Rethinking the Region

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Rethinking the Region is annual day-long event organized by the SFU Urban Studies Program since 2013. It provides an opportunity for urban-focused academics, urban professionals, elected officials and citizens to learn about and reflect on issues affecting Metro Vancouver.

Regionalism and Legitimacy: Keynote Presentation at Rethinking the Region IV Conference

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2016-04-30
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In this keynote address Zak Taylor, assistant professor in the Dept. of Political Science and Local Government Program at Western University in London, Ontario, reflects on the success of regional governance in the Lower Mainland and discusses that success in the context of the history and experience of regional governance in Portland, Oregon and Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Taylor defines regionalism as the idea that some problems can only be solved at the scale between the local and the sovereign. He also explains why regionalism struggles for legitimacy in competition with the concepts of localism and sovereignty. He argues that creating and sustaining legitimacy is the core problem of regional governance and suggests that the provincial government could and should take a stronger role in supporting regional-scale problem-solving and governance in Metro Vancouver.

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Rethinking the Region 2016: Region-forward Thinking - Program, Backgrounder and Discussion Guide

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Date created: 
2016-04
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The case studies in this discussion guide look at four cities that have different answers to the question of how we should govern our regions. The cities fall on a spectrum from decentralized governance, in which municipalities retain autonomy, to more centralized governance, in which municipalities consolidate to form one local government. The Greater Toronto Area, which is dominated by the City of Toronto and its 2.6 million residents, falls towards the centralized end of the spectrum, though the presence of the 4 million other residents of the GTA creates a unique situation. Stockholm, Vancouver, and Portland represent more decentralized approaches with varying degrees of central authority over certain issues and varying means of deciding who occupies the offices of central authorities.

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Rethinking the Region 2016: Region-forward Thinking - What Vision Gave Rise to our Regional Government System?

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Date created: 
2016-04
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A panel discussing the vision that gave rise to the regional government system in place in Metro Vancouver. Moderated by Paddy Smith, Professor of Urban Studies and Political Science at SFU with panelists Councillor Harold Steves, City of Richmond; Joy MacPhail, former MLA; Richard Hankin, former head of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.

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Video

Rethinking the Region 2016: Region-forward Thinking - Keynote on Regional Districts and Vancouver by Minister Peter Fassbender

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2016-04
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Peter Fassbender, British Columbia Minister of Community, Sport, Cultural Development speaks about regional districts in BC.

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Video

Rethinking the Region 2016: Region-forward Thinking - Keynote on Regionalism and Legitimacy

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Date created: 
2016-04
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Zack Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Western University and David Bragdon, Executive Director, TransitCenter give presentations on regional governance. Held at the Anvil Centre, New Westminster, April 30, 2016.

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Video

Rethinking the Region 2016: Region-forward Thinking - Working within Our Regional System Panel

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Date created: 
2016-04
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A two person panel on local leaders' perspectives on working within the Metro Vancouver regional system, with New Westminster mayor Jonathan Cote and Langley Township mayor Jack Froese.

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Video

Rethinking the Region 2015: HOUSE: Rethinking the Affordability Crisis - Event Program and Backgrounder

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2015-05
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There is little doubt that housing affordability in Vancouver is in crisis. Recent plans policy documents from the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver have not hesitated to use the term, and governments,scholars and the private sector are devoting considerable attention to the question of housing. Simple answers, however, remain elusive. A housing crisis is really a series of individual crises. The challenges that individuals and families face in accessing affordable, accessible and appropriate housing are different, and overall statistics cannot adequately capture the diverse nature of the problem. Nonetheless, a broad understanding of the scale of the housing affordability crisis in Vancouver is essential as we embark upon a day of discussion and debate. This introduction provides a survey of evidence of a housing affordability crisis in our region, and some of the factors that are put forward to explain how it has arisen.

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Rethinking the Region 2015: HOUSE: Rethinking the Affordability Crisis - Keynote address by Ken Greenberg

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2015-05
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A presentation given by Ken Greenberg, principal of Ken Greenberg Consultants (an architecture and urban design firm based in Toronto) that discusses the importance of mixed income housing using Regent Park neighbourhood in Toronto as an example. Includes question and answer session at the end.

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Video
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Video - Regent Park: Looking to the Future - Ken Greenberg

Rethinking the Region 2014 - Summary Report

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Date created: 
2014-03
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A detailed summary report of the findings of the 2014 Rethinking the Region workshop. 

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Report
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Rethinking the Region 2014 - Backgrounder

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Date created: 
2014-03
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