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Services like surgery and obstetrics are being packed up and moved wholesale to urban centres, forcing rural patients to travel long distances to access care. You might think that urban hospitals are the winners in this equation. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
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.
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."
This trend towards urbanization raises a number of challenges. As a development practitioner, I find myself agreeing with Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies, who suggests that most development professionals are trained in rural development and rural livelihoods.
Early Monday morning I received a phone call from an urban hen owner and contributing member of CLUCK Canada (Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub). She had just been served by Calgary bylaw for possession of livestock, her three hens (no roosters), and was ordered to remove her hens. She was fearful for her pets.
Canadians, want to get dirty while getting clean? Apparently, it's time to head to Quebec. According to results from an Ipsos Reid survey by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), 53 per...