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The dream is alive in the Great White North

The dream is alive in the Great White North

We can all rest easy. Despite many studies showing increased income inequality and a shrinking middle class in Canada, a...

Vancouver’s social stalemate

Vancouver’s social stalemate

If anyone needs proof that Vancouver is in a class of its own (our placement on the Most Liveable Cities...

“Don’t drink the housing market Kool-Aid”

“Don’t drink the housing market Kool-Aid”

Canada’s housing boom was recently hailed as one of the longest in the Western world. But as 2011 drew to...

Congratulations Dr. Silvia Vilches and Dr. Danielle Labbé

Congratulations Dr. Silvia Vilches and Dr. Danielle Labbé

I’ve been much too preoccupied with my own doctoral exam and graduation from SCARP to celebrate the accomplishments of two...

Economics 101

Economics 101

Obviously, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford only has a cursory knowledge of economics. He was, after all, elected to “trim the...

Housing innovations: the past is the future

Housing innovations: the past is the future

The home building industry may not have recovered in the US, but apartment construction is making a comeback. Within a...

Treading a new path: Indigenous planning at SCARP

Treading a new path: Indigenous planning at SCARP

The multitude of planning concerns faced by Aboriginal communities across Canada hit national headlines a few weeks ago when Attawapiskat,...

Want immigrants to integrate? Give them better transit and affordable housing

Want immigrants to integrate? Give them better transit and affordable housing

Talk about timing. A few weeks ago, in time for provincial elections in Ontario, Manitoba, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador,...

The future is now: Metro Vancouver’s Moving Forward plan

The future is now: Metro Vancouver’s Moving Forward plan

In an article in today’s Vancouver Sun (“Seven mayors weigh in–The case for funding public transit”, October 4, 2011), seven regional...

Portlandia and other urban stereotypes

Portlandia and other urban stereotypes

Stereotypes of urban groups are well-known: hipsters, yuppies, DINKs, soccer moms. Writers exaggerate them for comic effect: we’re all familiar...

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