Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada by Ann Dale, John T. Pierce

By Ann Dale, John T. Pierce

During this paintings, representatives from 3 teams offer specific discussions of key recommendations and ideas in sustainable group improvement in Canada. The participants comprise Chris Bryant, Jill Dickinson, Thom Meredith, Maureen Reed, Mark Roseland and Robert Woollard.

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Thus, many economists insist that global sustainability is achievable only through large increases in the consumption of goods and services in both poor and rich countries. The bad news, then, is that growth is seen as the only politically and economically viable means to alleviate poverty and inequity both within countries and between rich and poor countries. The good news is that many advocates of this approach have at last accepted the fact of limits to material growth. A consensus is emerging that the needed increase in consumption will be sustainable only if there is a corresponding reduction in the material and energy intensity of goods and services (see Pearce 1994).

We need every person's gifts. In Toronto, a group of homeless people were able to plan, help to build, and manage their own housing in a project called Street City. It is a small "town" comprised of seventy-two residents (half women, half men), complete with houses, streets, trees, and recreation areas, all built inside the vacant shell of a large Canada Post building that had skylights added to it spanning the length of the ceiling. The adaptive design for reuse of this vacant building won an award.

One of the keys to building community identity is to discover and celebrate the inherent and historic meanings of special places. Every city, town, and neighbourhood has them. Montreal has its famous Mount Royal, which identifies the city. Winnipeg has the Forks, a 100-acre parcel of land in the heart of the city where the Assiniboine River meets the Red River. The site was publicly reclaimed in 1989 from Canadian National Railways. The Forks is a special place imbued with natural beauty, symbolic meaning, and historic significance, being the birthplace of western Canada, the site of five forts, the location of a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, and the meeting place for Aboriginal people for over 6,000 years.

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