Presentations from the event
Friday Morning 11:00 – 12:15
How Big is Your Magic Wand? Municipal Powers and Sustainability.
This session explores practical
definitions of sustainability, the cost of climate change and integrating a
triple bottom line (social, economic and environmental) framework. It will look at local government tools in
legislations and legislative changes needed for sustainable local governments. Kim
Early Friday Afternoon – 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Setting Priorities and Getting
It helps to know where you’re going. This session is about useful governance
tools: tips for developing a corporate strategy; group dynamics with staff,
community and your fellow elected officials as well as how to use a performance
plan for your Chief Executive Officer.
Supply Chain Activism: What School District and Municipal Buying
Power Can Do
Hear what school districts and local governments are doing
to put their buying power where their values are. This workshop will explore how to leverage
purchasing power to advance social justice and environmental priorities,
including climate change and other green concerns, aboriginal and community
economic development, ethical sourcing and living wages.
Municipal Resources Panel
Experienced and newly elected
people alike can always use some outside assistance when it comes to solving
some of the very complex problems communities face. Our panel of experts from three
organizations: Fraser Basin Council, BC
Healthy Communities and
programs that help local and regional government in their work to create
healthy, sustainable communities.
Marion Town and Kerri Klein
Friday Afternoon Workshops 2:45- 4:00
Mining Social Capital : A Workshop
on Community Schools
In the current funding climate it
can be a challenge to keep schools open and maximize their value as a community
asset. Community schools offer a way to
“mine the social capital” in your community.
and senior citizens, the community partnerships in Surrey that enable community
school programing and the pathways that
is using to support community schools.
Ken Krieger, Bob Coventry, Susan White, Larry Hayes
7:30 Dinner with Chris
Chris Turner is the author of The
Geography of Hope, a Tour of the World We Need.
Chris will speak about climate change solutions already at work around
the world, from
largest wind farm to Asia’s greenest building and
most eco-friendly communities.
Saturday March 7th
Breakfast Plenary – Building an Economy of Enduring Happiness
Drawing from his book The Economics of Happiness, Mark
Anieleski will show tangible examples of how communities from
are using the Genuine Wealth model to rediscover their real wealth and measure
progress more comprehensively in alignment with citizen values.
Natural Step Planning Framework
This session will provide information and share experiences
on the natural-step framework that has guided the Resort Municipality of
Whistler in its decision-making and strategic planning. It will explore how the Municipality has
worked to integrate sustainability into its organizational structure so that
sustainability is now part of it’s “DNA”. Laura MacKay and David Waldron
Early Development Indicators
This workshop will demonstrate the origins of huge
neighborhood and community differences in the state of early child development
in BC and the role of community governance as a determinant of successful early
child development in BC.
Dr. Clyde Herztman and Tammy Findlay
Project Homeless Connect
Project Homeless Connect are special one-day events designed
to give people who are homeless access to a wide range of health and other
support services under one roof. The
workshop will include presentation of a new guidebook to assist communities in
want to hold Homeless Connect events.
Helesia Luke and
Saturday Afternoon Workshops 1:00 to 2:15
Bans, By-Laws and Other
Initiatives: Local Politicians Taking Action on Chemical Trespass This
workshop will provide the background on chemical trespass along with practical
steps that decision makers can take to reduce risks. These range from from
municipal cosmetic pesticide and plastic water bottle bans, to protocols for
cleaning products used in schools. Mae Burrows, Joan Bech and Dan Johnston
What is a living wage? Learn about the international living wage
movement, the BC campaign and how you might apply a living wage grid in your
Adrienne Montani and Dr. Timothy
How do communities encourage
investment in local business? This
workshop will explore a plan developed for the neighborhood of Strathcona in
is exploring to attract and retain sustainable businesses. Going
Local , a Centre for Civic Governance publication featuring BC case studies
and local governance tools for supporting local economies makes its debut in
this workshop. Mark Pezzaro and Andre
2:30-3:30 Plenary – Climate Change and Economic
Lee, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and David
Cadman, president of ICLEI, the UN based organization of cities working for
sustainability offer their perspective on the world-wide economic meltdown,
international efforts to deal with climate change and the interconnection of
these two global challenges.