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If we want to have a conversation, – here is a story as it was told and two outcomes on the future of theatre in Vancouver
What I mean
As the environment, setting, and interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs
As the parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning.
As the creative interests of the communities of interest involved
As the overarching common interests
As taking something from somebody dishonestly or unfairly
The Granville Island Cultural Society advances, supports and nurtures the arts on Granville Island and works to ensure the health, vibrancy and diversity of Granville Island as a cultural oasis.
Canadian Native Roots
Centre for Canadian Film
Uniting Our nation through film
REEL CANADA is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canada through film. Canadian films are the stories we tell about ourselves – they open the door to so many conversations about place, nation, identity, and what it means to be Canadian. REEL CANADA promotes the power and diversity of Canadian film and encourages this on-going conversation through three core programs: Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada, and National Canadian Film Day. Through these programs, REEL CANADA increases audiences for our films, encourages dialogue and, most crucially, provides an opportunity to enjoy our great nation through the wonderful stories we tell. By celebrating Canadian cinematic storytelling we can build a stronger and prouder Canada.
How to read a book
Leadership Opportunities for Canada
Understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of our experiences, of our cultural heritage, and of our opportunities for creative community enterprise around our common interests in creating our future as a community
Blueprint for the future
Our blueprint for the future lies in learning how to learn from our experience, how to create with our experience, and how to create our experience with and for one another.
Critical and creative exploration of our experience, our nature, our interests, and our media for creative connections that contribute to our creative enterprise, our creative evolution, and our cultural evolution is the art of creating possibilities for our future as individuals, as communities, and as a community.
Our experience is our consciousness of our experience, of our feelings and ideas about our experience, and of our response to our experience. Our life is an interactive, immersive, creative experience.
Creating with our nature, – knowing who we are and how we are and what we care about and how we respond to our experience and learning how to create with our contributors and deal with our militators.
The creative installation
The creative installation, changing and growing and becoming what it wants to be with each action and each creative connection
Can be explored as a story, as a gallery of ideas, as a creative enterprise, as an opportunity to create connections, as an opportunity to explore for creative connections
I don’t have the capacity to answer questions. If you have a question what do you think or imagine the answer might be, or talk about the question
I am creating the installation with enterprises I would like to make more successful to increase their contribution to the communities of interest who benefit.
We have created with our ideas. We have created societies with our ideas. We create with ideas. What ideas contribute to our ability to create? What ideas work in our common interest? What ideas define our interests?
I am creating with what I call quantum ideas because they have integrity, demonstrated evidence, and positive contribution to our common human interests as I see things from my point of view
From the social media revolution to the evolution of community media
Exploring the business case
In what way could these ideas benefit our interests? What are our benefits for the contributions? What is the contribution from our investments?
From catalyzing a social movement to exciting interest and investment in creating healthy communities
Creating communities where everyone has the opportunity and ability to play a role and contribute to creating our community and our experience of community
Creating communities where we can feel cared about and cared for and feel connected with.
From catalyzing a social change to creating communities without borders
Creating communities that create a culture of community and a language of community and a way of doing things that contributes to moving from us and them to we.
From creating change to creating with our cultural and creative differences
Each community of common interest has different dimensions, different experiences, different issues, different priorities, different resources, different opportunities, different abilities, different relationships, different ideas and different contributions to make, – which create the context for exploring the creative interests, ideas, and opportunities for creative community enterprise.
All systems that respond to changes, variations, and unknowns are communication system. The question in designing systems is what do we need to know and how do we decide what choices to make to maximize our contribution to our interests and minimize our cost, loss, and waste.
The heritage of jazz
Music as the great crossover – black culture and white culture – jazz – the contribution to the evolution of jazz from both cultures
Creating our story
Creating our part
We are all playing a part in creating our place in our community. Do we know our part? Do you know what kind of part would we like to create for ourself?
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Creating Our Recovery Systems
$69 Billion in Florida Property Vulnerable to Sea-level Rise
Sea-level rise has emerged as a major threat to Miami, and other coastal cities, that can no longer be ignored.
Occurrences of flooding and beach erosion have removed any doubt about whether environmental changes will impact the city. The effects have already been costly — and that cost is expected to rise. Moreover, experts believe rising sea levels could cause the value of beachfront properties to drop.
That’s why CityAge is making new approaches to resiliency and planning for sea level rise a major focus of CityAge: Florida later this month in Fort Lauderdale.
The Real Deal quotes a National Wildlife Federation report that said Miami could lose up to $3.5 billion in assets by 2070 because of coastal flooding and beach erosion. The report also said Miami has more exposed coastal assets than any city. In less than 15 years, $69 billion in property will be at risk of flooding in Florida.
There are also concerns that Miami’s famed Art Deco District could be under threat.
Florida has already spent $393 million on replacing sand since the 1990’s. A far greater effort will be needed. This was driven home when an octopus was recently found in a parking lot during a King Tide.
As pointed out by Design Miami’s Chief Creative Officer Rodman Primack in Dezeen, architects and developers are finally beginning to think about what resiliency measures should be put in place. Last year a historic home at 22 Star Island was shifted and elevated to protect it from flooding.
Miami Beach has begun raising street heights and installing water pumps at a cost of at least $400 million.
Two of the buildings with serious flood defenses are Monad Terrace and Perez Art Museum Miami. The Terrace, a waterfront apartment complex, is raised about the ground in keeping with new building codes. The car park is also above ground level. Meanwhile, the museum floats three meters above the ground. It is expected that other property developers will follow suit.
