Resurgence: Decolonizing the City
Jasmindra Jawanda, Urban Planning Consultant
Note: The January 20 City Talks lecture was held via Zoom.
Sarah Hunt/Tłaliłila'ogwa, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
Note: The February 17 City Talks lecture was a hybrid event held in-person at the Legacy Gallery and live-streamed via Zoom.
March 31: Healing the City
Jay Pitter, Award-Winning Placemaker, Urban Planning Lecturer, and Author
Note: The March 31 City Talks lecture has been cancelled.
Emergence: Victoria Surfaces from the Pandemic
Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
Jean McRae, CEO, Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria
Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, Executive Director, Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society
Mitchell Hammond, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Victoria
The histories of infectious diseases and modern cities have always been intertwined. Not only do cities foster the spread of disease, narrative accounts of urban crises in locales such as London, Paris, and New York have framed our understanding of how diseases affect societies in general. While the ongoing coronavirus crisis underscores the importance of cities, its widespread impact also poses a challenge for responses that are rooted in local environments and relationships. Global travel, technologies that collapse physical distance, and new forms of urbanization will shift the relationship of disease and cities in a new ‘pandemic era.’
Anita Ho, Associate Professor, Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia
After a slow start to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, more than 75% of Canadians have now received at least 1 vaccine dose, compared to just over 3% of people in low-income countries. As various wealthy nations start planning for booster doses, how should we think about ongoing disparities that will likely have intergenerational impact? The pandemic has highlighted how we are globally connected but unequally affected by virtue of our policies and practices. Should local and national governments focus on their own populations in their pandemic response, even if that means others will be left behind by design? Using different examples, this session will look at how taking solidarity seriously may be the only way to interrupt the disparity pathway and get all of us out of the pandemic.