The Disaster Management Simulator

This week we learnt that the Fukishima disaster was man made. Not just that it involved a nuclear reactor, but the underlying culture, decision making process and lack of disaster experience all contributed to the extent of the disaster. It “could and should have been foreseen and prevented. And its effects could have been mitigated …

Growthbusters

It seems as if we are commonly told that the answer to whatever problem our communities are facing is more density, more houses, better transportation networks and more opportunities for consumerism. In other words that we must keep growing to keep feeding the machine that our society has become. I don’t know about you, but …

Local Food Banks

In the past couple of days I’ve received two emails regarding the level of supplies at local food banks in the Kootenays. These organizations fill in the gap between government assistance and a diet that is healthy, and are usually staffed by volunteers and supplied through donations. The Kerr Apartment fire in Nelson likely drained …

goodreads

goodreads, a social-networking site for book lovers has updated their iPhone/iPod app, to include a barcode reader for easy cataloguing of books, whether ones you want to read, or books on your bookshelf. I had created a workaround for this with RedLaser on the iPhone, but this is much smoother and allows for multiple books …

Improving Castlegar through Placemaking

The Kootenays, a beautiful, rural part of British Columbia, features sparsely populated river valleys punctuated by forested mountain ranges, struggles from a lack of cohesive visioning and it seems that only recently have real efforts at economic collaboration been made, such as the Lower Columbia Community Development Team. Having less than two years under their …