In an October 2015 interview with Fusion, Miami Beach’s Chief Resiliency Officer Susanne Torriente spoke to the city’s major focus on resiliency. She suggested that it would be a model for other cities facing similar challenges of sea-level rise. However, acknowledging that the city on its own did not have enough resources to tackle the issue, she said the focus would be on”smarter decisions and smarter investments”.
Miami Beach’s City Manager Jimmy Morales will be joined Aecom’s Darcy Immerman and Deputy Director for Miami Dade Water & Sewer Department Hardeep Anand at CityAge: Florida on February 22 and 23. They will tackle the very important topic of building The Resilient American City.
Emerging Trends in Infrastructure
Why CityAge is headed to Hamilton this May
A new kind of city is being built across Canada and the United States.
Places once defined by a single industry are building innovative and inclusive new economies. Towns and cities are partnering with business, colleges and universities to catalyze talent and build social equity, renew their urban spaces and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, resilient future.
Millions of Canadians and Americans live in these cities and towns. The actions they are taking to transform their local communities and economies is essential to all of our futures.
On May 23rd & 24 CityAge will be proud to gather the leadership network shaping this vital transformation.
This special edition of CityAge is focused on mid-sized towns and cities. It will gather a set of speakers and delegates from across North America to look at the replicable examples of how we can build a more prosperous and inclusive future.
CityAge is delighted to partner with McMaster University and Evergreen to identify the opportunities, ideas, partnerships and investment models essential to building – and re-building – our towns and cities.
Peace River Dam and Creative British Columbia
Who Needs Canada
Canada’s Role in the World
Institute for Research on Public Policy
Founded in 1972, the Institute for Research on Public Policy is an independent, national, bilingual, not-for-profit organization. The IRPP seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and informing debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments.
The Institute’s independence is assured by an endowment fund, to which federal and provincial governments and the private sector contributed in the early 1970s.
In past negotiations, Hydro-Quebec has offered to pay just half (about 42 cents per kilowatt hour) of what it costs on average to generate Inukjuak’s electricity, space heating and water heating with diesel. This price gap illustrates one of the biggest challenges for Canada’s estimated 200 plus diesel-dependent remote communities, most of them Indigenous. Christopher Henderson, a project advisor to PLC and author of Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy & the Future of Canada’s First Peoples, says utilities will often lowball the amount they will pay a developer like PLC to produce clean energy. They’ll only pay what it currently costs to supply diesel.
“Why 42 cents? Because it’s the cost of diesel fuel alone. They don’t price in the costs for capital systems, [diesel site] management, things like that, so you end up with this really weird situation where the true value of alternatives is not being credited in the contracting context,” Henderson says. “As a result, many of these projects cannot proceed because they don’t have the revenue basis to proceed.”
Community Health Centre
Improving neighbourhood settings to promote child and family well-being outcomes
The neighbourhood in which a child grows-up can greatly influence their developmental outcomes and opportunities for success. Understanding how to build effective structures and systems within those communities is therefore critical for the long term health and well-being of children and their families.
Join CIFAR and the Toronto Child & Family Network for a Change Makers workshop in which research, community and government leaders will explore how social inequalities within and between neighbourhoods can impact social capital networks and in turn neighbourhood outcomes. With this understanding, participants will also discuss what neighbourhood settings can best support the well-being of children and families and how to work collectively to improve outcomes.
Community Trade Centre
Creating strong local media
Community Housing Centre
The Housing Fix
Solutions journalism on Canada’s housing crises
Community Trade Centre
Global Supply Chains
Centre for Democracy
The Art of Reconciliation
What is Social Licence?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a point of saying that for projects like pipelines to proceed, it’s not just political, legal and regulatory approval that must be obtained. “Social licence” is also key.
Social licence is commonly defined as ongoing community and stakeholder support for a project. The fact that social licence is “ongoing” is crucial to understanding it. It’s not a simple one-off approval given to companies; it must be maintained over the course of a project’s lifespan.
Because social licence is an evolving phenomenon, this has made an exact definition tricky. After all, support can change as new information arises. UBC forestry professor Fred Bunnell has stressed that a community’s acceptance is not necessarily their approval, and their co-operation is not necessarily trust. A social licence may become a legal deal, but to communities, it’s more than a transaction — it’s a relationship.
An exploration of what it is, how and under what circumstances it is obtained, who grants it, and what its scope and limits are
Grand Chief Edward John
Chief John has served in many leadership roles at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Chief John is currently serving his tenth consecutive term on the First Nations Summit Task Group (political executive), which is mandated to carry out specific tasks related to Aboriginal Title and Rights negotiations with British Columbia and Canada and other issues of common concern to First Nations in British Columbia. He is a former Co-Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus and participated in the development of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2007. He was recently re-appointed for a second three-year term as a North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (January 2014 – December 2016).
First nations Summit
The concept of social licence to operate
Jim Cooney holds a BA in philosophy and political science, an MA in East Asian Studies and an MA of Theological Studies. He retired as Vice President, International Government Affairs for Placer Dome Inc. in 2006, following the company’s acquisition by Barrick Gold. Cooney has done a lot to engage corporations, organizations and governments to explore corporate ethics and best practices related to issues of human rights, socially responsible investing, indigenous peoples and resource extraction. He is known for having coined the term Social Licence to Operate (SLO) in 1997.
From Rock to Reality – The Mining and Metallurgy Legacy Project
Indigenous Peoples at the UN
Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.
Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history, their rights have always been violated. Indigenous peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life.
Social licence as free, informed, and prior consent
Firstly Free ‘ simply means that there is no manipulation or coercion of the Indigenous People and that the process is self-directed by those effected by the project.
Secondly ‘Prior’ implies that consent is sought sufficiently in advance of any activates being either commenced or authorised, and time for the consultation process to occur must be guaranteed by the relative agents.
