Adapting cities to sea level rise: Green and gray strategies

Adapting cities to sea level rise: Green and gray strategies

/ Al, Stefan. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2018.

xiii, 143 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps, index, bibl.

The first part contains case studies of comprehensive resilience plans to address sea level rise in four cities: Rotterdam, The Netherlands; New York and New Orleans, United States, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The second part describes hard and soft-protect flood management strategies that rely on grey or green infrastructure solutions (e.g., seawalls, breakwater, flood walls, dikes, living shorelines, floating islands) as well as accommodation strategies in two categories (i.e., storing water and retreating to higher ground/raising ground levels). Examples from cities around the world highlight the strategies discussed.

 

Ontario's Municipal Conflict of Interest Act: A handbook

Ontario's Municipal Conflict of Interest Act: A handbook

/ O'Connor, M. Rick & White, David G.  — 2019 edition — Union, ON : Municipal World, 2019.

xi, 146 pages : appendices, index. — (Municipal knowledge series).

The book provides commentary on the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) in Ontario with reference to items coming into force March 1, 2019. The preface briefly summarizes the Report of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry in 2011 and the decision in the case of Magder v. Ford (2012) to highlight why the MCIA was revised. Subsequent chapters address the purpose and application of the Act; the types of conflicts of interest (i.e., direct, indirect and deemed pecuniary interest) and how to identify them; exceptions to conflict of interest (i.e., community of interest and remote or insignificant interest); the statutory duties of a member (e.g., attendance, disclosure, influence and remedy for lack of quorum); application to a judge; discretionary penalties and mitigating factors; appeals and proceedings; the role of the municipal solicitor; the role of public perception; and obtaining a judicial interpretation of rights under the Act. The final chapter includes a checklist summary of factors to be addressed when deciding an issue under the MCIA as well as a flow chart for assessing pecuniary interest. The appendices contain a list of cited legal cases and the text of the MCIA with all amendments as of January 2019.

 

Regulation and governance of municipally-owned corporations in Ontario

Regulation and governance of municipally-owned corporations in Ontario

/ Clark, Ron. — Toronto : LexisNexis Canada, 2018.

xiii, 250 pages : appendices, index.

The book explains the legal framework and related issues for the ownership, governance and operation of municipal services corporations and municipally-owned local distribution companies in Ontario. It covers creation, wind-up and dissolution of municipal corporations; principles of governance for publicly-owned corporations; purposes and restrictions on activities of municipal services corporations and local distribution companies; shareholder control and accountability mechanisms; the role of directors; the purpose and conduct of municipal council meetings and shareholders' meetings for business corporations; confidentiality and disclosure under MFIPPA as well as for closed meetings; corporate finance and eligible investments for municipal corporations; tax issues (federal income tax, payments in lieu of taxes, and provincial transfer and departure taxes); and new paradigms for local distribution companies (i.e., network orchestrators, distributed system platforms and load serving entities), and the risks/benefits of and relations with private sector providers of these new models. Sample documents are included as appendices: a shareholder declaration, an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy, a code of conduct, a conflict of interest policy, and a procedures bylaw.

 

Structures of coastal resilience

Structures of coastal resilience

/ Seavitt Nordenson, Catherine; Nordenson, Guy; & Chapman, Julia. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2018.

xv, 226 pages, 17 pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps (some colour), glossary, index, bibl.

The book explores planning and design methods that can improve the coastal resilience of the built environment based on projects in the United States that combined approaches from the planning and scientific disciplines. It covers tools and methods for visualizing and representing the coast, techniques of adaptive resilient design for reimagining the floodplain and the use of dynamic flood mapping to assess interventions. The final chapter looks back at the outcomes of three coastal projects in the US undertaken at the turn of the twentieth century: the raising of Galveston and construction of a seawall, coastal marsh trenching in New York and New Jersey, and the development of public housing on low-lying flood plains in New York City.

 


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