Canada Development

We Need To Change How We Define Success In Development

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Development is sensitive, political, difficult and often surprisingly controversial work, and the changes sought can be difficult to measure or quantify. Transformative agendas cannot be accomplished through an obsession with "bang for the buck" and the pressure to demonstrate numerical impact within short periods of time.

Women's Participation Makes For Peaceful And Inclusive Societies

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Women's organizations, governments and United Nations entities celebrated the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325. This landmark resolution stated that women's participation, security and protection were essential in the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. This resolution was much heralded at the time and was followed by seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security. However, civil society organizations have observed again and again that these strong words have not been translated into action.

Encouraging Attitudes That Cultivate Female Leadership

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Parents

She replied without hesitation: "Well, Daisy was a bit bossy, Ella was showing off and Alice was a bit moody." I responded along the lines of "Oh well, we need bossy people, otherwise nothing would ever get done." and changed the subject. But it got me thinking. How should have I responded?

Barriers to Home Building Can Stunt Canada's Economy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Although city planning is well-intentioned it can add costs and complications to residential development. These complications often culminate in months, or even years, of waiting for city hall's approval -- if these delays cause the supply of new homes to lag behind demand, new housing may become scarce, driving prices higher across the region by creating a perpetual seller's market.

This Pivotal Lawsuit Will Decide the Future of Yukon's Peel Watershed

Dianne Saxe | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Business
Dianne Saxe

Last week, the Yukon Court of Appeal heard arguments about the future of the massive Peel River watershed, and about the meaning and application of modern aboriginal treaties. Will this land be mostly protected from development, as the planning commission decided after extensive aboriginal consultation? Or will it mostly be used for resource extraction, as the Yukon government wants? So soon after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will First Nations interests again be sacrificed for the economic gain of others?

Former Officials Protest Proposed Lake Louise Developments

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Alberta

Several former Parks Canada officials want the federal government to put the brakes on proposed new development guidelines for a ski resort in one of Canada's best-loved parks.

Women's Health Is the Key to Economic Prosperity in the Philippines

Development Unplugged | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Millions of women in the Philippines could become the economic market that Canada wants and live freer, more prosperous lives if they were given access to healthcare with the autonomy to decide how many children to have, when to have them, and how to have them safely.

How Architecture Can Bring Communities Together

Toon Dreessen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Toon Dreessen

Communities are comprised of a diverse mix of people, functions, and uses. The built form that we give to communities helps to foster connections and communication: it becomes the stage for our culture.

Are Alberta Housing Experts being Narrow Minded? Don't Overlook a Rapid Rebound

Ben Myers | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
Ben Myers

There is no doubt that the energy markets are difficult to forecast, and declining oil prices in conjunction with the prospect of job losses are scary, but it appears many new home builders don't think the housing market will be down for long.

Africa Can Draw Lessons From California's Economic Turnaround

David Himbara | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Business
David Himbara

Five years ago California was pronounced a political and economic disaster. Fast-forward to January 2015. A resurgent California has overtaken Brazil as the world's seventh-largest economy. What insights can Africa and other developing countries draw from California's spectacular turnaround?

Kayla Mueller Is Free

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada
Glen Pearson

"We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it," said Ernesto Guevara. If indeed true, then Kayla Mueller would have spent her final hours in deep assurance and firmness of conviction.

Conservatives Must Be Accountable for International Development Budgets

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We should all be asking how the government plans to engage Canadians regarding the sustainable development goals, which will focus the global development agenda for the next 15 years, and what Canada's position is on these goals.

Canada's Approach to International Development Is Embarrassing

David Himbara | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Business
David Himbara

On close examination, however, it becomes evident that not only is Canada's approach to development assistance outdated, it is outright embarrassing and risks ruining Canada's international reputation. I often use the term "lost in transition" to describe aid that barely gets to its intended beneficiaries, a concept that is appropriate for Canada's case. Even when poorly conceived and executed aid gets to the recipient, it often does more harm than good.

How City Council Can Build the Toronto That We Want

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

There has never been a more critical and opportune time to take control of Toronto's development plans. Our city is in the middle of a development boom, yet we face a housing crisis. Despite this grim reality, there is still the opportunity to do better for our city. In fact, we are well-positioned to build a beautiful city that is vibrant, inclusive, and more mindful of the environment.

Build Great and Build Green in Alberta

Brad Lamb | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Brad Lamb

If you look at Calgary and Edmonton, their skylines full of construction cranes, developers must do more than 'aim for height'. As the old adage goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day". Developers must be creative and work closely with architects to foster the development of robust communities that reflect cohesive design, and feature functional buildings that people want to live in.

Creativity, Collaborative Economy and Building the Future: The End of Days?

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada
Nikolas Badminton

Every day I have really interesting conversations with creatives and technical folk about my decision to work with and how we connect p...

The Ebola Outbreak Proves the Need for Health Surveillance

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

The international community was slow to respond to the African ebola outbreak. One reason was a lack of early warning. It comes down to something population health scientists call "surveillance", a word that alarms the lay public, since it conjures images of Big Brother observing our intimate activities. Surveillance systems can be simple or complex. They always cost money. But if they help to identify an outbreak, and thus help to prevent an epidemic, then they save much more money. But poor governments are unlikely to invest in prevention systems when there are immediate health crises that need resources right now: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, maternal and reproductive health issues, etc.

Inside the Life of a Humanitarian Worker

Robert Neufeld | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

On World Humanitarian Day, take a look inside the lives of three humanitarian workers from World Vision Canada. You see humanitarian workers in the...

When Hashtag Humanitarianism Just Isn't Enough

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

#BringBackOurGirls was a massively popular way of protesting in part because it was so simple. Most major celebrities, politicians and even conservative political pundits participated. It was all an impressive display that sadly overlooked the real solutions to dilemmas like the Nigerian kidnappings.

Protecting the World's Children From Malaria

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Mosquito bites mean something different in many parts of the world. Working for an international aid and development agency, I've learned about the dangers of malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito. On World Malaria Day, I think about the millions of children who have no bug spray -- not ever.

In Syria, Millions Could Be Destroyed

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Consider what is happening in Syria even as we read these words. Aid agencies have become so desperate for help that they repeatedly call upon the affluent West to step up and assist the 9.3 million people living at risk, and the 3.5 million Syrians living under siege. Surely these people matter to us, right?

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.

Canada's Global Collaboration Revolution

Russell Williams | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
Russell Williams

Over the past few years, we have seen rapid change in health research with the adoption of faster and more powerful information technology being appli...

How Will Canada Help the Central African Republic Crisis?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The United Nations ranks the Central African Republic a level three emergency, among the top three humanitarian emergencies globally. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are concerned about the lack of awareness of this crisis. What can the government do to raise awareness of the crisis in the international community and at home in Canada?

Why Isn't Canada a Leader in International Development?

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

This week is International Development Week. This year's theme is "We are Making a Difference." Canada should be making a difference -- a real, sustainable difference. Unfortunately, under the Conservative government, we are going in the wrong direction.