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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...

Being third on this list is a fail, Vancouver

Being third on this list is a fail, Vancouver

Vancouver is often included on lists. You know, like the Most Livable City list (we dropped to #3 this year,...

Goodbye U-Pass! (Unbelievable Prescription for Access to Sustainable Savings)

Goodbye U-Pass! (Unbelievable Prescription for Access to Sustainable Savings)

Since I finished my Ph.D. this month, today was officially my last day to use my U-Pass, and a sad...

Finishing school

Finishing school

Steps in Completing a Ph.D. Submit first draft. Wait for comments (January 7th). Submit second draft. Wait for comments (April...

The bell tolls for Jack Layton

The bell tolls for Jack Layton

Less than four short months ago, I stood at the back of a standing-room-only crowd in a film studio in...

To boldly go

To boldly go

The City of Vancouver Housing and Homelessness Strategy, approved Thursday July 28th, is a bold move in the context of...

New insights into immigrant employment trajectories

New insights into immigrant employment trajectories

There have been a few interesting articles lately discussing immigrants’ employment success in Canada. Last week, The Globe and Mail...

Highways: Vancouver’s unnecessary evil?

Highways: Vancouver’s unnecessary evil?

Ah, the postwar era. So much blind optimism…so many planning mistakes. Back in the 1960s when highway building was de...

Skeptics reluctant to board the Ford train (Part II)

Skeptics reluctant to board the Ford train (Part II)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was elected last fall on a promise to “trim the fat from City Hall”. Easier said...

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