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Outside the box: Reclaiming our streets as places to live, not just drive

The Ottawa Citizen | Mar 12, 2015

by: Avi Freidman

Are asphalt roads and sidewalks in neighbourhoods really needed? Of course they are, you might say. Otherwise, where else will people walk and how will drivers reach their garages? But let’s look at the wisdom of having roads and sidewalks in their current form.

As we rethink our future neighbourhoods and fix existing ones, we may want to take a hard look at our streets and reclaim them. After all, it is we who pay for their costly construction and neverending upkeep.

Published: 22Mar2015

Dialogues pour un Canada vert

La Presse | le 17 mars 2015

par: Catherine Potvin

Le Secrétaire des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a mis les pays du monde au défi d'augmenter l'ambition de leurs politiques climatiques afin de limiter le réchauffement de la Terre. Il vise à susciter des engagements significatifs à la Conférence Paris-Climat 2015, afin d'en faire un tournant dans l'histoire des négociations internationales sur les changements climatiques.

Published: 22Mar2015

Complete shift to renewable energy within Canada’s reach, academics say

The Globe and Mail | March 18, 2015

by: IVAN SEMENIUK AND SHAWN MCCARTHY

Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, says a group of Canadian academics that is aiming to spur government action on climate change.

To get there, they recommend a national carbon-pricing plan, and greater effort to move electricity produced from low-carbon sources such as hydro dams across provincial borders.

Published: 22Mar2015

Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Case Competition Promotes Cross-Faculty Collaboration

On January 16-17, 2015, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), jointly a workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry.

Published: 16Mar2015

The Food Babe Decoded

Vani Hari, who goes by the alias “The Food Babe” has become a real social phenomenon. She blogs, appears on TV and has just come out with a book that quickly made it to the New York Times best seller list. She has lots of followers and lots of critics, including myself. I don’t disagree with her goal of improving people’s eating habits. I just disagree with the methods used. Irrational fear-mongering is not the way to go. "There is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever," she says.

Published: 15Mar2015

Prof. David Covo named Profesor Honoris Causa by Ion Mincu University

Prof. David Covo was granted the title of Profesor Honoris Causa by Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM) in Bucharest, Romania, on March 6, 2015, for “his exemplary professional and teaching career, for his significant achievements that make him a real professional model internationally, as a sign of recognition for all these outstanding activities and our appreciation for his work and support given to our university” (Laudatio for architect David Mario Covo, delivered by Assoc. Prof.

Published: 13Mar2015

RAIC names Monica Adair recipient of 2015 Young Architect Award

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) announced that Monica Adair, who has become a leader in New Brunswick through design, education, and community service, is the recipient of its 2015 Young Architect Award. Ms. Adair, 37, is co-founder of Acre Architects in Saint John, NB.

Published: 10Mar2015

'Cities We Need' conference highlights importance of municipal autonomy

The McGill Tribune | Feb. 24, 2015

by: Philippe Dumais

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) opened its 20th annual two-day conference on Feb. 19, focusing on the challenges cities across Canada face.  Elected officials from cities across the country, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations gathered to discuss topics including governance, culture, infrastructure, citizenship, and social justice.

Published: 6Mar2015

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