‘Informed’ suggests that the relevant Indigenous people receive satisfactory information on the key points of the project such as the nature, size, pace, reversibility, the scope of the project, the reason for it, and its duration. This is the more difficult term of the four, as different groups may find certain information more relevant. The Indigenous People should also have access to the primary reports on the economic, environmental cultural impact that the project will have. The language used must be able to be understood.
Finally ‘consent’ means a process in which participation and consultation are the central pillars
Centre for Global Studies
Institute for the Study of International Development
Indigenous Studies Program
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Indigenous rights as free, informed, and prior consent
The conventions in each community will be quite different.
Does indigenous licence trump social licence and how do we reconcile the two?
Social licence when the benefits to the community outweigh the impacts
The most informed are those whose lives or jobs are involved or who need and want to be informed
The behaviour of leaders, – what they say or do, – what they can promise and they can’t
We need leaders who are good communicators
We can’t have violent or illegal behaviour
Projects will prosper if the local community benefits
Social licence continually evolves, – like Moore’s Law. How can we ensure the problems and issues of the community are addressed as they evolve
Moving forward together in full partnership
Need to involve the concept of societal or first nations interests at the beginning
Need to have representatives of the social concerns at the table
Social licence is not a yes or no tactic, – we need to dig below the yes and no language
Canada has become a world leader in the pursuit of the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights.
How can we incorporate the idea of reconciliation in what we do and how we do things?
A greater acceptance is happening, – how do we bring the idea of social licence into play?
Who has the right to grant consent from the community and how do we know when the agreement has been met?
What we can do is bring the distinct tenets of aboriginal laws into Canadian laws
Creating our legal systems
Without coming to an understanding and agreement on what is important to everyone in the community and our view of the world we can not move forward together in full partnership
Canadian companies need to pay attention to social licence and indigenous rights
Should social licence trump national interest?
Daphne Bramham: Should social licence trump national interest?
What you can learn from Moore’s Law is that the future can be shaped by goals. If a simple law can unleash this enormous creativity to fuel constant innovation and motivate an entire industry to continuously work together to meet a boring and above that imaginary number target, imagine what a compelling vision could do. Focusing on a positive and desirable future will help you manage even the greatest challenges.
The historical reality is that technological, commercial and intellectual upheavals — often unforeseen — set in motion forces that create new opportunities and threats.
American Association for the Advancement and Science
Creative British Columbia
Communities without borders
The politics of Fear
West End Community Network
Creating Community with Music
Instruments of Change
Instruments of Change uses the arts as an educational tool to empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives. By expanding community access to cultural activities, we allow diverse populations the opportunity to make and experience music and art.
Through our arts-based community development projects, which serve schools, hospices, shelters, community centres and prisons, we create synergetic experiences that give both our facilitating artists and our participants a means of expression to find their authentic voice using a variety of artistic modes.
Our objectives are
-To bring music and art to the broadest possible demographic, allowing people the chance to experience, make and do art themselves.
-To connect and impact the creators and audience of our art by enabling participants to become agents of change in their own lives through the act of collective art making.
-To advocate for the value of the arts by illustrating their broad-reaching benefits through our projects, performances, and stories.
-To create a sustainable organization, using diversified funding strategies and by developing numerous community partnerships.
Instruments of Change launched this youth marimba band program for boys and girls, at Burnaby Youth Correctional Services, in July 2015. Stick Together provides a fun and accessible way to make music that allows youth the chance to build self-esteem while developing patience and good learning habits.
We’ve also extended the reach of our Stick Together marimba program, this year, with the launch of weekly sessions at the Vinery School for at-risk youth, in Vancouver. Our inspiring facilitator, Chris Couto leads a dozen boys and girls, who learn reggae to rock songs while cultivating sensitivity, good work habits and team work.
The Vinery Program provides a safe, supportive and nurturing educational environment to at-risk, emotionally fragile students. The program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their emotional, social and academic needs. Students are offered an opportunity to study an individualized, self-paced educational program. In addition to the core academic subjects the Vinery Program offers various group activities including a Personal Awareness Program, an Arts and Community Program, and a Fitness Program.
Circular Fashion Economy – A Zero Waste Future
Over the last decade, the rise of fast fashion has created a $3 trillion industry that has made buying clothes cheaper and more addictive than ever before. Can there be a better way where we can consume more responsibly, rethink our value of waste, and create a more harmonious relationship between sustainably and consumption?
From Who Needs Canada: Researching the Globe
SFU 2017 Public Square Community Summit
Gordon Ching is a final year human geography undergraduate at Simon Fraser University who is passionate about the circular economy, consumption, and sustainability. Gordon spent the last four years working abroad in London, Rotterdam, San Fransisco, and Shanghai in global digital marketing and brand strategy roles with Apple and AIESEC International.
The Circular Economy
The 81lb Challenge
“The average North American discards 81lbs of textiles per year, ranking fashion as the second most-polluting industry next only to oil,” shared Myriam Laroche, founder and president of Eco Fashion Week. “From runway shows, to industry panels, Eco Fashion Week – along with like minded partners like Value Village – addresses the ethics of the fashion industry while proposing tangible steps towards closing the loop.”
From The 81lb Challenge
“The clothes we all buy is probably the most common way by which all of us contribute to water pollution and environmental degradation around the world and yet it’s probably the least known in terms of it being a major polluting issue. Our goal is to bring that to light and certainly we want to create a much greater awareness of the impact of fashion on the global environment on our waterways but at the same time, we want the film to be a vehicle for positive change.
