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Spacing Radio is the voice of Spacing, Canada's leading publication on urbanism.

    Episode 048: Safety and wellbeing in Edmonton

    Episode 048: Safety and wellbeing in Edmonton

    In this episode, Natasha Henry, president of the Ontario Black History Society, tells us about the importance of August 1st: Canada's Emancipation Day.

    And Edmonton City Councillor Andrew Knack tells us about a motion to cut a planned police budget increase by $11 million, and the establishment of a community-led safety and wellbeing task force to address systemic racism and the future of policing.

    Finally, photographer Vik Pahwa tells us about Spacing's new book "Remnants of Mid-Century Toronto," and shows us how to appreciate a sometimes unloved architectural style.

    • 44 min
    The Future Fix: Safe Streets

    The Future Fix: Safe Streets

    For our second season, we wanted to begin with a challenge that faces many cities, large and small, that has been given a higher sense of urgency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That challenge is the need for safe streets and active transportation routes for pedestrians and cyclists. To create these spaces, you need to be able to communicate the problem, and pinpoint where an intervention can provide the most benefit. That's where data comes in.

    In this episode, Walk Toronto co-founder Sean Marshall tells us how the advocacy group used things like Google Maps to crowd-source sidewalks too narrow to social distance, and help influence policy.

    Shabnem Afzal, road safety manager for Surrey, British Columbia, overseas that city's Vision Zero program — a global effort to reduce the amount of road injury and death to zero. She explains how data was used to generate support for a safe streets program and to identify problem areas.

    And Halifax City Councillor Waye Mason tells us about that city's mobility response, and an interactive map that lets citizens identify spots where safe street interventions for walk, cycling, and social distancing are needed.

    • 28 min
    Episode 047: The problem with police

    Episode 047: The problem with police

    The world is taking a hard look at their police forces, the violence they use, the deaths that result, and the systemic and anti-Black racism that even people like Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders admits exists within the service.

    In this episode, we speak to Cheryl Thompson, assistant professor at Ryerson University's School of Creative Industries and frequent Spacing contributor, about the way Black people are portrayed in Canadian culture, and the need for more citizen control over police.

    Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson tells us about the repercussions politicians face when trying to make changes to the police service.

    And author, lawyer and legal team lead at the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), Nana Yanful, discusses the failed attempt at city council to cut the police budget, and what needs to happen next.

    • 58 min
    Episode 046: Toronto City Council is buffering

    Episode 046: Toronto City Council is buffering

    There have been two full, virtual City Council meetings since the COVID-19 outbreak in Toronto. Those meeting saw near-unanimous votes about building affordable and social housing, expanding the active transportation network across the city, and preparing for a post-lockdown Toronto.

    In this episode, we speak to city councillors Gord Perks (Parkdale-High Park) and Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre) about these crucial issues.

    And Spacing Senior Editor Todd Harrison brings us an audio exploration of what the city sounds like in a pandemic.

    • 57 min
    Episode 045: What matters in a pandemic

    Episode 045: What matters in a pandemic

    In a time of snitch lines, and shuttered park space, we dive into what we're prioritizing in this pandemic, and what, and especially who, is ignored.

    We talk to Spacing co-founder and Toronto Star columnist Shawn Micallef about what happens to the public realm, now we're in lockdown.

    Former Toronto Police Services Board Chair Alok Mukherjee, co-author of "Excessive Force: Toronto's fight to reform city policing," critiques the new, extraordinary policing measures we're seeing.

    And harm-reduction worker and Toronto Overdose Prevention Society co-organizer Zoë Dodd talks about what the City has done (or failed to) for people in the shelter system, substance users, and other vulnerable communities.

    Plus, Glyn goes on a brief rant about all the cities making space for pedestrians to social distance that aren't Toronto.

    • 46 min
    Episode 044: Corona and the distant city

    Episode 044: Corona and the distant city

    In this episode, we try to gain some perspective on the Covid-19 virus from the safety of our own appartments.

    We talk to Toronto City Councillor Josh Matlow about his experience in self-isolation, as well as tips from working at home and the importance or wearing pants.

    Spacing senior editor John Lorinc talks about what this epidemic can teach us about a city's resilience, and where we need to improve.

    Historian Adam Bunch tells us about past pandemics, how we dealt with them, and how they helped forge Toronto into the city it is today.

    Finally, Zahra Ebrahim tells us about a growing resource for people dealing with life during Covid-19, how you can use it, and help populate it. You can find that resource here.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

wildgrape! ,

Check it out!

Always worth a listen to prompt thought on varied themes and perspectives and discussion with others. Tight production and great music!

coreybrendan ,

Great stuff

Thoughtful and well-researched discussion on everything urbanism. Always impressed with the calibre of guests too. Keep it up.

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Great content

Loved the Healthy Cities episode: MC did a great job engaging with guests!

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