A selection of reports, presentations and publications produced by the Commission.

Adequate Housing: A Human Right Round-table Conversation with Miloon Kothari, 2012


Miloon Kothari has been working with the Housing and Land Rights Network of civil society organizations in India on human rights issues. His work on housing has brought him to Vancouver a number of times. In 2007, while here on his mission as the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, he assisted with the work on the Olympics social sustainability initiative. He returned in 2009 in connection with the publication of his report on housing in Canada.


Over the week of his 2012 visit to Vancouver, sponsored by the SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement, he gave two lectures, one on housing and human rights, and one on the realization of human rights in India. He has toured the Downtown Eastside and will have met with groups and elected officials including First United Church, Vancouver Renters’ Union, Housing Justice, Vancouver Foundation, Vancity Community Foundation, City of Vancouver staff, and Federal MP and Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair.


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A Sustainable City of Sustainable Neighbourhoods, 2011


The Commission explored the question of how Vancouver can evolve into a sustainable city of sustainable neighbourhoods in ways that meet neighbourhood needs while advancing city-wide goals. With predominantly single-family neighbourhoods accounting for almost half of Vancouver’s land mass, figuring out how to realize sustainability at a neighbourhood level is critical to the sustainability of the city as a whole. Commissioners organized dialogues and workshops with neighbourhood groups and sustainability practitioners, culminating in a symposium in April 2011.More information


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Vancouver Change Charter, 2008


The change charter was the culmination of a two-year exploration of the theme of adaptability in public spaces, buildings, infrastructure and urban design at various scales. The City Built for Change project included speaker events, workshops and research projects. The Change Charter defined adaptability as the key tenet of sustainability, and outlined a set of adaptability principles that should underlie planning and decision-making in the interest of creating a resilient city in the face of change.More information


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YouMapVancouver: Neighbourhood Mapping Project, 2008


This pilot project explored a new approach to citizen engagement and community asset mapping in two Vancouver neighbourhoods, Grandview Woodland and Douglas Park. YouMapVancouver used a combination of traditional pubic engagement methods such as neighbourhood asset mapping with new internet-based mapping technologies introduced within the venue of a neighbourhood festival. The project was based on the idea that the amenities that make neighbourhoods good places to live are a combination of traditional institutional amenities like parks and libraries, as well as ‘soft’ amenities such as neighbourhood-oriented shops and strong social networks. More information


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Affordability by Design, Affordability for All, 2006


The report on this conference describes the proceedings and key findings of this exploration of City-based solutions to housing affordability, with discussion of barriers and recommendations. Speakers and panelists included Karrie Jacobs, Dale McClanaghan, Lance Jakubec, Bill Buholzer, Bruce Haden, Jay Wollenberg, Bob Ransford, Larry Beasley and Mayor Sam Sullivan. Co-produced with SFU City Program and Smart Growth BC. More information


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Goals for Vancouver, 1980


Following a major program of public involvement, the Commission produced the Goals for Vancouver report, later updated in 1987. The range of topics was comprehensive and included movement, leisure, people economy, services, and city management. The report became a reference point for future discussions of Vancouver's future. It laid the groundwork for the extensive consultations that created CityPlan, the framework that continues to guide decision-making on City programs, priorities and actions on a wide range of topics including transportation, arts, housing and community services.


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