The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. At the same though, it’s an industry that is very consumer sensitive. So I’m a real believer in conscious consumerism and my hope is that if many people become aware of the issue, if many more people begin to ask questions, then that can be a real driver of positive change.”
Eco Fashion Week
World Literature Program
Creative Music Community
Creative Broadcasting Centre
Canada as the creative music centre of the world
Why did I become a member of the Canadian Music Centre?
I accepted an invitation to become a member of the Canadian Music Centre because Bob Baker told me he wanted to blow the doors off our creativity and make Canada the creative music centre of the world. I can see that is possible.
I am not a musician, a composer, or a song writer. But I understand and appreciate the contribution of music to my experience of life. I can see how music contributes to our feeling for one another, to our feeling of community, and to our appreciation of our different experiences of life. And I can see how music contributes to our creative and cultural evolution.
I can also see why we need to blow the doors off our creativity and why we need to create new stories, new ideas, and new imagination to excite our creative contribution.
Becoming the creative music centre of the world is an exciting idea. But what does that mean? How do we do that? What could we do? What could we contribute? How could we demonstrate we are the creative music centre of the world?
How could music contribute to exciting our creativity?
Music is our universal language.
Music has no borders and creates no borders.
Music creates connections across our cultural and language differences.
Music connects us to our cultural and creative roots.
Music tells stories.
Music excites our imagination and our creative expression.
Music contributes to creating communities.
Music contributes to exciting creative connections
What do I see we can do?
We could create community around our common interest in increasing our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of music. We could create community with other artists in increasing our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of our arts and our creative expression. We could create community around our ability to excite creative community enterprise around our common interests.
Why the Canadian Music Centre?
I can see that the Canadian Music Centre has the resources, the ability, and the interest. The Canadian Music Centre is a community of composers, songwriters, and musicians. Composers create stories with music. Songwriters tell stories with music. Musicians create connections with music. We have everything we need to excite our communities of creative contributors in becoming the creative music centre of the world and increasing our creative contribution to the future of our world.
I think music is the pointy edge of our ability to create connections and possibilities for our future. I think the music community could set the pace for other communities of creative contributors. I think Canada could set the pace as a country of creative cultures. I think we could demonstrate how our many cultures contribute to creating new ideas, new creative expression, and new creative contributions, – and to creating our culture as Canadians.
We have the opportunity to become known as Creative Canada. We are uniquely positioned as a country to contribute to the cultural and creative evolution of our world.
Creating connections and community with music is how we could blow the doors off our creativity and how we could contribute to creating possibilities for a new world. I am looking forward to hearing the music.
The Beaumont Studios
The Beaumont is a collective of artists; our goal is to create and grow an artistic environment that works together as a co-operative. It is important that anyone applying for studio space at The Beaumont be able to take part in and be engaged with our events and happenings both in the studios and out in the community. Tenant involvement allows us to grow and foster business with our artists. Thank you for your interest in joining our family.
How to build a hotel in 15 days
Internet Access and Women
Vancouver Art Community
Over the last thirty years, Vancouver has launched some of contemporary art’s best known photographers through the movement known as photoconceptualism. Going back to the group known as the Vancouver School in the 1980s, casual photo-based work gave young iconoclast artists a chance to mark out new thought-provoking questions about what art was and what it could become.
Since then, photoconceptualism has become a proud badge for Vancouver to wear in the global art scene, encompassing artist like Vikky Alexander, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Ken Lum, Jeff Wall, and Ian Wallace. By reflecting a history of local photography within a global context, Capture aims to inspire photography lovers of all backgrounds while attracting new audiences to celebrate and learn more about our region’s vibrant art-historical roots.
Capture Photography Festival
Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Festival strives to nurture emerging talent, engage community, and spark public dialogue about photography as an art form and a vessel for communication.
The April 2017 edition presents photography at over 70 esteemed galleries and community spaces throughout Vancouver as part of the Festival’s Selected and Open Exhibition Programs, and further includes public installations, tours, films, artist talks, and the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair.
As photography becomes an increasingly accessible art form, its practitioners and admirers are forced to ask themselves ever more difficult questions. Namely, how do we now distinguish the amateur from the professional, the casual from the conceptual, appropriation from influence, and, more recently, the technique from the tool?
There are no clear-cut answers to these questions. Rather, they’ve developed into entry points for artists to explore exactly what it means for be making photographs today. Capture aims to add to this discourse while opening the discussion into a citywide conversation, appealing to photography converts and skeptics alike.
Speaker Series on Aboriginal Issues
Indigenous Community Enterprises in the Andes: Challenges and Opportunities”
The field of Indigenous entrepreneurship arose from inquiries into the nature of entrepreneurship among diverse cultural groups, highlighting that the standard conception of the innovative, risk-taking individual does not accurately describe entrepreneurship by marginalized populations
Indigenous entrepreneurship tends to have a collective orientation in structure or distribution of benefits. Research with Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes shows that the community-based enterprise is a common model — in which the community acts “corporately as both entrepreneur and enterprise in pursuit of the common good” For profit activities are established to generate revenues for health and education services or to retain and regenerate traditional cultural practices.
“Reclaiming Story, Sense of Place and Deep History with the help of Digital Media”
This presentation discusses the path of re-claiming stories that were recorded from Secwepemc knowledge keepers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Unfortunately, these stories survive in English renditions only. Through collaborative story-writing with elders in her home community, Skeetchestn and other Secwepemc communities, Marianne Ignace and Chief Ron Ignace re-translated and re-claimed them in the Secwepemc language by re-thinking their meaning, style and message, and the places and environments they connect to.
