April 2022 Newsletter

April 11, 2022


Are you looking to learn more about how to build your community's economy? Do you want to study from home while continuing to work? Are you employed in the field already and want to expand your knowledge? New to this area and looking to develop your career?

We welcome you to join us in May for this fully-online program that will expand your horizons, not just your skills. Strengthen your community's economy one course at a time.

Join us this May!

For more information, please contact us today at ced-info@sfu.ca or 778-782-4425.


How to Use Data to Your Advantage

A primer on helping you find, analyze, and present data effectively

Wednesday, April 20 12:00pm PDT - 1:00pm PDT (online)

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure” Peter Drucker, Management Expert

How healthy is your community? How do you measure it? Good data - combined with compelling stories - allow communities to access funding more easily, make decisions on where to put time and effort, and measure the impact of community and economic development initiatives over time. This webinar will use real-world stories to introduce you to key concepts in finding, analyzing and presenting data through the lens of community well-being.

Join speaker Mike Stolte and us for a thought-provoking online talk. 

All welcome. Registration required.


The Federal Budget and Housing


We asked a former director of the program, Nicole Chaland, and SFU Beedie School of Business Finance Professor, Dr. Andrey Pavlov, for their takes on the recently-released Federal Budget with respect to housing-related matters.

Nicole's Twitter feed @Nicole Chaland gives an extensive take on these matters; she's explained how she believes this budget will not substantially advance housing rights to all Canadians despite enshrining the right to housing in law in 2019 with the National Housing Strategy Act. Based in Victoria, she's done extensive studies specific to the capital city's housing needs and her tweets make for enlightening reading.

Dr. Pavlov shared his take with us directly:

"In my view the budget measures with respect to housing affordability are quite misguided. The budget allocates a lot of money for social housing development and also for municipalities to update their building approval process. But that’s not what we need - there are already plenty of people who are willing and able to build more housing but are held back by red tape and long delays at the municipal governments pretty much everywhere. Many projects are tied up in the approval process for years. Even straightforward single-family homes within existing zoning take many months, possibly years.

"Beyond red tape and bureaucracy, taxes and regulation such as the Speculation and Vacancy Tax or the School Tax that we have in BC are highly counter-productive. They may bring some empty units into the market, but have a huge negative effect on new housing supply. The City of Vancouver, for instance, issued building permits for 30% fewer residential units in 2019 relative to 2018, the year the tax was introduced. 2020 saw a further 18% decline.

"What we need in housing is to eliminate the obstacles to new supply municipal and provincial governments have put in place. I realize we’re talking about a federal budget, but instead of throwing money at the problem, the Federal Government can take steps to limit the power Provincial and Municipal governments to delay new housing or stop it completely.

"The budget does contain some positive measures - making it easier for people to save for downpayment, for instance. However, unless we remove the obstacles to vastly increasing our housing supply, such measures would only translate into higher home prices, not into housing more people."

WHAT'S YOUR TAKE? Share your thoughts with us at ced-dir@sfu.ca.

Horizons: Crisis and Social Transformation in Community-Engaged Research

Conference: May 26-29 at SFU Vancouver

Horizons is an in-person conference (with virtual engagement options) and community gathering space for knowledge generation, mobilization, and collective imagination.

We are all living through one of the most disruptive and transformative eras in living memory, and in this context, Horizons offers a space to explore the history and future of community-engaged research (CER). At the broadest level, community-engaged research (CER) is a form of praxis, an exercise in knowledge generation and epistemic justice that weaves theory and academic knowledge with the world through collaboration with communities in ways that aim to understand, analyze, reimagine and change the conditions governing our lives.

Hosted by SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative, Horizons engages knowledge creators both inside and outside of the academy to imagine future pathways to more equitable and just societies.