On October 25, 2017, the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC), in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), and Simon Fraser University’s Public Square, hosted an invitational summit on resilience and the future of our city. Continue reading “Videos from the Shaping Resiliency Summit”
What is resilience? What enables people and communities to survive and thrive in the face of crisis? What can we learn from the lived experience of residents to strengthen community resilience now and in the future?
Special thanks to Samaah Jaffer at SFU’s The Peak for writing this article on our November 2nd panel discussion on social inequality in Vancouver. Continue reading “News: Vancouver has an inequality problem”
Inequality has been rising for three decades in Canada. In Vancouver, the gap also continues to grow. Inequality is associated with decreasing health outcomes, poorer education levels, higher rates of mental illness, higher levels of incarceration and less social mobility. Minimum wage, social assistance rates and income levels generally, have not kept pace with the cost of living in cities. The number of people who are self-employed and underemployed has grown, while seniors’ poverty has increased. On November 2, 2015, a six-member panel discussed the impacts of social inequality in Vancouver and offered policy ideas for civic governments to consider. Continue reading “Social Inequality in the City: Panel Discussion”
On October 13th, the Vancouver City Planning Commission and UBC’s School of Community Regional Planning jointly hosted a dialogue to reflect on and identify essential principles to guide planning in Vancouver. Continue reading “Vancouver’s Planning Culture: Stories from the Ground”