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VCH Regional Forum 2016

Click on the image above to enjoy the VCH Regional Forum photo gallery.

An exciting new agreement between the City of Vancouver and CP Rail has secured the Arbutus Corridor railway route for use as a sustainable transportation corridor.  The city expects the acquisition to be a boon to Vancouver residents who walk and cycle as well as a valuable tourist attraction.

The following article by Jeff Bell appeared in the Times Colonist on January 8, 2016

A City of Victoria cycling program has wheeled its way into the halls of academia as the subject of a new course offered by the University of Victoria.

Regional partners throughout the Shuswap region have developed a historic Trail Strategy and Roundtable. It is a milestone for the region by setting a new direction for how residents live, move, and relate with each other and the land. This is the result of an extensive multi-sectoral collaborative effort including ongoing support from the City of Salmon Arm.

Cities offer the scale needed for transformative change — large enough to matter, but small enough to manage. Universities and colleges are also civic actors in their own right. They are “cities within cities,” where the principles of pluralism create communities of diversity, open to the world.

The third round of grants from the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund is no longer accepting applications or expressions of interest.

Meeting the needs of our aging population will be one of the biggest challenges of the coming decades; especially for rural communities where amenities are far flung. 

The YWCA Rooftop Garden yields more than 1,000 lbs of fresh fruit and veggies each year! The produce is used to feed families in need at YWCA Crabtree Corner in the Downtown Eastside. 

Read about this model of sustainable development here: www.ywcavan.org.

photo: YWCA CEO Janet Austin picks winter harvest from the rooftop garden.

The Open Gate Garden is a lively community garden that provides a social hub and opportunities for learning in McBride, BC. The garden is planned and implemented by the Robson Valley Community Literacy Task Group.

The BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) has partnered with the Abbotsford Community Garden Society and the City of Abbotsford to encourage people of all ages to participate in the growing of food. A large section of the garden was set aside for BCAITC to work with local schools.

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