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Homeless camps like this one in downtown Nanaimo, B.C., photographed in 2018 can be seen all over North America. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

The aging face of homelessness in North American cities

The number of seniors experiencing homelessness in Vancouver has increased in recent years, according to the city’s Homeless Count.
Honey can carry clues about where pollutants come from. (Shutterstock)

How clean is your city? Just ask the bees

Urban pollutants are a health concern in growing cities. Scientists are turning to honey bees to help monitor contaminants in soil, water, air and plants.
Architects see buildings as a possible solution to the climate crisis. NNECAPA Photo Library/flickr

Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency

Buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. Efforts to reduce emissions should no longer be voluntary.
Traffic crosses over the Lions Gate Bridge from North Vancouver into Vancouver, B.C., in July 2015. Canada is increasingly becoming a suburban nation, with more people living in car-dependent suburbs.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadians increasingly live in the auto-dependent suburbs

It's easy to over-estimate crowding and traffic in highly visible downtown cores and underestimate the vast growth happening in the suburban edges of our metropolitan regions.
Vancouver has scaled up delivery of affordable social housing to about 15 times as much as Melbourne over the past three years. Shutterstock

Ten lessons from cities that have risen to the affordable housing challenge

Cities overseas that have been able to overcome the affordable housing challenges facing cities like Melbourne have adopted a coordinated and systemic approach to scaling up solutions that work.
Innovative queer pop-ups challenge arguments about the death and demise of queer spaces in the city. Here an image from 2069 Sci-fi Kiki Vogue Ball of the Future presented in collaboration with Ricecake, Vancouver. John Bello/Facebook

Queer pop-ups take us beyond the gaybourhood

Rapacious gentrification in Vancouver is part of the story and struggle for queer residents but queer pop-ups offer some respite.
Calgary beat out Vancouver on this year’s most livable city index issued by the Economist magazine. Flickr

Canada’s most livable city is not Vancouver…it’s Calgary

Vancouver lost out to Calgary as Canada's most livable city this year. Why? Is it the high cost of housing or is it the city's 'neighbourhood first' method that sometimes creates business instability?
Millennials dream of home ownership. In expensive cities like Toronto and Vancouver, they’re saving up to buy homes by living with their parents or taking on tenants once they save up enough to buy. (Shutterstock)

Canada’s millennials still dream of home ownership – and make it happen

Canada's millennials want to own homes in the country's most expensive cities, Toronto and Vancouver. Here's how they're managing to do so, but is it sustainable?
A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property. Canada’s newly announced housing strategy contains scant measures to help first-time buyers in pricey markets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

No help for would-be homeowners in Canada’s new housing strategy

Canada's National Housing Strategy leaves a large segment of the population that must find a way to afford housing in the private market. More initiatives are needed to help first-time home buyers.
An intricate crop circle spans a diameter of more than 45 metres in a barley field close to Barbury Castle near Wroughton, England, about 130 kilometres west of London, in 2008. The circle is noteworthy for its complexity, representing the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant pi, or 3.141592654. Lucy Pringle

Crop circles blur science, paranormal in X-Files culture

Crop circles are global phenomena gaining attention as paranormal culture becomes mainstream, along with a hybrid approach that emulates scientific investigation.
The city of Vancouver is set among a beautiful background, but the scenic wonder masks other problems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver’s urban conundrum: Let’s design better cities

Vancouver may be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but the president of Emily Carr University says the city could benefit from the discipline of design.
Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder, Janaya Khan, says racism in Canada is on the rise. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Dear white people, wake up: Canada is racist

Canadians have a deep investment in their country as a "colour-blind society." Actually, racism is everywhere, just hidden behind a polite veneer.
A medical cannabis grower. Shivanshu Pandev/flickr

Study: cannabis may reduce crack use

Scientists have never found a medicine to help crack users who want to decrease their consumption. Canadian researchers think cannabis might be the answer.
Melbourne has been voted the world’s most liveable city: but for who? flickr/glennnn

Liveability prizes are nice but we have to … er … live here

City leaders and media across the world have been celebrating or commiserating over this week’s announcement of the annual “world’s most liveable city” rankings. Indeed, a resplendent Melbourne Lord Mayor…

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