The group then turned them into digital media, accompanied by vibrant illustrations which also involved collaboration between a young artist and elders. Making these available, celebrating them on the land and reconnecting to the places of the stories, but then also making them available as an app to enable digital learning allows new generations of Secwepemc to access them and learn to tell them.
Communities without Borders
Doctors without Borders
“We are at a point in history when many countries are making the choice to close their borders to people, to ideas, to new ways of thinking. Other countries have their sovereign right to do what they want with their policies. In Canada, we made a different choice. History will judge that countries that are open will be more successful at the end of the day.”
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Creative Music Community
Academy of Cinema and Television
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing all screen-based industries.
The Academy’s Canadian Screen Week celebrates excellence in film, English-language television, and digital media through a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations culminating in the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala carried live on CBC, Sunday March 12th, 2017.
The Academy honours the best in French-language television and digital media through Les Prix Gemeaux, which will be held on September 17, 2017. The awards have evolved from humble, pre-television beginnings in 1949 at Ottawa’s Little Elgin Theatre to today’s star-studded red carpet events. In 2013, the Canadian Screen Awards were born as the result of a merger of the Gemini Awards and Genie Awards—the Academy’s previous awards presentations for English-language television and film productions.
Canadian Music Community
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Creative Fashion for Youth
Creating Opportunities for Youth
Our mission is to bring project-based learning into all classrooms through unique workshops and powerful hands-on learning experiences for educators. We help teachers engage young people in work that responds to authentic problems and real-world questions, and believe that making, building and design are pathways to an empathetic, socially just education.
We share curricula for STEAM-oriented projects and design challenges, intellectual sparks for all grade levels, and an extensive collection of readings and videos about creativity as a practice. We lead workshops to help educators launch real, community-oriented classroom projects that are aligned with specific learning objectives, and host events in inspiring locations that ignite conversations about pedagogy in new contexts.
To End Homelessness, Prevent It from Happening in the First Place
Early diagnosis, access to multiple supports keep people off the street.
By Stefania Seccia Today | Megaphone Magazine / The Tyee
Stefania Seccia is the managing editor of Megaphone Magazine. Megaphone readers separately supported this particular series on homelessness solutions through a spring 2016 crowdfunding drive. Other publications wishing to publish this article or other Housing Fix articles, please contact editor Chris Wood.
One House Many Nations campaign’s first tiny home delivered in Sask.
Blood Tribe joins tiny house movement with gigantic shop project
This first nation is fighting homelessness by building tiny houses.
The Nak’azdli Whut’en Reserve gave keys to four men to the first homes they’ve ever owned
The homes are 320 square feet
They include a porch, washroom, washer and dryer
The new tenants are pretty excited
One of them has started reading again
And likes to invite people in for coffee
“Everybody deserves a home. Everybody deserves a chance”
Nak’azdli Whut’en capital and lands manager
Pacific Parklands Foundation
The Journalist’s Code of Ethics
To what standards do newsmen and women adhere and how should everyone be made to adhere to them? Here are some suggestions for “The Journalist’s Code of Ethics”
I am a journalist because I believe that if all the world had all the facts about everything, it would be a better world
I understand that the facts and the truth are not always the same. It is my job to report the facts so that others can decide on the truth
I will try to tell people what they ought to know and avoid telling them what they want to hear, except when the two coincide, which isn’t often
I will not do deliberate harm to any persons, except to the extent that the facts harm them and then I will avoid the facts.
The disappointing fact is that a large part of the American public reads a newspaper and watches television news for entertainment than information. This has contributed to the profit-driven companies’ tendencies to deal with the truth in favour of entertainment. The truth is often less interesting than rumour or gossip and our good newspapers are to be congratulated for their imperfect resistance to being entertainers.
A good reporter ought to be part detective, part problem solver, and part writer. A reporter has to find the facts, piece them together so they make sense, and then put them down in writing in a manner that makes them clear to everyone else.
From 60 years of Wisdom and Wit
With appreciation to Marianne
First Nations British Columbia
– Social Licence
– Cultural centre
– City before the city
Networks are the only form of organization used by living systems on this planet. These networks result from self-organization, where individuals or species recognize their interdependence and organize in ways that support the diversity and viability of all. Networks create the conditions for emergence, which is how Life changes. Because networks are the first stage in emergence, it is essential that we understand their dynamics and how they develop into communities and then systems.” – Margaret Wheatley
Canada 150 Film
Russian Scientists bringing back the ice age
Lick to support your program
The Age of Consequences
Canada and 2017
Canada’s 150th year could be as pivotal as 1867 and 1967
This country could be the first to get on the right political and policy track forward into the emerging new world. But it will take hard work.
William A. MacDonald
The Globe and Mail, 2017.03.17
Canadian Difference is a bilingual online community dedicated to insightful national conversation about what makes Canada work; and to explore the role which Mutual Accommodation has or could play on specific issues of importance to the country.
Share our history. Shape our future
How to get Canadians to care about Canadian content
What is the overall goal? Why is it important for us to produce our own content? Is it, for you, an issue of cultural, economic, political sovereignty?
It’s a question of Canadian identity, and that’s a perpetual question that Canadians have always struggled with. At this point, with voices of intolerance and protectionism in the world, for Canada to have a voice on the world stage I think is more important than ever. I think that Canadian content and Canadian voices are central to us moving forward as a country.
Current Musqueam values and teachings are based on our traditional culture. A major part of these teachings and values is the kinship system. Family and relations are more closely defined in Musqueam’s teachings than in Euro-Canadian ways. Traditionally, large extended families lived close together and the children were taught the importance of family and family history. Our people lived in multi-family homes that have been called bighouses. Large extended families lived in one house, – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children, etc. These families shared in all the tasks and chores of a household. Yet, each nuclear family was kept separate by partitions often made of bulrush mats.
