by Brenda Richardson This guidance from the Community Associations Institute aims to help associations understand how to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within their communities. Implement an emergency plan. CAI recommends that community associations review or establish an emergency plan in consultation with legal counsel, insurance and risk management experts, and their managers. This plan could address … Continue reading A Guide For Community Association Members Navigating Complexities Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
Philanthropy provokes some interesting reactions. If someone has enormous wealth and they choose to give it away, it seems churlish to question their motives. But at a time when democracy worldwide is at its lowest ebb on record (Democracy Report 2020) and when this coincides with global wealth becoming concentrated within an ever smaller group of … Continue reading Just pay tax?
Anyone who has even vaguely followed the fracking debate in Scotland over the last few years could be forgiven for thinking that the Scottish Government had come down on the side of an outright ban. Turns out that what some understood to be a solid ‘No’ is in fact a ‘no-support planning policy’. Whatever that … Continue reading Corporate capture?
In January, an isolated reserve declared a state of emergency over dangerously poor housing conditions. A resident has now died – what will it take for meaningful change? “When you see these conditions on a daily basis, you start to accept it as normal,” says Sol Mamakwa, the member of provincial parliament for Kiiwetinoong. Photograph: … Continue reading ‘Beggars in our own land’: Canada’s First Nation housing crisis
A rendering of how the new First Nations district Senakw could look from the Burrard Street Bridge. Photograph: Revery Architecture The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, … Continue reading The bold new plan for an Indigenous-led development in Vancouver
It was suggested that someone might consider mapping the growth of community ownership of assets around Scotland. A couple of eager beaver consultants got back in touch to register an interest. Rumour has it the folk from the Community Land Team in Scottish Government say that they’re working on something very similar, and that we … Continue reading Recording community ownership
EU auditors have suspended payments on the £22m that Scotland receives from the European Social Fund due to concerns over the programme’s management. Unease around the internal systems that were being designed for the European Social Fund stretches back to when the original rules for the management of the programme were being drafted. Advice from … Continue reading European funds at risk