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/ Mascarin, John & Levitt, Jeffrey L. — 2019 edition — Markham : LexisNexis Canada, 2018.
xxxv, 603 pages : index, bibl.
The book contains the full text of the Ontario Building Code Act, 1992, amended and consolidated as of June 30, 2018, with commentary on the legislation's objectives and features as well as related case law. It also summarizes the history of each section of the act and building regulations in Canada. A table of concordance identifies the differences by section between versions of the Act. The Act covers enforcement authorities, construction and demolition, property standards, unsafe buildings, maintenance inspection programs, building condition evaluation programs, qualifications, power and duties of registered code agencies, general powers of inspection and enforcement, dispute resolution, authorization and rulings.
/ Harris, Gordon & Littlemore, Richard. — Seattle : Ecotone, 2018.
144 pages : colour illustrations.
The book recounts the planning, design, construction and business of the UniverCity master-planned residential community adjacent to Simon Fraser University's campus in Burnaby, BC. It then discusses the positive aspects of the project, what could be improved upon and actions going forward. Insights and lessons learned from the project are highlighted in sidebars. Some of the topics addressed include the governance of the Simon Fraser Community Trust, sustainable innovations, infrastructure, stormwater management, mixed use and density.
/ Delheim, Judith & Prince, Jason. (Eds.). — Second edition — Montréal, QC : Black Rose Books, 2018.
xx, 253 pages : illustrations, maps (some colour)
Taking the position that urban transit should be free as it is a fundamental human right, the chapters in the book showcase present and historical case studies on free or discounted provision of public transportation, social movements for free transit, finance models and issues impeding free transit in European, Canadian and the American cities. It includes case studies on the Montreal Citizens' Movement and the public transit rate hike in Montréal in 1975 and the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly's free public transit movement from 2009 to 2016. It also discusses methods of funding transit through user fees and the possibility of using land taxes to pay for transit services instead. The final chapter argues for changing the transportation market to address mobility, lists the true costs of automobile ownership and social justice principles to consider related to free public transit, and identifies five groups of actors campaigning for free public transit.
/ Levine, Gregory J. — Second edition — Union, ON : Municipal World, 2018.
vi, 142 pages : forms, appendices. — (Municipal knowledge series)
The book explores the rationale, mechanisms and policies for establishing ethics systems at the local government level as well as related issues to be addressed. Three types of systems are covered: (1) integrity systems and officers (i.e., codes of conduct), (2) lobbyist registration and regulating lobbyist conduct and (3) administrative justice and ombudsman systems. The key features of regimes across Canada are highlighted. The appendices contain sample bylaws, checklists and forms related to codes of conduct, complaint systems, lobbyist registration, administrative justice codes and fairness checklists, and ombudsman complaint systems.
/ Institut de la statistique du Québec. — Édition 2018 — Québec : Institut de la statistique du Québec, 2018.
1 ressource en ligne (251 pages) : graphiques, cartes en couleur, tableaux, PDF.
The report provides a socio-economic profile of the 17 administrative regions of Québec. Eighteen topics are analyzed based on the latest statistics: demographics; families and households; income; housing; residential property values; capital expenditures; economic situation (i.e., GDP and disposable revenue); labour markets; health services; education; science, technology and innovation; agriculture; mines; manufacturing sector; tourism; public libraries; sustainable transportation (i.e., commuting mode of travel and electric cars); and land cover. Finally, statistics for regional county municipalities (i.e., demographics, per capita disposable revenue and employment rate) and a brief statistical portrait of each administrative region are included.
/ Crute, Jeremy, Riggs, William, Chapin, Timothy Stewart, & Stevens, Lindsay. — Chicago : American Planning Association, 2018.
1 online resource (84 pages) : colour illustrations, bibl., PDF. — (Report (American Planning Association. Planning Advisory Service) ; 592).
The report describes the present capabilities of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and its limitations; outlines the implications of other advancements in transportation technology (e.g., connected vehicles and traffic management systems); estimates timelines for AV adoption; identifies challenges and opportunities of AV technology for planning US cities and the impacts of AV on the built environment; hypothesizes about the possible transformation of the built environment due to AV technology; and discusses planning policy and infrastructure considerations to prepare for issues arising from AV technology (e.g., shared mobility approaches, retrofitting rights-of-way, design for bicycles and pedestrians, and AV parking).
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