Welcome to Briefing Notes: A short list of emerging policy issues, public leadership stories and best practices shaping our communities.
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Finish your ugly-crying. Here’s what comes next


Finish your ugly-crying. Here’s what comes next

In the wake of the US election two days ago, this opinion piece casts an upbeat tone on what we can do. Read

'We need to support American feminists who have the fight of their life on their hands'

Ottawa's feminist leaders shattered by Clinton's defeat are moving forward to prevent Trump's victory from setting back womens' rights. Read

It's Official: Paris Agreement becomes international law

The Paris Agreement on climate change came into force last Friday. What does that mean? Read. See Top Asks for Climate Action for more on this topic.

Investor court in CETA does not fix problems with investor-state dispute settlement

The EU-Canada trade deal was never supposed to be contentious. What happened? Read

Saskatoon makes history as six women elected to council

Six women were elected to Saskatoon city council on Oct. 26, 2016, making up 60% of the council. Read

Gender pay equity is farther away than originally thought

The World Economic Forum said it might take another 170 years for women and men to be paid the same. Read

'Just wash your hands:' gender- neutral bathroom uses humour

A gender-neutral bathroom in a BC high school is providing some chuckles with a lesson in hygiene. Read

The final hours of Vancouver's school board

An insider shares the story of how Premier Christy Clark fired the Vancouver School Board and took over public school management. Read

104-year-old woman shining example of municipal programs’ success, says Columbia Institute report

Click here or on the image above to watch the CBC News story.

Caregiving takes toll on finances, career, health

One million British Columbians are caring for friends or family — and paying a price because of inadequate supports. Read

Electric vehicles could go first at traffic lights

Government proposals to tackle air pollution in five UK cities could see electric vehicle drivers using bus lanes and getting priority at traffic lights. Read

Stop improving gentrifying neighbourhoods

Municipalities can become more proactive about the ripple effects of this rapidly accelerating process. What do you think? Read
On October 18, we presented highlights from Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health report to stakeholders and media. The report, which captured data from eight Metro Vancouver seniors centres, spotlights how municipalities are frontline in seniors health by offering a wide variety of programs that help keep seniors healthy and independent and delay/prevent seniors from requiring more costly health care services.


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