Congratulations to current Commissioner Amina Yasin, and past Commissioner Daniella Fergusson for winning the Canadian Institute of Planners 2021 Plan Canada Award for their article “Pandemic Patios and “Flat White” Urbanism originally published in Plan Canada Winter 2020 (Vol. 60 No. 4) issue. The article highlights how existing inequality in our society with already vulnerable members of our communities has been further compounded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “Commissioners win 2021 Plan Canada Award for Article on Inequalities During COVID”
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Commissioner Amina Yasin and former Commissioner Daniella Fergusson co-edited the Spring 2021 edition of Plan Canada. This is a unique issue, proposed by Amina and Daniella in their role and co-chairs of the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Social Equity Committee. To provide adequate editorial flexibility and discretion, the editorial committee handed over the reins to the guest editors, giving them the opportunity and space to facilitate this important dialogue. Continue reading “Plan Canada: Social and Racial Equity Issue”
October 8, 1918
The first victim in Vancouver of the 1918 influenza epidemic—Annie Sachs—a mother of three young children – died on October 8, 1918. By October 27, 1918, 24 people in Vancouver died in a single day. By the end of the year, Vancouver had buried more than 600 victims of the Spanish flu.
The flu epidemic—often called the “Spanish flu”—ripped through Vancouver in 1918 with a blind fury that rivalled the march of senseless deaths of the First World War. After three waves, the infection finally subsided. One-third of Vancouver’s 100,000 residents had the flu; more than 900 died. Across the globe, the flu took the lives of more than 50 million people.
Impact on Planning and Development in VancouverContinue reading “On This Date: The first Vancouver victim of the 1918 influenza epidemic dies”
Date: October 27, 2020
The first victim in Vancouver of the 1918 influenza epidemic—Annie Sachs—a mother of three young children – died on October 8, 1918. By October 27, 1918, 24 people in Vancouver died in a single day. Before the disease’s fury was spent, almost one per cent of Vancouver’s population had died.
In the following decade, Vancouver underwent extraordinary changes in urban planning, design and architecture as World War One ended, the economy shuddered, protests filled the streets and cities re-invented themselves.
A century later, Vancouver is once again grappling with the effects of a pandemic. The boundaries between past and present begin to blur when we look closely at what happened in 1918 and where we are now.
Linking the past to our future, the Vancouver City Planning Commission’s Chronology Project is holding a panel discussion 102 years after that heartbreaking day when the virus claimed so many lives – October 27, 2020 – to explore how the 1918 influenza changed Vancouver and whether we should anticipate similar changes in the months and years ahead. The panel is part of a VCPC series of discussions on the post-pandemic city.Continue reading “Event: AFTERSHOCK – Looking back at 1918 for a view of Vancouver’s future”