City Builder Series: The Citizen

July 28, 2020 in City Builder Series, Community

Citizens across Canada share their stories about why, and how, they are involved in their communities. These folks are active in a variety of ways, from making masks for neighbours during COVID, to starting a market to connect the community, and banding together to fight for housing as a human right. To be an active citizen, no action is too small.

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Guests

Towards an Equitable Recovery

June 22, 2020 in Community, Justice

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the deep cracks in our systems. Experts are concerned that food insecurity in Canada may double from the pre-pandemic numbers. Long-term care facilities—which have been brutally hit by COVID– are underfunded and under-staffed. And the virus is disproportionately impacting communities of colour. However, without the collection of race-based data, it’s hard to truly determine this impact.

But as our systems crumble and shift, there is opportunity to recover stronger than ever, with a much-needed societal focus on equity and social justice. 

John chats with Zahra Ebrahim, who has placed equity at the core of their work for years and is recently working towards an equitable recovery from COVID-19. 

Resources

COVID Reflections

May 11, 2020 in Community, Health

It is safe to say that it’s been a wild few months. 

And now, after two months of strict social distancing here in Canada, many provinces are starting to reopen their communities and economies. It has a lot of us thinking about how COVID will impact society and cities in the long-term. 

How might our collective values adapt to this new reality? 

How will our food systems change? 

Will transit, retail and nightlife be able to recover? 

How will global supply chains adapt? 

 There are endless questions, and not many answers. But we wanted to hear from past and future guests about their thoughts on how COVID will impact our communities. 

In this episode, you’ll hear from: