” …the risk, if you don’t produce a more compact form, is bankruptcy. Other North American cities have gotten themselves into hot water by not doing that.”
Those are words from a planning coordinator in Calgary, Alberta. If they can get their heads around the blessings of smarter, less wasteful development there’s definitely good hope for the rest of Canada.
image: Grant Hutchinson via Flickr/CC
The Calgary Herald recently did a series on the local version of the aging suburban middle many North American cities seem to feature. We are quite happy to report that life in Calgary’s catabolic pastry is definitely not all bad news.
Babin: how one community in Calgary’s “doughnut of decline” is managing its rebirth
The devil is in the sedentary details, apparently. As Alberta’s fossil fuel economy falters the layoffs go up, house price rises soften and the personal health of unemployed people suffers.
Alberta’s oil slump could trigger a spike in obesity rates as thousands cope with layoffs, specialists say
image: Filimonas Tryanatfillou via Flickr/CC
Sweet! Two Canadian media shout-outs in a single day to the oh so fine notion of a basic income. One in the Peterborough Examiner and the other in the National Post.
What does this say about wages and support for women and children in Canada? Too low and not enough. Another major argument for basic income.
Pay for child care or quit work? Calgary families forced to choose
Good news from Calgary, Alberta for the getting around file.
Calgary’s soaring transit use suggests high ridership is possible even in sprawling cities thetransportpolitic.com
image: man playing guitar on bus via Library & Archives Canada
A great piece from writer-about-places Taras Grescoe’s trip to northern Alberta to see the lifestyle rewards of being a tar sands community. Suburbia over-the-top and right next door to the world’s largest single industrial project. Fort McMurray is the best and the worst of the North American way: at sixty-six-and-a-half tonnes of greenhouse gas per capita per year. Welcome to the last frontier.
Big Mac. Fort McMurray has ambitions to become more than a one-resource town
A youth worker in Edmonton, Alberta has taken to social media hoping to show the world what he sees nearly every day. Some $60,000 has apparently also been raised in support of the at-risk youth population in Edmonton by Mark Cherrington’s Tweets.
Some of his postings are snapshots of troubled lives and so they appear to have begun to generate some controversy. Images attached to the brief descriptions of the lives he encounters are being interpreted by some onlookers as violations of appropriate social work boundaries. Decide for yourself:
An unfiltered snapshot of Canadian poverty on Twitter. Edmonton youth worker hopes to expose issues faced by young people on the streets
Mark Cherrington on Twitter
Ideas raised in response to suburban poverty must be not only bold, timely, innovative, sustainable, and out-of-the-box, they also must taste good. Here are two links to people growing things where you might not expect that to be happening. Hope your Canadian Thanksgiving was plentiful and pleasant.
Jane-finch farm rakes in first harvest
image: liz west via Wikimedia Commons