When it came to the teachings and the learning of the traditional ways everybody partook in this informal education process. It was very important that our customary system of authority be taught to the young people. Power was given and controlled within the families. When a problem arose in the community each house was represented by a person who was selected by the family to represent them – to be the head of the family on that particular issue.
There was no formal structural level of government as there is today. There was no need to have the forms of government that came with the Indian Agent and the Indian Act. Our people did not always agree as one people, but the teachings were the same. No matter what the situation it could always be solved through our traditional and cultural form of government/authority.
Our Canadian Environment
Leaders of Tomorrow
Creative Fashion for Youth
The World’s Largest Sustainable Fashion Event
Canada Fashion Group
81 lb Challenge
March 30 to April 12
Lisa Jackson and her virtual reality film, Highway of Tears
Part of Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory, a free two-day film festival in Vancouver celebrating impactful Indigenous cinema.
What is Social Licence
Canada would not be Canada without the welcoming first nations
Home for Good
The Pipeline Project
Produced by ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society, in association with Gateway Theatre and Neworld Theatre.
Oil is in everything. Even our toothbrushes and pens, which troubles Quelemia Sparrow. In the opening minutes of The Pipeline Project, she laments, “What do I do with all my pens?”
Sparrow is one of three writer-performers—the other two are Sebastien Archibald and Kevin Loring—who guide us through this peculiar work. It’s not a play in the classical sense, as there’s no plot, very little drama, and the actors play themselves.
Instead, it’s a collage of theatrical forms and mixed media: monologues, dialogues, found-video projections, news segments, witness statements, and even puppetry. I came to think of it as a theatrical documentary.
What we can do
From theatrical documentary to reality theatre
2017 What I mean
And why the idea is useful
2017 How We Are
And what we can do
We have to keep reminding ourselves that we are in charge of our life
Centre for International Governance Innovation
Arts and Social Change
Writers Trust of Canada
Essential Business Intelligence
The Globe and Mail
Digital Transformation in Canada
“It seems some inertia has set in at many Canadian organizations, and it’s preventing them from adopting new digital technologies. I’m hoping this consortium can be a launch pad for changing attitudes across Canadian business.”
Michael Conway, President of FEI Canada
Theatre of the New World
Restoring Our Atmosphere
Chemical Valley: A Toxic Tale
An award-winning documentary put together by a team of 5 at the Ryerson School of Journalism in our graduating year.
So Far Sounds
The Future of Heritage in Vancouver – What the New Thematic Framework Means for Our City
Under the Heritage Action Plan of 2015, development commenced on a new thematic framework in order to update the Vancouver Heritage Register so that it reflected newer approaches to heritage. This includes recognizing a broader range of heritage values beyond just the architectural. This work on the new framework is nearing completion and will change how we evaluate and recognize heritage in the city.
Heritage consultant Donald Luxton of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., who is conducting the update, will introduce the new thematic framework and panelists will explore what the adoption of these broader heritage values may mean for communities, our definition and understanding of heritage, and the progression of heritage planning in Vancouver.
Helen Cain is the Director of Heritage Policy for Heritage Vancouver, Board Past-Chair of Heritage BC, and the heritage planner at the City of Richmond. She is a community, heritage and development planner interested in the intersections between culture, community and place. Previously, she worked for the City of Victoria’s heritage program where she led the creation of the first city-wide thematic framework in British Columbia, and as a consultant planner in urban policy and community engagement around heritage and culture in the creative and sustainable city.
Donald Luxton is the principal of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., a leading heritage and museum consulting firm as well as the principal consultant for the City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan from 2015 to 2017. Involved in the field of heritage resource management since 1983, he is a well known consultant, advocate, educator and author, and has worked on numerous projects throughout Western Canada, including municipal planning projects, museum development and the restoration of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. In 1983, he was a founding Director of the Victoria Heritage Foundation. In 2009, he was the recipient of the British Columbia Heritage Award.
Britney Quail works as a Planning Analyst for the City of New Westminster and is the lead on a proposal to implement a Heritage Conservation Area in the historic Queen’s Park neighbourhood. Britney holds degrees in public policy (Carleton University) and community planning (UBC). She is also President of the BC Heritage Fairs Society, a Heritage BC award-winning program for youth engagement in local history. Britney currently lives in Vancouver, in a 1938 Tudor Revival, with her long-term Romeo and an equally steadfast goldfish named Jack.
Joanne Proft is Manager of Community Planning at the University of British Columbia where she leads the development of land use, development, and public realm projects at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. She holds graduate degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from UBC and brings an interdisciplinary and collaborative perspective to projects to help create vibrant, inclusive and transformative urban places and communities.
Prior to joining UBC, Joanne worked at TransLink, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council in the UAE, several architectural and planning firms locally and internationally, and began her career as a heritage planning analyst at the City of Vancouver.
Tanis Knowles Yarnell, RPP, MCIP, is a planner with 20 years of private and public sector experience. She has been with the City of Vancouver since 2006, initially facilitating heritage projects seeking incentives through the City’s award-winning Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program. For many years Tanis was a planner in the Downtown Eastside, where she worked on numerous neighbourhood planning programs and projects including land use policy development, community engagement, and social and economic revitalization initiatives. Tanis’ current focus is implementing the Heritage Action Plan, which in 2015 resulted in the establishment of Vancouver’s first Heritage Conservation Area and aims to renew and modernize the City’s heritage conservation program for years to come.
