on YouTube .
George Heyman, Executive Director of Sierra Club BC, ends the “Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament” rally with a stirring speech on what our democracy really means. Over 1000 people gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery January 23 for the rally. Watch the speech on YouTube .
Author and journalist Naomi Klein spoke at the Copenhagen Klima Forum on ecological debt. Watch the video segment or read the transcript at Democracy Now! .
Your health is not defined soley by your physical attributes – it also includes aspects of your social life and environment. Watch the video “ Population Health: The New Agenda ” to learn more about the social determinants of health.
This book, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), highlights the important role that the public plays in ensuring that high-quality public services are provided and shared public policy goals are achieved. It provides guidance of how to ensure public participation and putting open and includsive policy making into practice, and includes READ MORE
WATERLIFE is an epic documentary showcasing the journey of water from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The journey highlights the biological problems rampant in this water system, and shows how close it is to an ecological disaster. The film boasts stunning imagery, interesting characters, and an extensive musical soundtrack. Get more information at READ MORE
The campaign has been produced for The Municipal District of Aalborg in Denmark in association with the North Jutland Police and The Danish Cyclists Federation. Watch the video here.
P3s, or public-private partnerships, have funded major projects such as the Canada Line and the Abbotsford Hospital. Some, including the Campbell government, say that P3s save taxpayers millions in building costs. Critics however argue that P3s cost taxpayers more in the long run, and projects should be government financed. Read more about each side of READ MORE
The National Film Board of Canada has just launched an online screening room. New films are added weekly. For now, check out the excellent documentaries “Carts of Darkness,” and “Lonely Boy,” and the classic, much loved animated shorts, “The Cat Came Back and “The Big Snit.”
In 1999 Rocky Anderson was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, the capital city of America’s most conservative state. Within 8 years he had instituted some of the western world’s most progressive policies on environmental sustainability, social inclusion and youth justice. In the process, he earned a World Leadership Award, exceeded Salt Lake City’s READ MORE
Radio Ecoshock , a Vancouver-based show on co-op radio, has a website which is a compilation of talks by experts on a huge range of topics. Experts include James Howard Kunstler, Ross Gelbspan, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, George Monbiot, and Mark Jaccard among many others. Topics include food, peak oil, climate change and climate change solutions, transportation, and water. READ MORE
The Centre for Civic Governance hosted Through the Green Glass: Climate Change Symposium for Education Leaders on January 24, 2008. Click here to view videos of the keynote speeches from the Symposium – Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Dr. John Fyfe.
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 .