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Three Outdoor Activities for Your Spring Bucket List

This past winter in Canada’s Capital was pretty epic, but, now that spring is finally here, it’s time to cross some items off your spring bucket list.

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Science in the Greenbelt

As an environmental program officer at the NCC, I explore and study some of the most well-preserved natural areas in the National Capital Region. I have always been passionate about conserving natural spaces — and sharing that passion for the natural world with others. Beginning from when I was quite young, I was constantly curious about what was drumming in the woods (ruffed grouse!), why that frog did not jump (because it was a toad!) and how that raccoon knew which neighbourhood has garbage day (still don’t know!).

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 6,000 or so historical photos of the region that the Management and Security of Information team has digitized must have quite a lot to say about our past.

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Report on Activities - April 2018

On April 19, the NCC Board of Directors met to discuss recent and upcoming projects. Here are some of the highlights presented in my Report on Activities.

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Planning for the Past has a Bright Future

One of the best things about heritage planning is the people who work in this remarkable field. Passion is something that so many people in this work share — not only a passion for history, but also a passion for conserving what makes places special and gives them value, recognizing the legacy of the past as we plan for the future of these places.

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Managing the Capital core: An exciting challenge!

I’m from a small community in the National Capital Region, so I’ve always been familiar with major attractions like the Rideau Canal Skateway, urban parks and the pathways. When I started working at the NCC as a student, I would never have dreamed that one day I would have an influence on these Capital attractions.

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Future Cities: A focus on human-centred urbanism enabled by technology

I became involved in Sidewalk Labs in 2015 —before there was any idea of the project coming to Toronto. I participated in a think tank in New York that was made up of urbanists and technologists who came together to brainstorm and explore the potential of new technology to make city life better.

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Planning the Sky

Looking upwards is becoming a critical element of our design vocabulary. On February 15, 2018, the NCC’s Urbanism Lab program explored the varied elements of planning the sky.

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The Future of the Capital Pathway: Let’s Talk!

Whether cross-country skiing just to enjoy being active, biking around to discover the National Capital Region, or walking to get from point A to point B: there are lots of good reasons to take the Capital Pathway, one of the largest networks of multi-use paths in North America. In summer and in winter, tens of thousands of Canadians — residents and tourists — use the pathway, including me. And because I’m working on its future development, I need your help.

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