Javier Campos is the Principal of Campos Studio. Prior to that Javier was a founding partner of Campos Leckie Studio – whose modernist work has been published nationally and internationally. He has also been involved in the creation of multiple Public Art projects and has won several competitions with Vancouver artist Elspeth Pratt including a commission entitled Sight Works for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He participates as a thesis advisor and guest critic at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture as well as The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. He is the President of Heritage Vancouver Society and a Board Member of The Contemporary Art Gallery.
About the series
Shaping Vancouver 2017: ReShaping Conversations on Heritage
Welcome to Shaping Vancouver 2017. We’re excited to present our third series of engaging and diverse talks to you. This year, our focus is on reshaping the conversation by looking at how we can expand how we have been defining heritage to make it more inclusive and representative. We engage with the narratives that live around, outside and within the Anglo-Colonial account that has so dominantly shaped Vancouver’s heritage. We start with a discussion on Vancouver’s new thematic framework for heritage and what that means for how we define heritage in our communities and city. The series then engages: undefined heritage; subcultural histories, including immigrants and marginalized groups; and concludes with an important dialogue around First Nations heritage where a panel will discuss how heritage can be used as a tool in the Truth and Reconciliation process.
What is a neighbourhood?
April 13, 2016
Many things make up a desirable neighbourhood such as how well it accommodates day-to-day life, the existence of visually and spacially interesting architectural and physical features, how social, community activities and human interaction are encouraged, pedestrian oriented retail and commercial areas, distinguishable area character, green spaces, and accommodation for multiple modes of transportation.
A panel will explore what features could be considered necessary to have living in vibrant neighbourhoods and communities as well as discuss what we should keep in mind as we manage change to Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.
In addition Don Luxton, lead consultant on the Heritage Action Plan, will present an update on one of the most anticipated pieces of the Heritage Action Plan, the Character Home Component, which will be going before Vancouver City Council in the Spring.
A general discussion with the audience will follow the presentation and conversation.
SHAPING VANCOUVER 2016: OUR NEIGHBOURHOODS
Following an extremely successful Shaping Vancouver 2015 series on the City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan, its initiative to update how the City’s heritage conservation is managed, Heritage Vancouver is thrilled to present our award winning series for 2016.
The series will put together heritage and community experts together to engage in conversation with the public around the heritage of our neighbourhoods, not only in terms of conservation but also in terms of the legacy we are creating for the future of Vancouver and what the actions we are taking today might mean for heritage in the future. The series will begin with an overview of how we may define a neighborhood and what is needed to create community. The series will then take the discussion to specific neighbourhoods in our city.
With close to 1000 residential buildings being torn down in Vancouver in 2015, many residents fear the erasure of neighbourhood character as demolitions become rampant. There is a general sense that new construction, an increase in empty houses and neighbourhood plans lack consideration for the existing neighbourhood context.
These conversations are intended to explore how we can accommodate change and preserve what is important to neighbourhoods and community.
Our goal is to help build happy, healthy communities by bringing people together through arts and culture.
Creative Cities Network of Canada
Born in Vancouver
The Social Planning and Research Council of BC
Creative Response to Tyranny
cruel and oppressive government or rule
Call to Action
Use your words.
They are louder and more articulate than your fists.
Jokes are words put together in a funny way.
Anyone in power who is threatened by a joke is not really all that powerful.
When you’re thoughtful and honest, humor can be cathartic.
And, unlike beating people up, it’s totally legal.
Are you brave enough to tell a joke?
Take a feather and tickle the foot of a giant.
Will the giant laugh or stomp on you?
It’s a risk, to bring peace and beauty to an otherwise hard moment.
Draw a picture. Sing a song. Say something.
Have your true self known.
When you are at your most authentic, others will be, too.
When you believe in something, speak up.
When someone is being taken advantage of, advocate.
Giants come in all sizes.
Big and small,
We should all, in our own ways, be
It’s time to start Tickling Giants in your own life. Find creative, non-violent ways to express yourself when you see an abuse of power. From protesting a world leader to standing up to a bully in a school cafeteria. Encourage others to do the same, by sharing your experiences with the hashtag #TicklingGiants
Bassem Youssef on Samantha Bee
What is the story?
Mr. Trump mischaracterized the London mayor’s remarks. Mr. Khan did not describe terrorism as “part of living in a big city,” as if bombings and shootings were an inescapable fact of life. He said that terrorism preparedness, including providing sufficient support to the police, was “part and parcel of living in a great global city.
“That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities; it means the security services being ready, but it also means exchanging ideas and best practice,” Mr. Khan said in a video interview published by The Evening Standard, another British paper. For the record, Mr. Khan did say the victims of the Chelsea bombing were in his “thoughts and prayers.”
Creative exploration for information
Centre for Creative Conversation
Creative exploration for opportunities
Centre for Literature
NPR Morning Edition
The role of media in politics
Kenny Speech on USA
The contrast between the domestic and international media treatment of Enda Kenny’s St Patrick’s Day speech in Washington should provoke some analysis about the way politics is routinely covered in this country.
It was only the international acclaim for the Taoiseach’s speech from such highly regarded liberal voices as the New York Times and historian Simon Schama that prompted a reassessment by the Irish media about what had happened in Washington.
If Channel Four news and the New York Times had not generated a wave of positive coverage across the globe, the accepted narrative at home would have remained one of a supine Irish leader tugging the forelock to president Donald Trump.
On any objective analysis, the Taoiseach deserved some plaudits for the skilful way he stated important principles about immigration while remaining within the bounds of diplomatic courtesy. The speech had impact where it counted, in Washington, precisely because he hit all the right buttons.
