A City That Works For Everyone: Reflections on the Necessity of an Intersectional Urbanism

In the last few weeks, people have been discussing the issue of diversity in urbanism. At the recent CanU conference, there was an all-white all-male panel that got people talking. What happened at CanU isn't uncommon; many urbanist conferences often have a lack of gender and racial diversity in their speaker and panel rosters. So, [...]

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Towards an Inclusive Edmonton: How can we go about having a meaningful and productive conversation about racism?

I've always been acutely aware of the colour of my skin - save for a few childhood trips to India, where I "blended in". Even then, I was contemplating my identity as a Canadian Indian kid and I knew that I still had not found my place of belonging. As a child, I can remember [...]

yegsnowfight: We made something, Edmonton.

Last Sunday, I witnessed something magical. It was perhaps the most "Edmonton" experience I've had since moving to this city in 2012. In October, I was tweeting back and forth with a (then) stranger about having a snowball fight. I had recently watched the Human Scale documentary, in which they showed a spontaneous snowball fight [...]

Combating a Toxic Culture in Edmonton: Some Thoughts on Dr. Gabor Mate’s Wisdom

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to introduce Dr. Gabor Maté. Dr. Maté was in Edmonton to speak as part of the Edmonton Public Library’s Forward Thinking Speaker Series. As I had mentioned in my opening speech, I was a little star struck. In my world, Dr. Maté is a bit of a rockstar [...]

What is community?

What is community? Merriam Webster defines community as : a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) : a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. : a group of nations As you can see, the definition isn't particularly clear. I’ve been [...]