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The Future Fix: Tech Lessons COVID Taught Us
Spacing and Evergreen proudly present The Future Fix: Solutions for Communities Across Canada, a special podcast series.
THIS EPISODE: Tech Lessons COVID Taught Us
Throughout the pandemic, we've seen people use technology and data in creative ways to help combat COVID-19. Even everyday people found ways to connect people to information about the disease, and even vaccinations.
In this episode, we begin by talking to Angelina Zhu and Deanna Hembruff, two volunteers for Vaccine Hunters Canada, about how they became involved in a national movement to help people find vaccine appointments:
“Everybody had that sort of sense that this was going to be a great community tool to get word spreading and get people vaccinated, especially with a few gaps that existed in delivering the vaccination services to people who needed them.”
And Dr. Tarun Katapally, professor at the University of Regina's Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, talks about how he and a team were able to work with Indigenous people in Saskatchewan to provide an app-based platform to curb the spread in smaller communities. It's called CO-Away:
“If you look at upstream, preventative healthcare, and downstream, emergency healthcare, we are a very reactive system. So we wanted to completely upend this. Use of technology and our digital platforms could potentially support and facilitate self-governance in remote Indigenous communities.”
Episode 059: Federal Election Panel 2021
A snap federal election in the face of a potential "fourth wave" of the COVID-19 pandemic means an emergency panel episode to discuss the urban issues that may (or should) come up before people go to the polls, September 20th.
Spacing Senior Editor John Lorinc and Spacing urban affairs columnist and York University Geography Professor Tricia Wood unpack urban issues such as housing, transit, and climate change that each party should be campaigning to address.
Episode 058: 5th Anniversary
In this episode, we speak to Diana Chan McNally, community worker with the Toronto Drop-In Network, about A Path Forward. It's a document signed by 206 organizations, artists, and politicians calling for a safer, more humanitarian approach to housing encampment residents, where the residents themselves are heard.
And we speak to Kensington Market Community Land Trust Co-Chair Dominique Russell about a $3-million grant from the City of Toronto to secure affordable housing in the famous neighbourhood. You can also find the conversation in the next Spacing print issue.
And, to celebrate our "birthday," we found a great piece from the original, 2009 Spacing Radio with host David Michael Lamb. It's a beautiful soundscape featuring a flautist in an abandoned building and a great de-stressor.
The Future Fix: Connecting your community to broadband
Reliable access to the internet is an essential service in any community. But there are barriers to bridging the "digital divide," especially in northern and Indigenous communities. Beyond the technical challenges, every community must choose what sort of broadband service model will serve people the best.
Episode 057: Trinity Bellwoods encampment evictions
In the aftermath of the Trinity Bellwoods Park encampment evictions, which saw a massive police presence, private security, and protests, we reached Sanctuary Toronto outreach worker Lorraine Lam, who was there with encampment residents, for an eyewitness account of what went on.
And we speak to Humber Professor and Indigenous writer Kerry Potts about her piece in Coach House Books' new essay collection, Indigenous Toronto: stories that carry this place.
Episode 056: Rail Deck Park and best laid (official) plans
This episode is all about plans: big and small, successful and dashed.
First, Toronto Star city hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro takes us through the story of Rail Deck Park from its ambitious announcement to the recent Local Planning Appeal Tribunal decision that seems to have put an end to the City's hopes to build a new downtown park over the rail corridor.
Then Glyn goes on a brief rant about public washrooms.
Finally, Ontario municipalities have until July 2022 to update their Official Plans to conform with the provincial government's current growth plan. This means Toronto, still in a pandemic, must begin a public engagement process about how the city should grow and develop. To discuss what needs to change about Toronto's Official Plan, we spoke to CivicAction CEO Leslie Woo, and Ryerson Professor and Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning Pamela Robinson.
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Great podcast (and associated publication) on Canadian urbanism. De plus, comme canadien francophone vivant hors Québec, je vraiment apprécie le fait que la balado touche, en français qu’en anglais, des enjeux urbains partout dans le pays, y compris des épisodes en français qui ne parle pas juste de la scène urbaine québécoise. Bravo! My only feedback is that it would be great if the producers/hosts did episodes on a wider variety of Canadian municipalities. For instance, there hasn’t yet been an episode discussing the urban issues transpiring in some of Canada’s biggest/most interesting (from an urbanism POV) cities such as Calgary (e.g. Green Line, new MAX BRT network, cycle track network, 5A infrastructure plan, Alpine Park), Halifax (e.g. the new Street Improvement Pilot Projects like on Yonge and Kaye), Moncton (e.g. Vision Lands), Kelowna (e.g. “first 5G Smart City project), or Winnipeg (e.g. Indigenous Urban design initiative).
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Always worth a listen to prompt thought on varied themes and perspectives and discussion with others. Tight production and great music!
Thoughtful and well-researched discussion on everything urbanism. Always impressed with the calibre of guests too. Keep it up.