Things Are Good: Forget NIMBYs, it’s All About YIMBYs

Anybody engaged with civic action knows the prevalence of NIMBYism, those people who say ‘Not in my Backyard’ and try to stop any progress good or bad. This attitude of blocking anything has led to some cities being left behind while other cities leap ahead. Recently Toronto has seen a rise of people who chant ...

Trashy's World: Much ado about almost nothing…

So here I am sitting wide-awake at 2 am because I couldn`t sleep last night, woke up with a blinding headache and spent most of the daylight hours slumbering away… In an attempt to find the peace that is sleepy-land, I thought I`d throw some words down about the latest local (non)-issue of the day; ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NIMBY: New Brunswick Sends Severely Autistic Adults to NB’s Northern Border with Quebec and To Maine, Far From Most Families

NIMBY, Not In My Back Yard: Severely autistic NB youth and adults are sent out of the province to the Spurwink facility in Maine and to the Restigouche Regional Psychiatric Hospital in Campbellton on NB’s northern border with Quebec far from families and communities in NB’s more heavily populated south.  The UK Daily Mail has ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Doug Ford: A champion of NIMBYism

  Doug Ford, a Toronto city councilor and brother of our notorious mayor, is supporting a community that wants a residential program for developmentally challenged youth thrown out of its neighbourhood. If the media reports are accurate, Ford’s support is quite vociferous. This shouldn’t be surprising because we’ve come to expect that everything one of ...

Melissa Fong: Protecting sex workers and brothels: Demonstrations over London prostitute evictions

I wrote this, “Micro-brothels” in BC: Are we still criminalizing prostitution? a couple weeks ago to also make sure that we’re properly protecting the rights of sex workers who choose the industry.  Generally, I fear a call to shut down all brothels will increase harm to sex workers.  I’m especially worried about neighbours taking it upon themselves to ...

the reeves report: Yes, In My Back Yard!

Not Far From The Tree’s table at YIMBY 2011. Photo courtesy the Centre for City Ecology. The flow of information and ideas between community residents and policy makers is often a one-way street. When someone tries to flip that idea on its head, it seems almost utopian – until you realize that the flipside is ...