News and Events

Topic: ‘Research’


 
Monday, October 21st, 2013

CEU Welcomes Guest Researcher from France

Cities & Environment Unit is pleased to welcome guest researcher Clément Marinos to our offices. Clément’s project in Halifax, as a French Ph.D student in regional development, is to compare two regions that have common characteristics: Nova Scotia and Brittany in France. These similarities refer to distance from major metropolises, Celtic cultural heritage, proximity to the ocean (including industries linked to the Atlantic Ocean, harbors and general maritime profile) and some remoteness. His research in Nova Scotia focuses on the following main points: uses and scales of a company’s networks (structured or not); the degree to which entrepreneurs are embedded in middle-sized cities; the impact for companies of remoteness from the largest North America cites; and the relationship between Halifax and other cities in terms of economic cooperation.

Clément will be interviewing owners of innovative local businesses and representatives from business development organizations until the end of November 2013. You can contact Clément through the Cities & Environment Unit.

 
Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Municipalities for Green Mobility Project Update

In 2009, the TRAX Project of the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and the Cities & Environment Unit (CEU) are spearheading Municipalities for Green Mobility, a project in which EAC and CEU have partnered with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Windsor and the Town of Annapolis Royal. The specific goal of this project is to help these municipalities include sustainable transportation best practices in their Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs). By 2010, all municipalities in Canada must complete an ICSP to be eligible for funds from the federal gas tax pot. The ICSP process requires municipalities to create a 30-year community vision that addresses environmental, social, cultural and economic issues and to identify specific actions that achieve this vision. Therefore, ICSPs provide municipalities with an opportunity to advance sustainable transportation within a long-term planning framework.

The gas tax funds can be used for infrastructure projects, such as public transit, walking trails and drinking water treatment, that meet the federal government criteria of clean air, clean water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

For each of our three partner municipalities, EAC and CEU facilitated public workshops to involve local residents in defining sustainable transportation goals for their areas.  Based on these workshops and our own research, EAC and CEU developed a Green Mobility report for each municipality, including recommendations to council. We presented the following reports and our recommendations to the respective municipal councils.

Annapolis Royal

Windsor

District of Lunenburg

Stay tuned for the Municipalities for Green Mobility Toolkit, which will incorporate the lessons learned from our work with Annapolis Royal, Windsor and District of Lunenburg. This toolkit will inspire people to take action and inform planning and decision-making on sustainable transportation. It will be developed for use by all municipalities in Nova Scotia.

 
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Transforming Halifax: Connecting Immigrants with Planning Policy and Urban Design Learning Exchanges underway

Cities & Environment Unit has begun work on Transforming Halifax: Connecting Immigrants with Planning Policy and Urban Design, an Atlantic Metropolis Centre-sponsored research project.

The overall goal of the project is to understand how newcomers to Halifax can be better engaged in local planning processes, and what positive impacts this involvement could have on Halifax’s neighbourhoods.

After a review of case studies on immigrant engagement in other cities around the world, we are now moving into the next phase of our research: the Learning Exchanges. In each of these sessions, participants (6 per session) will learn about planning in the Canadian context and how to get involved. Participants will be asked to share their experiences of living in Halifax as a newcomer. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of how immigrants might shape the future of their neighbourhoods to better meet the needs of a diverse population.

We will be running two learning exchanges in each of the following areas in Halifax throughout the summer and fall, 2009:

Clayton Park/Fairview
Dates & times: 1) July 9, 2-4pm    2) July 23, 2-4pm
Location: YMCA, Fairview

South/West End
Dates & times: 1) July 16, 2-4pm    2) July 30, 2-4pm
Location: Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

North End
Dates & times: 1) August 4, 6-8pm    2) August 18, 6-8pm
Location: Halifax North Public Library

Bedford
Dates & times: 1) August 6, 6-8pm    2) August 20, 6-8pm
Location: Bedford Public Library

*The Downtown Dartmouth Learning Exchange will be rescheduled*

The following Learning Exchanges will be scheduled for the fall, 2009:

Downtown Dartmouth
Date & location TBA

Downtown Halifax
Date & location TBA

Spryfield
Date & location TBA

After the sessions are complete, we will be compiling a report and manual to submit to HRM to help the municipality ensure public engagement strategies are inclusive. We will also be displaying results of the research at a public exhibition at Pier 21.

To get involved or for more information about the project, please send an email to ceu@dal.ca, or call us at: 494-3926.

 
Monday, September 1st, 2008

CEU completes Metropolis study on immigration in HRM

Cities & Environment Unit has recently completed a study titled Meeting Immigrant Housing Needs: Connecting Planning Policy and Urban Design. The project was made possible by a grant from the Atlantic Metropolis Centre. Click here to read the report.