CanU End of Year Wrap Up 2015!

Introductory editor’s note:

The Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU) is a national non-profit information and advocacy group incorporated in 2009. CanU membership includes many of Canada’s leading urban experts, from the fields of city planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, transportation, community development, and other related disciplines.  CanU recognizes the need for strong, successful cities, towns and communities that are economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable.  MTBA Sr. Conservation Architect & Urbanist Mark Thompson Brandt is a Member of CanU and attended the annual summit in October, held this year in Ottawa-Gatineau.

CanU’s Year in Review:

  •  CanU7 Canada’s Urban DNA held in Ottawa October 14-16th
    • “For the first time, the Summit partnered with the Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec (OUQ)! OUQ & CanU co-hosted the first day were they held a joint session at a decommissioned industrial building on the historic Domtar property in the Chaudière Islands. Delegates heard about the massive Zibi regeneration project which will bind Ottawa and Gatineau together through a continuous urban fabric featuring heritage and new buildings and a rich public realm. The experiences of Malmö (Sweden) were highlighted in the keynote of the day. The following days were held at the revamped Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building. Delegates got to see the strides made by Ottawa in rapid transit, urban design and public realm improvements. They were also treated to CanU’s first Young Urbanists Panel, our first National Media Panel, and the traditional Coast-to-Coast presentations. A National Urban Issues Panel identified issues common to Canadian cities that require the focus and attention of all levels of government and city-building stakeholders. CanU7 had the highest attendance on record for CanU summits and the highest sponsorship to date. Thank you to all who attended!”
      – Alain Miguelez CanU Board Member & Conference Host
  • CanU’s former Vice President Andy Fillmore is the new Liberal MP for Halifax! Congratulations Andy!
  • Had numerous presentations at CIP 2015 in Saskatoon & presented at the OAA conference in Hamilton ON.
  • Submitted written statements on the following issues:
  • Our new Committee for Young Urbanists group released an evaluation of the 2015 Canadian elections platforms: http://www.canadianurbanism.ca/2015-election/
  • CanU hired our first employee Jamie Unwin in the position of Executive Coordinator

CanU’s Plans for 2016:

  • Revitalize our website to make it more engaging and useful for our members and those wanting to learn more about urbanist professions.
  • Continue to advocate for sustainable urbanism across Canada.
  • Populate our existing committees with members from across Canada representing the span of urbanist professions.
  • Present at and engage with CIP 2016 in Quebec City & CNU 2016 in Detroite

Good News Stories for Canadian Urbanism in 2015

  • Reinstatement of the StatsCan Mandatory Long Form Census by the newly appointed Liberal government http://www.canadianurbanism.ca/reinstatment-statscan-mandatory-long-form-census/
  • Project Under the Gardiner: “This new initiative will reclaim more than 10 acres of forgotten space beneath the Gardiner Expressway… The vision includes a continuous multi-use trail, bridge over Fort York Boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists, a grand staircase at Strachan that will double as an urban theatre, and a series of flexible year round performance and programming spaces.” Have your insights heard at: http://undergardiner.com/

CanU is Currently Looking for Volunteers for the Following Committees

Please contact the committee chairs for more information

We look forward to continuing the dialogue on key issues of sustainable, liveable, authentic Canadian Urbanism with you through:
Twitter (@Canurbanism), LinkedIn, www.canu.ca, and through our email info@canu.ca.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season!

Sincerely,
The Council for Canadian Urbanism