Event Recap: Milestones 2017: A Dialogue on Events that Changed Vancouver

Urban issues of the past keep bubbling up and resurfacing in full force. The relationship between housing costs and income earned in Vancouver has broken down in recent years. Vancouver City Councillor Adriane Carr has an insightful message for those trying to understand what is going on. “You can’t know where to go, unless you know from whence you came,” she says.

And that theme was precisely what carried conversations at Milestones 2017: A Dialogue on Events that Changed Vancouver, hosted by the Vancouver City Planning Commission. Continue reading “Event Recap: Milestones 2017: A Dialogue on Events that Changed Vancouver”

Opinion: Canadian cities face complex problems in the urban century

The following editorial was published in the Vancouver Sun on March 4, 2016 as part of a series supporting SFU Public Square‘s 2017 Community Summit.

It was co-written by VCPC Chair Nola Kate Seymoar, and former mayor of Vancouver, former premier of B.C. and former chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, Mike Harcourt.   Continue reading “Opinion: Canadian cities face complex problems in the urban century”

Right to Adequate Housing: An Approach for Vancouver?

Miloon Kothari, the former Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Why is the rights approach to adequate housing not being adopted in Vancouver?

Miloon Kothari, the former Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, asked this question at a round-table discussion hosted by the Commission in July. The round-table on adequate housing was an initiative of the Commission, and not of the City of Vancouver. Continue reading “Right to Adequate Housing: An Approach for Vancouver?”