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Spacing Saturday: Green Roofs, Greenbelts and Whistler

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Spacing Saturday highlights posts from across Spacing’s blog network in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and the Atlantic region.

Whistler Village from the Mountain

Are the governing Conservatives trying to dig up age old conceptions of the urban-rural divide in a divide and conquer campaign for Quebec votes? Alanah Heffez speculates about what such politicking says about our government.

Every city has a mythology surrounding its founding father(s), but what about the founding mothers? Alanah Heffez responds to Mayor Tremblay’s recent designation of Jeanne Mance as a co-founder of Montreal. Heffez looks into the history books to tell the remarkable story of Mance and the role she played in the city’s early days.

Clive Doucet took a break from the slopes during a recent trip to Whistler to speak with the Mayor of Canada’s largest resort city. In doing so he was able to learn about some of Whistler’s unique planning approaches which have made the city both walkable and attempted to protect housing affordability.

Eric Darwin uses revealing stains, sprayed from passing cars, on fresh winter snow to illustrate a point of dismay about the way sidewalks are built in Ottawa. While one good piece of sidewalk, with proper drainage and comfort is shown, it is about to be demolished as part of road expansion.

Hugh Pouliot takes a looks at the submission of Dalhousie planning student Kourosh Rad which was the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Excellence & Innovation in Planning.

Also from the Imagine Conference at Dalhousie University, Natascia Lypny takes a look at a proposal for a greenbelt in Halifax. Based on a presentation by Jen Powley the post looks at how a greenbelt would fit with long range planning objectives and what it would look like.

As Toronto continues to work through the implementation of its ambitious green roofs bylaw Jessica Lemieux takes a look at some of the recent history of Green Roofs in the city. She also looks at some of the players involved in their design and reflects on their social benefit.

With the new dynamic at Toronto City Hall becoming more clear, John Lorinc takes a look at a group of six independent councilors whose swing voting could hold the balance of power if they only realized it.

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