The 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (or COP21 for short) is about to kick off in Paris tomorrow and will run until December 11th. We’ve all heard about it in the news lately I’m sure, especially as Prime Minister Trudeau has invited opposition party leaders and premiers to attend the event, showing that Canada should be all-in on the climate issue. Even though Trudeau is going into this conference with the same climate plan as the previous government, his attitude says a lot and I’m really hoping to see a Canadian government with a more open-mind at this year’s talks.
On November 20th I gathered with the crowd outside the Supreme Court of Justice, waiting for this year’s National Housing Rally to begin. This was my first rally – ever – I had no clue what to expect. But the Supreme Courts, which had failed to recognize housing as a public right just two years earlier, were certainly the perfect starting grounds for affordable housing advocates to voice their discontent.
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Check out this video about The Barbican, a London building complex from the 60s and 70s that was inspired by mixed-use community living.
What makes an urban centre truly great? Check out my list of 10 things every city needs below to find out!
When I lived in Japan my host family had two elementary age daughters, and every morning their mom would wake them up, feed them, and get them ready just in time to make the bus — only this bus wasn’t a bus at all, it was a walking school bus! It’s actually a common sight in Japan, elementary school children in two straight lines, being lead to school by an adult chaperone. (Just like a scene from Madeleine!)
So, what is a walking school bus?
For those of you that didn’t make it out to the advanced polls to vote, Monday will be your last chance to have your say in the Federal election! Make sure you get out there to vote. Here’s my round-up of the urban-centric portions of each party’s campaign platform, plus a few of my comments below.