Walkable Cities: Can We Be Happier Than We Are?

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There has been a recent study that says that walkable cities do not make people happier. According to that study, this is because in the most walkable North American big cities such as Boston and New York City, there is a huge wage gap relative to cost of living for many of those city’s residents.

You can see where this is going already. With so many people working multiple jobs and trying to feed children, doing so at wages that are not in keeping with their financial constraints, the issue of how many walking paths, green spaces, or bike lanes in a given neighbourhood isn’t likely to make much of a dent on the happiness front in relation to those harsher realities.

My response to that, of course, is just this: duh.

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Meet Roger

[Editor’s Note: the following post features the text from Desiderata, a poem written in 1927 by American writer Max Ehrmann. It’s received some fame by being recorded, used, or referenced by people such as Leonard Nimoy, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and The New Pornographers.]

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant;  they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Roger was stuck at a train station in Paris, France. A freak blizzard hit that day in April, 1995 making it one of the coldest days of that year. It was close to midnight and he knew he just had to wait out the next eight hours for money to be wired to buy his ticket home. Roger had given his original ticket back to Canada to one of his models who needed to get home earlier. Being a modeling agent at times involved sacrifice. Continue reading “Meet Roger”

Q10 with Mayor Jonathan Coté

This article originally appeared in Issue Zero of our print magazine which came out in April 2016. Q10 is a regular feature in the magazine, and features questions from Tenth to the Fraser to someone in our community. For our inaugural issue, we asked Mayor Jonathan Coté for his responses.

Our city is currently working on a revised Official Community Plan and a very large part of that conversation is on the housing that will be required if the predicted number of people really do arrive here within a few decades.

Laneway housing. Row housing. Townhouses. How do we have respectful conversations about the transformation of housing in our city? Tenth to the Fraser sat down with Mayor Jonathan Coté for a chat about the transformation of housing. Continue reading “Q10 with Mayor Jonathan Coté”

Film Transforms Lives

Alex Farah knows the transformative power of film.

Now the Queensborough resident is hoping a financial challenge won’t trip up his transformation into a filmmaker on the cusp of a breakthrough.

Farah, 24, has been accepted into the Director’s Conservatory at the prestigious American Film Institute in Hollywood. It’s a huge step forward in the budding career of the Emily Carr grad whose student thesis short film, Sahar, was nominated last year for five Leo Awards, the top honour for films produced in British Columbia. Continue reading “Film Transforms Lives”

Meet Hannah

HannahHannah has been in jail, a lot. She knows the inmates and knows the “system” inside and out like the back of her hand. She has no fear talking to the men and women in correctional facilities; as a matter of fact, she enjoys it. Just ask the 336 inmates Hannah reached out to this past year. Continue reading “Meet Hannah”