Monthly Archives: January 2012

What is a Professional Peer Review?

This is part one in a series.  What exactly is a professional peer review? A professional peer review focuses on the performance of professionals, with a view to improving quality, upholding standards, or providing certification. A professional peer review should … Continue reading

Posted in Consultation | Tagged , , , ,

Are We Really Building a ‘Sustainable’ Toronto?

As a recent transplant to Toronto, I’m often asked by those from my home town where in the city I moved to. When I give them the neighbourhood’s name, their brows furrow quizzically, so I usually have to supplement my … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , ,

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s takes on Saul Alinsky

Last weekend’s results of the South Carolina Republican primary are now in and I almost fell off my chair when I heard Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, include in his 22 minute victory speech a reference to Saul … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , ,

Port Hope and Port Granby Projects Press Release – January 13, 2012

The Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office (PHAI MO) today received confirmation of funding from the Government of Canada, which will allow the Port Hope and Port Granby Projects to move forward into Phase 2. The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister … Continue reading

Posted in Consultation | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Community Well-Being and Sustainability

The sustainable development movement paved the way for how we view community well-being today. The notion of environmental well-being arose from the Brundtland Commission’s development of the concept of sustainable development in the ‘Our Common Future’ report in 1987. Like … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainability | Tagged , ,

Resource Management – Co-Management

Adaptive co-management is an evolving approach for the governance of social-ecological systems. The concept of adaptive co-management comes from combining the on-going learning element of adaptive management and the relationship component of collaborative management in which rights and responsibilities are … Continue reading

Posted in Management | Tagged , , , , ,

“The Machine that Would Predict the Future?”

Isaac Asimov’s ‘Hari Seldon’ is a role model for the social scientists and urban planners whose profession it is to predict the future from 50 to 500 years and longer.  We are able to predict with a high degree of … Continue reading

Posted in Communications | Tagged , , ,