Commissioners win 2021 Plan Canada Award for Article on Inequalities During COVID

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”

VCPC in the News — Broadway Subway

An artist’s rendering of the Mt. Pleasant SkyTrain Station.
The Vancouver City Planning Commissioner has long been interested in the planning for the Broadway Subway. Back in 2017, we submitted two memoranda to  Mayor and Council both recommending comprehensive, engaged land-use planning and urban design processes for the adjoining
areas and neighbourhoods.
March 8, 2017 | December 13, 2017
Commissioners have continued to follow and discuss the progress on the development of the Broadway, including receiving updates from city staff on their work. Last week, Commissioner Amina Yasin was interviewed by Dan Fumano for a story in the Vancouver Sun .  Her comments reflected the VCPC’s earlier recommendations, and added more specific examples of how broader planning could have helped  address some of Vancouver’s most pressing problems by making better use of the publicly owned stations sites.Here is what she had to say:
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Plan Canada: Social and Racial Equity Issue

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”

Acknowledging Black History Month

We, at the Vancouver City Planning Commission, would like to acknowledge that February is Black History Month.

We acknowledge that we all face the challenge of forgetting our history, including that the colonies that became colonial Canada did so through land speculation, colonialism, and more than 200 years of slavery that ended only 30 years before the United States of America wrote the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

This proclamation gave the legal basis to free enslaved people of African descent, many of whom would subsequently over years form multiple generations of Black freedom seekers to Canada including to the City of Vancouver, within the now displaced Hogan’s Alley community. It is within this context that we acknowledge the history of stolen lands and stolen peoples forced onto this land.

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