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[29 Jun 2006 | Comments Off | ]
World Urban Forum 3 – The Wealth of Cities

The Wealth of Cities
HiMY SYeD is sending reports about the World Urban Forum to the Spacing Wire. Here is his third report.

A thousand people are squished in and outside of Ballroom C of the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. 15 minutes of polite negotiation through the crowd, yet I have barely weaved into the ballroom proper. UN-Habitat Award winner John Friedmann is delivering his special lecture as part of the first annual UN Human Settlements Lecture series:
‘The Wealth of Cities: Towards an Assets-Based Development of Urbanizing Regions’.
In John Friedmann’s worldview, the traditional divying up of …

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[23 Jun 2006 | Comments Off | ]
World Urban Forum 3 – Sustainable City or Sustainable Illusion?

HiMY SYeD is sending daily reports from the World Urban Forum to the Spacing Wire. Here is his second report.

7:43 am and it is standing room only at today’s first ’side event’ – ‘One small step for cities, one giant leap for the planet: Practical solutions for cities stepping towards a lighter footprint’
A quick headcount reveals one hundred people present plus media who’ve turned out to chill with ‘Dr. Doom’ otherwise known as ‘Dr. Content’. UBC Professor William Rees is founder of the Ecological Footprint approach. His powerpoint slides illustrate …

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[19 Jun 2006 | Comments Off | ]
World Urban Forum – Day One

It is the first day of the World Urban Forum. 6,000 people were expected. 8,000 registered. Even more are here.

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[13 Jun 2006 | Comments Off | ]
Crowning Downtown Toronto’s City Idol

By Ron Nurwisah (aka Boy Reporter), Torontoist
The last time a vote was this close the Supreme Court had to be called in. Last night’s Downtown and East York final for City Idol went to three ballots and a run-off before Desmond Cole (shown here in between Boy Reporter and fellow finalist Karen Sun) was picked by a raucous crowd at Lula Lounge to be downtown Toronto’s first City Idol.
Cole will be running in Ward 20 alongside former TV broadcaster Adam Vaughan and NDP nominee/Olivia Chow assistant …

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[9 Jun 2006 | Comments Off | ]
City Idol Coming Down to the Wire

By Ron Nurwisah, Torontoist
Come next Tuesday, Toronto will have its first four City Idol winners. Last weekend part-time Grad student and Ministry of the Environment employee Bahar Aminvaziri won the title of City Idol for North York. She’s declared that she’s running in crowded Ward 26, vacated by Mayoral candidate Jane Pitfield.
This Saturday, Scarberians will be picking their own City Idol. The event starts at 6:30pm at the Scarborough Civic Centre.
Monday sees the final for Downtown-East York. I’m one of the six finalists and ridiculously amazed …

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