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Canadian Urban Institute
What's working, what's not and what's next for Canada's cities. Presented by noted urbanist Mary Rowe, president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.
Nov 22, 2023
Art For Our Cities' Sake: A Conversation with Patti Pon
For a final preview of the leading voices and topics on the agenda at the upcoming State of Canada's Cities Summit on November 30th, host Mary Rowe chats with Patti Pon, president and CEO of Calgary Arts Development about how arts & culture are increasingly vital tools for city building. Read more about Patti's work here.
Oct 18, 2023
Fragile Neighborhoods: A Conversation with Seth Kaplan
An urban neighbourhood can be many things to its residents beyond a shared place to live. It can be where to find and/or offer support to community members; join others in working for better public services and resources; and where residents can lead flourishing lives. However, it can also be a fragile place. For this episode, host Mary Rowe welcomes noted academic and author Seth Kaplan (Johns Hopkins U.) to CityTalk Canada to explore the findings in his latest book, Fragile Neighborhoods: Repairing American Society, One Zip Code at a Time and how they apply to communities in Canada and elsewhere. Get more information about Dr. Kaplan and his book at sethkaplan.org.
Sep 21, 2023
The Economy of Place: A Conversation with Zita Cobb
In the first in a special series leading up to the Canadian Urban Institute's upcoming 'At the Crossroads' conference, CityTalk host Mary Rowe resumes her ongoing conversation with Zita Cobb, co-founder of Shorefast (Fogo Island, Nfld&Lab) on the growing importance and value of nurturing local economies to serve and sustain everyone in the community, urban or rural.
Jul 19, 2023
Affordable housing for everyone: a conversation with Romy Bowers, CMHC
Ours is a rapidly urbanizing world, with the latest UN projections at 70 percent of 9 billion people living in cities by 2050. Underlying that challenging future, neck-and-neck with the climate crisis, is the perpetual issue of accessible and affordable housing for every citizen. In Canada, top-level conversation about housing starts at the desk of Romy Bowers, president and CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Host Mary Rowe talks to Ms.Bowers about how CMHC is adapting, collaborating and innovating to meet that challenge for all Canadians. Find more conversations on housing at citytalkcanada.ca.
Jul 16, 2023
Healthcare and homelessness: a conversation with Dr. Andrew Bond
CityTalk: The Podcast is where the conversation is always focused on what's working, what's not and what's next for Canada's cities. It's brought to you by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). On this episode, the topics of conversation sits at the intersection of mental healthcare and homelessness, with that crossroads now found in the downtown core of communities across Canada and beyond. Host and CUI president Mary Rowe takes a deep dive into this complex topic with Dr. Andrew Bond, Medical Director of Inner-City Health Associates in Toronto and national co-chair of the Canadian Network for the Health and Housing of People Experiencing Homelessness. Find more details at citytalkcanada.ca.
Jul 10, 2023
The Case for Conversions
CityTalk: The Podcast explores what's working, what's not and what's next for Canada's cities... and brought to you by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). In the evolving post-pandemic economy, topping every city's 'what's next' list is a strategy to revitalize downtown by converting half-empty or vacant office space into multi-use buildings that can include housing. CUI has been researching the challenges and possibilites across Canada, and recently released a comprehensive report and 'toolkit' to support those strategies. In this episode. host Mary Rowe introduces the key findings of The Case for Conversions report, and discussed it with its participants and reviewers, including Steven Paynter (Gensler Architecture, Calgary, AB); Joe Nickerson (Sidewalk Real Estate, Halifax, NS); Melissa Román Burch (EDC, NYC); and Tracey Hadden Loh (Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C). The report is available for free download at the CUI website. Get more details on the podcast at citytalkcanada.ca.
Jul 10, 2023
The COVID Dividend Pt.2
CityTalk:The Podcast explores what's working, what's not and what's next for Canada's cities, and is a production of the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). In part two of The COVID Dividend, host Mary Rowe is joined by leading urbanists from across the globe to discuss what was learned during the pandemic about making better shared places and smarter decisions. Participants include Dorian Moore (Archive Design Studio, Windsor, ON); Åsa Kachan (Halifax Public Libraries, Halifax, NS); Jennifer Angel (Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto, ON); Dan Hill (Melbourne University, Melbourne, AS) and Rosanne Haggerty (Community Solutions, NYC). Find more details at citytalkcanada.ca.
Jul 10, 2023
The COVID Dividend Pt.1
Welcome to a fresh look at our urban future, brought to you by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). CityTalk:The Podcast explores what's working, what's not and what's next for Canada's cities. Hosted by CUI president and 'lead talker' Mary Rowe, this program series begins with two episodes devoted to The COVID Dividend i.e. the core learning gleaned by civic officials, urban planners, community organizations and other key stakeholders during the pandemic; these takeaways offer an essential primer on the best steps forward in addressing the challenges shared by cities across Canada and beyond. Joining Mary are Kate Graham (Colliers, London, ON), Alicia John-Baptiste (SPUR, San Francisco); Peter Sloly (CUI Fellow, Ottawa); Graham Singh (Trinity Foundation, Montreal) and Bruce Katz (Drexel University, Washington, D.C.). Find more details at citytalkcanada.ca.