Reshaping Victoria’s Economy for a Sustainable Planet

An expert panel discusses how our municipal government could help build a more economically vital and ecologically resilient community * * There have long been gaps between the vision most of us have for a socially responsible, environmentally “green” Victoria, and the high-priced, unbridled growth towards which the dominant economic forces in this region steer

By |2010-07-06T22:47:42+00:00May 24th, 2010|2 Comments

Visioning Our Future or Our Pipe Dream?

There’s a problematic gap between what many people want to see in Victoria’s Official Community Plan, and what traditional urban economics dictates. * As the public participation component of Victoria’s Official Community Plan process officially launched, the air felt heavy with irony. It was only March, but fans were already fighting mugginess in the glass-roofed

By |2010-07-06T22:48:10+00:00April 26th, 2010|0 Comments

The Problem with Thinking Charitably

Sometimes charities don’t educate us about the broader political context, and we prefer it that way. * What’s a good charity? Malalai Joya gave an interesting answer. Joya is the female politician dubiously ousted from the male-dominated Afghan Parliament in 2007. She was promoting her book, A Woman Among Warlords, last November at the University

By |2010-02-22T00:59:45+00:00February 2nd, 2010|1 Comment

This is the Liberals’ 9/11

The global recession is the excuse Gordon Campbell has always wanted. * I didn’t want to write about the BC Liberals’ latest cuts. But for a commentator on community issues, they’re difficult to avoid. Arts funding is being cut 90% over two years. Most gaming funding will be yanked from non-profit agencies.­ (After previous cuts

By |2010-02-02T23:21:26+00:00November 3rd, 2009|0 Comments

The Politics of Parking

We’re paying a lot for parking. An awful lot. * Years ago, I was awaiting the fate of a grant application before Victoria city council to help build a community garden. Instead, council got bogged down debating a developer’s building permit and re-zoning application. The developer wanted a reduction in the number of parking spaces

By |2010-02-02T23:22:06+00:00October 8th, 2009|2 Comments
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