Anthropology & Equity

June 18, 2018 in Politics

Today’s guest is Katrina Johnston Zimmerman, an advocate for equitable and women led cities. Through her observational methods as an urban anthropologist, Katrina is working to make cities more inclusive for everybody.

In this episode, Katrina and John talk about:

  • How Katrina understands cities through the lens of an urban anthropologist
  • Some shifts that have occurred in cities over time
  • The importance of advocating for women led cities
  • How cities can become more equitable

Resources

 

 

National Strategies for Cities

June 4, 2018 in Community, Politics

How we build our cities is always going to be intertwined with politics. This episode is the second of two episodes where John talks to urbanists who have become politicians.

In the last episode, John talked to Jyoti Gondek, a city councilor in Calgary, about what it’s like to be a urbanist turned politician at the municipal scale.

Today, John talks to Andy Fillmore, a Member of Parliament, about what it’s like to be an urbanist turned politician at the national scale.

 In this episode, Andy and John talk about:

  • Why urban planning is an important profession that is going to help save the world.
  • The National Housing Strategy: a 10 year, 40 billion dollar strategy that was announced by the Liberal government in late 2017.
  • Why investing in infrastructure is important (even though it is seen as an un-sexy topic).
  • How citizens can get involved in political decision making.

Resources
National Housing Strategy
Meet Andy Fillmore
Learn about the Halifax Central Library
Follow Andy on Twitter @AndyFillmoreHFX

 

Urban Politics

May 21, 2018 in Politics

How we build our cities is always going to be intertwined with politics. This episode is the first of two episodes where I talk to urbanists who have become politicians.

Today, I talk to Jyoti Gondek, a City Councillor in Calgary. Jyoti has her PhD in urban sociology. She was elected as the Ward 3 City Councillor during Calgary’s municipal election in the fall of 2017.

Resources
Reframing the debate over growth 
The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin
About Jyoti Gondek
Find Jyoti on Twitter: @JyotiGondek