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Our Cities Will Define Our Future

Our Cities Will Define Our Future | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

After the post was vacant for more than a year, Jennifer Keesmaat started this month as the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto.


Canada’s future lies in its urban areas like Metropolitan Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, much more than it does in its resources or agriculture. More than eighty percent of the food grown and resources mined and extracted in Canada is destined for city-customers. Urbanization is driving the wealth creation needed to pay for these materials. Urbanization is also driving most of our big planetary challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity and soil degradation.


A few things Ms. Keesmaat calls for: greater cooperation between national and local governments (and a better appreciation at the national level on the importance of well-functioning cities); the need for good data and evidence-based decision making; addressing income disparities; the imperative of public transit and affordable housing; job creation; and better provision and use of infrastructure in suburbs.


more at Sustainable Cities Collective

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Like a Bad Boyfriend, XL Keeps Coming Back

Like a Bad Boyfriend, XL Keeps Coming Back | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The controversy over whether to green-light the building of the Keystone XL pipeline to connect Canada’s tar sands with refiners on the Gulf coast may not be much in the news anymore, but it’s far from gone. 

 

Dan notes: 

 

The article describes why "Jobs don’t justify the Keystone XL pipeline. It will raise fuel prices for Americans. And it further locks us into a future of declining energy quality and increasing cost."

 

There's an amusing video too:

 

http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1019307-like-a-bad-boyfriend-xl-keeps

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Edmonton designer's most important job is role model

Edmonton designer's most important job is role model | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

EDMONTON - In his two-storey print shop in west Edmonton, Jules Thomas works two phones, juggles two businesses and contemplates the two lives he’s already lived at age 30.

 

A self-taught designer and musician, Thomas is the creative talent in a small, two-person design firm, Distrikt Media. He’s also the brains behind his second venture, Bannock Burger, a mobile restaurant, launched this summer.

 

As part of a younger generation of aboriginals trying their hand at business in the big city, Thomas is an optimist these days: “I just want to be a better me and now I’m a role model for young aboriginals in the city.”

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