Canada: Vancouver developing strategy to manage earthquake and climate risks

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Vancouver Sun

By Dan Fumano

On Tuesday, Vancouver’s mayor and council heard the first major report from Vancouver’s chief resiliency officer, a position created with Katie McPherson’s hiring two years ago.

McPherson’s report Tuesday was a first look for council at a Resilient Vancouver Strategy, which intends to prepare the city to not just survive such problems, but to continue functioning.

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The idea of “resilient cities” is an emerging area of urban planning around the world. McPherson’s quoted Squamish Nation hereditary chief Janice George’s definition of the concept: “Resilience is about planning with love for future generations.”

Vancouver’s top resilience challenges, McPherson told council, are surviving damaging earthquakes and climate hazards, and how they interact with social inequity, unaffordable housing, social isolation, and aging infrastructure.

McPherson said risks posed by Vancouver’s buildings and infrastructure are “a key resilience challenge.”

“Our buildings and infrastructure are the nuts and bolts of our city, and they are under pressure for a variety of reasons,” McPherson said. “Most notably, they are aging and require renewal at a time when affordability is at an all-time low.”

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