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A home for everyone in BC: new UBCM report

The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) has released a new housing strategy that calls upon all levels of government to diversify supply, manage demand, and prevent ...

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New Urban Allies Forging Partnerships in Mid-sized Cities

Twenty-first century city building is becoming increasingly complex. Municipal leaders are asking how to create community prosperity, while constrained by a fiscal arrangement that is ...

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Bringing the Peaches back to Main Street

“Meet me at the market” is an often-heard saying in the Town of Grimsby, Ontario, each year from late spring to early fall. The downtown ...

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Car-sharing: convenient, environmentally friendly or financially smart?

A recent report conducted by Vancity contacted over 4,000 B.C. residents to find out why they are using car-sharing services. A whopping 95 percent stated ...

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Amazon announces top 20 HQ2 candidates

Amazon recently reviewed 238 proposals from communities across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico all hoping to be the new home of Amazon HQ2. Today, Amazon ...

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Pricing & improving municipal water/wastewater services

Municipal water and wastewater services are complex systems that vitally impact a community's health, environment, and economy. A new report from Canada's Ecofiscal Commission identifies how ...

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Innovation and leadership in Canada's mid-sized cities

When we talk about city-building, it tends to be the large, global cities, like Toronto, New York, Paris, and Tokyo that dominate the conversation. These ...

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Short-term rentals - the big picture (Part 3)

At the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference in San Antonio, consultant Ulrik Binzer gave a presentation on the challenges around short-term rentals. Part 1 ...

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Canada 150 & the truth in our history

What is history? When did it start? How old does something have to be, to be historic? Whose stories do we tell and commemorate? These, ...

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