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ABOUT US

Renovate the Public Hearing is a collaborative initiative exploring potential improvements to British Columbia's provincial local government land-use public hearing requirements as a means to enhance social justice and community building, and strengthen democratic culture.

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Renovate the Public Hearing is an initiative of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

About the Centre for Dialogue

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue creates real-world impact for society's most pressing challenges by using dialogue and engagement to co-create solutions, exchange knowledge, support community-engaged learning, and to build the capacity of others in the knowledge and practice of dialogue.

CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE

Project Partners:

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Housing Supply Challenge

CMHC exists to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada and ensure the health and stability of Canada’s housing system. The CMHC Housing Supply Challenge targets housing experts and professionals, aiming to remove or reduce barriers that hinder housing supply and awarding $300 million in funding over 5 years. 

 

The Renovate the Public Hearing Initiative received CMHC Housing Supply Challenge incubation funding for project development, to allow for collaboration building and to develop ways to identify evidence-based solutions.

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The BC Law Institute

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) was created in January 1997 by incorporation under the Provincial Society Act. The broad purposes of the Institute, described in Article 2 of its Constitution, are to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs, promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and promote and carry out scholarly legal research. BCLI carries out scholarly research, writing and analysis for law reform, collaborating with government and other entities, and providing materials and support for outreach and public information.

As one of our key partners, BCLI will write the ultimate legal reform recommendation document for Renovate the Public Hearing based on the research data we collect.

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CityHive

CityHive is a youth-led organization that works to transform the way young people shape their cities and the civic processes that engage them. 

CityHive ran a three-month cohort program for youth to engage on the topic of public hearings. At the end of the cohort, they proposed creative "renovations" to the current hearing process. Read more about the results of their program here.

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