Crucially the speech was made in the Capitol. Congress has the decisive voice in immigration reform and it is there rather than in the White House that the fate of the undocumented will be decided
Kenny’s supporters believe the latest episode is all of a piece with the routinely negative coverage he has received from much of the Irish media for virtually his entire tenure as Fine Gael leader.
A more fundamental problem may be that significant elements of the media present politics through a distorting lens that assumes the Government of the day is always acting from the basest possible motives.
Thus the efforts of mainstream politicians to wrestle with the complex problems facing Irish society are frequently misrepresented and their motives called into question when they make choices that provoke opposition from any quarter.
Creating our government systems
One year after Canada embraced Syrian refugees like no other country, a reckoning was underway.
Ordinary Canadians had essentially adopted thousands of Syrian families, donating a year of their time and money to guide them into new lives just as many other countries shunned them. Some citizens already considered the project a humanitarian triumph; others believed the Syrians would end up isolated and adrift, stuck on welfare or worse. As 2016 turned to 2017 and the yearlong commitments began to expire, the question of how the newcomers would fare acquired a national nickname: Month 13, when the Syrians would try to stand on their own.
As Canada is being looked at as a safe refuge by many we must ask ourselves how prepared we are to deal with that responsibility and he challenges it brings. Mary Vingoe’s Refuge encourages us to ask those questions and to confront our personal fears about safety and security while encouraging our government to ensure its choices lead to a better integration and understanding of those seeking to be re-settled in our country.
Donna Spencer, Director
from the program
About Habtom Kibreab
Halifax Refugee Clinic
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Canada has been profoundly shaped by immigration. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 aims to inspire and enable Canadians to explore their relationships with those migrations. We envision opening that conversation on a national scale.
As part of this conversation, we are eager to hear from anyone with a story related to Canadian immigration. Personal experiences of immigration are an important learning resource—you can help the Museum grow by sharing yours. We invite you to share your immigration story.
The Museum is also evolving its onsite and online programming and creating new ways to share the stories of immigration. In the next few months you will begin seeing many changes. We invite you to visit the Museum and revisit our website to experience these exciting new initiatives and more.
Be part of the Museum’s future—help shape this site of public memory and contribute to our national conversation by participating in the building of our national collection.
How does your story shape Canada?
One in five Canadians can chase their roots to Pier 21. Although no longer an immigration gateway we want to be a personal touch point for all Canadians, – a place where new stories can be told and shared because every day someone chooses Canada.
The experience within these walls is unforgettable, – something that changes you, – that shifts your perspective of the world, – the world that shapes us, – from art to science, education to sport, – we are shaped by all the world has to offer, – and it is easy to see why. It is about our story.
As Canada’s newest national museum our story continues to unfold with the reimagination of our interior and our historical exhibits
Why construction of B.C.’s Site C dam should be scrapped
Warren Bell and Amy Lubik
The Globe and Mail, 2016.03.27
According to a large group of concerned Canadian scientists, “The Joint Review Panel stated explicitly … that it did not have sufficient time or resources to properly assess certain key issues, including the costs of the Site C project and greenhouse gas emissions, and thus recommended that the project be referred to the B.C. Utilities Commission, which has not occurred.”
This megaproject will displace First Nations who have lived in the Peace River Valley for thousands of years. A joint federal-provincial environmental impact assessment concluded it would “severely undermine use of the land, make fishing unsafe for at least a generation, and submerge burial grounds and other crucial cultural and historical sites.” Amnesty International currently has a petition online signed by 65,000 Canadians asking for a halt to Site C because it is grossly unfair to Canada’s First Nations.
Further, continuing with this project would bring international embarrassment by decimating Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park, named to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1983 because of its natural majesty and significance for endangered species.
As farmers also fight to keep their homes and livelihoods, approximately 12 per cent of B.C. households are experiencing food insecurity, putting children and adults at risk for malnutrition, chronic disease and depression. At the same time, due to climate change, the areas we most depend on for food are experiencing prolonged droughts. It makes very little sense then to flood farmland that could potentially feed one quarter of B.C.’s population with healthy produce.
The Liberal government argues that we will need the energy from Site C as demands increase, but B.C.’s energy use has been flat for years, and experts involved with the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association and the Sierra Club argue that B.C. Hydro can meet additional need by increasing energy efficiencies within the system. Further, if the increased demand for energy does materialize, the Sustainable Energy Association estimates that clean technologies, such as wind, solar and geothermal, could cover the demand, while creating more long- and short term-jobs.
Dr. Warren Bell is a past founding president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and founding president of Wetland Alliance: The Ecological Response. Dr. Amy Lubik is a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.
Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada
As part of Canada’s system of national parks and national historic sites, Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada is our country’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in 1922 to protect the last remaining herds of bison in northern Canada. Today, it protects an outstanding and representative example of Canada’s Northern Boreal Plains.
Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation
Applying complexity science to real world problems
Art for Social Change
The Walled Off Hotel
Bob Baker Creative Connections Livestreams
Hot Docs Cinema
Under the management of Hot Docs, the Bloor Cinema offers a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series.
The RBC Foundation was our first national supporter when we launched Spur. Thanks to their generosity, 100 diverse young leaders under 30 participate every year in Spur festivals across the country. By the end of 2017, Spur will have welcomed over 400 RBC Emerging Scholars and Artists to our national conversation. Some of them have even gone on to work for us in the various Spur cities!
Competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership
The total complex of relations between people in society
Film in Vancouver
Film and Education partnership
Vancouver Mount Pleasant Community BIA
Create Vancouver Society Mount Pleasant
Site C Questions
Creative British Columbia
Eco Design for Cities and Suburbs
Ecodesign thinking is relevant to anyone who has a part in shaping or influencing the future of cities and suburbs – designers, public officials, and politicians.