Canada Cities

Canada's Cities Lead the Way on Climate Action

David Suzuki | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Amid the dire warnings about global warming's impacts, what's often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it's not surprising that tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada's cities. Local progress can spur even greater momentum as cities collaborate with each other and other levels of government.

This One City Dominates Housing Construction In Canada

BuzzBuzzHome | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Business

BuzzBuzzHome: At the end of Q2-2014, there were 213,683 homes being built across Canada’s 10 busiest new residential construction markets. Natura...

Want to Live Longer? Move to a City

Jon Packer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

As warmer spring weather finally arrives, many of us long for the great outdoors with walks, bike rides and the Holy Grail -- cottage getaways. The notion is that if we could only spend more time out of the city, we'd be both happier and healthier. The reality though is somewhat different.

We Should Let Nature Thrive in Cities

Dan Kraus | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Cities rely on nature for their very well-being. Nature in cities reduces energy bills, cleans the air and protects us from floods. There is a growing body of evidence that nature makes us better people and builds better communities.

Why We Must Build Resilience Into Canadian Cities

Matthew Kellway | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Matthew Kellway

Tom Mulcair came to Toronto's City Hall last month and delivered this simple message: urban issues have to be a federal priority. And, he promised that the NDP would make them so. The occasion for Tom's visit was my urban summit, "Re-Imagining Our Cities II: The Resilient City."

Canada's Cities Are Growing, So Infrastructure Must Grow Too

David Suzuki | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Despite being a vast land of mountains, forests and ice, Canada is an urban nation. Over 80 per cent of us live in large centres like Montreal, Toronto and Calgary, as well as rapidly growing communities like Regina, Surrey and Markham. This increasing concentration of people in cities is consistent with rapid urbanization over the whole planet.

How Canadian Cities Lead the Way To A Sustainable Future

David R. Miller | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

When I review the list of action by municipalities here in Canada and around the world -- some innovative and creative, some simply based on practical common sense -- it reminds me that we are not helpless bystanders, watching climate change unfold. The future is ours to make.

Fighting For the Right to Party All night

Will Straw, PhD | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
Will Straw, PhD

The question of how cities regulate night-time behaviour is a very old one, but it has emerged as the focus of innovative thinking in the last two decades. The conflict between a growing market of young people demanding late-night entertainment and gentrified homeowners complaining about noise is being handled in various ways across the country.

There's Nothing Impoverished About B.C. Cities' Budgets

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Don't hold your breath hoping mayors and councillors will come home from this month's Union of B.C. Municipalities conference with a stack of cost-saving ideas and strategies. In 2011, cities in B.C. combined to bring in $7.87 billion in revenue. Regional districts added another $1.6 billion. Throw in TransLink and its $1.3 billion and you have a combined annual budget of $10.77 billion to run everything from Abbotsford to Zeballos. To put that into perspective, if local government were a provincial government ministry, it would be bigger than anything except health, and more than double the size of education.

Metropolitan Must Sees: 10 Big Cities That Can't be Missed

Brian Simpson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Travel
Brian Simpson

The summer break may be officially over, but that doesn't mean you can't still get away for a few days. These big cities are all located within North America, making them easy to get to, and jam-packed with enough activities to make the most of your tight time frame!

Canadian Cities Take Over Cultural Policy

Will Straw, PhD | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada
Will Straw, PhD

Ten years ago, I was one of the organizers of "Accounting for Culture," a conference held in Gatineau, Quebec to mark the 10th anniversary of the foun...

Jane's Walks... Dark Age Delayed?

Himy Syed | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada
Himy Syed

Dark Age Delayed ? This was a puzzling realization which haunted me after I completed leading the final of several Jane's Walks last year: Dark Age ...

Casinos Ruin Cities

Richard Florida | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada
Richard Florida

Toronto's business leaders like to think that they are helping to build a great global city, but casino building is city-ruining of the highest order. A downtown casino will tear holes in Toronto's urban fabric, create more costs than benefits, and send the message that Toronto is on the wrong track.

Canadian, U.S. Cities Sound Similar Notes On Infrastructure Funding

Shachi Kurl | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

The New American City being held this week in Kansas City, Mo. will draw business and local government leaders from more than 50 U.S. and Canadian cities. They'll be arguing the crumbling infrastructures whose refurbishment we may view at net drains on our wallets in fact hold value and the potential for economic boom if they are properly rebuilt and maintained.

Life Thrives, Even Between the Sidewalk Cracks

David Suzuki | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Have you ever thought about the grass that grows in sidewalk cracks? To survive these conditions is a testament to the plants' resilience. Within this complex urban ecosystem, species are constantly adapting. Yet, while some of our feathered friends and crevice-loving plants have been adapting, the speed and scale of urbanization in Canada has pushed many native species to the brink of extinction.

Mayor 'Hurricane Hazel': Canada Cities Facing Funding Crisis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Politics

SASKATOON - Canada's mayors say many cities are barely scraping by and need more money from the federal government for things such as roads, water and...

Getting Ripped Off?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The country's municipalities say they have made progress in dealing with problems of aging infrastructure and new responsibilities handed off...

Vancouver Bureaucracy More Convoluted Than the Subway Map

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Jordan Bateman

What was once a simple sewer, water and garbage disposal utility has become a bureaucratic, democratically-unaccountable spending machine. It's time to move the Metro Vancouver Regional District back to basics.

Newfoundland's Newfound Pride Outweighs that of Ontario

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

Tightly shared heritage, values, and pride can obviously drive a solid sense of alignment, and common identity in a community. And those types of cohesive civic societies can be dynamic, creative, and very powerful sources of leadership, and innovation for our world.

Walking with Jane Jacobs

Himy Syed | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada
Himy Syed

The first weekend in May has quickly become known as Jane's Walk weekend in cities the world over -- named for Jane Jacobs, the late author, activist and urban theorist who died in Toronto in 2006.

Towards More Resilient Cities

Ron Dembo | Posted 10.16.2011 | Canada
Ron Dembo

There is no doubt the word "smart" is overplayed and devalued. A good example is smart meters for measuring home electricity. A smart meter is only ...

Lighting Brighter: 6 Effect of Smart Sustainable Lighting

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

Walk into a hardware store these days and you'll find more varieties of light bulbs than ever before. Some may look a bit strange and cost a bit more...