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Random Linkage 9 December 2007

Capture09-12-2007-8.43.27 PMI’d like to thank the editors of “Small” for including some of my thoughts in their latest issue, I’ve written about playgrounds and new play spaces as an importqant consideration in the urban fabric, and these guys picked up on my comments regarding the need for innovative thoughts, designs and surfaces to make these places fun and stimulating for kids – you can find the section on playgrounds here.

Also of note, the conference that Robyn and I attended last month in Nelson has finally released the audio of the proceedings.

In November 2007, Deconstructing Dinner attended one of the first regional food security conferences ever held in Canada. With a population of less than 10,000 people, the City of Nelson, British Columbia, hosted over 250 people for the first evening of keynote speakers.

With an equally impressive 170 in attendance on the second day of keynote speakers and workshops, the conference acts as an example for other Canadian communities wishing to begin organizing themselves to take greater control over the food available to them. Deconstructing Dinner hopes the raw recordings, shows, and resources presented on this page will aid groups across the country looking to ensure a socially and environmentally responsible local food system that benefits local economies.

Deconstructing Dinner – Future of Food in the Kootenays Conference

The most impressive presentation from the first night was by Richard Balfour and is well worth listening to, you can find it on this page including a pdf of his slides.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.