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Foreign Workers, Local Neighbours: A Multimedia Initiative about Temporary Foreign Workers in Vancouver

Thanks to Callista Haggis for this great introduction to the short documentary Foreign Workers, Local Neighbours, which examines the conditions and socio-economic impacts of temporary foreign workers in Vancouver, Canada. At the bottom of this post is a link to view the entire film!

In April 2011 The Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration launched a multimedia initiative to incite discussion and awareness about the socio-economic impacts of Temporary Foreign Workers in Vancouver, Canada.

The 20 minute documentary, Foreign Workers, Local Neighbours (FWLN), was one project component. It was born from a small project team (Devon Wong, Krystle Alarcon and myself), with critical input from temporary foreign worker community representatives, academic researchers, advocates and residents.

FWLN’s premier screening was at a public forum on May 28, 2011. … Continue Reading

Planning Pool at Northern Voice Conference

Planning Pool presented at the Northern Voice 2010: Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference today about some of the successes that we’ve have on this blog! Here is a link to a page that describes our panel session.

We got some great feedback from audience members who read us (Thanks for reading us and giving us great feedback!!):

  • Be Bold! Convey ideas about really important planning issues and take a more controversial point of view. Channel that inner James Howard Kunstler!
  • Be Forward Thinking! Explain some of the urgent issues that we’re going to face in the coming years and how we should approach them.
  • Use More Multimedia! Show people what good urbanism looks like, so they can get excited about creating a community that is more urban.

What do you think? More videos or photo slideshows? … Continue Reading

Weekly Video

Concrete, wires, and engineering aside, the essence of a working street exists in its people. Planners are not oblivious to this fact, however capturing the thoughts and personalities that define a place is not always easily accomplished… Read More

Weekly Video

As you or may not have noticed, Planning Pool has been streamlined over the past week to improve site performance and to place greater focus on some of the features that readers enjoy most.  Additionally, we’re redoubling efforts to highlight some of the cool things about the site that fly under the radar.  One such feature is our multimedia library, where we post our own photos and video, as well as interesting things from other sites.  In order to make this content a little more accessible, Planning Pool will showcase a new video every Tuesday.

So, without further ado…

Envision Lancaster County- 2009 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement from Abby Hall on … Continue Reading