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IUS releases new Downtown Development Map.

September 23, 2013
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Jino Distasio, Director of the Institute of Urban Studies announced the release of its new Downtown Development Map on Monday (September 23rd). Accompanying the map is the second issue of IUS’s In-Brief Series, Downtown Winnipeg: Developments and Investments, 2005-2013.

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Jino Distasio talks to the press following the release.

 

 

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At Home/Chez Soi homelessness project featured in The Globe and Mail

September 21, 2012
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The Friday September 21st edition of the  Globe and Mail features an article that highlights some of the successes of the At Home/Che Soi homelessness and mental health project. IUS has been a major research partner in the project, the largest of its kind in the world, since its inception in 2009.


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National Film Board Highlights At Home/Chez Soi

May 24, 2012
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The National Film Board of Canada has just launched a web documentary on the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project. The series, “At Home: In Search of the Real Cost of Homelessness” involved five directors and consists of interviews with participants and staff from across the five cities – Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton. In addition to the film clips, the project also includes a blog. The Institute of Urban Studies is the co-research coordindator of the project, along with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba.


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IUS Report on Evictions Prevention Workshop

May 17, 2012
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On November 10th, 2011, the Institute of Urban Studies conducted a workshop on Managing for Successful Tenancies. The goal of this workshop was to develop an eviction prevention strategy for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home / Chez Soi Winnipeg Site. The objective was to bring together project staff and others who have experience in housing a range of individuals and learning from their experience about what it takes to successfully keep participants of At Home/ Chez Soi housed. Sixty-five people from 29 organizations participated. The Institute of Urban Studies facilitated the workshop with assistance of Masters City Planning students from the University of Manitoba.

The resulting report, “Preventing Evictions and Managing for Successful Tenancies” is now publicly available for download from the Institute of Urban Studies “community” on the University of Winnipeg’s WinnSpace digital respository.


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IUS Researcher Argues for More Density

May 17, 2012
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Well-known local blogger Robert Galston, author of The Rise and Sprawl, is also employed at IUS as a researcher. While reporter Bartley Kives is away on assignment, Robert has been providing urban commentary in the pages of the Winnipeg Free Press. His latest op-ed considers barriers to implementing greater density in Winnipeg’s older neighbourhoods. He writes,

Increasing density in older neighbourhoods does not have to mean the proliferation of large apartment blocks; there is a variety of housing types that would be much more finely scaled to streets lined with single-family houses. Secondary suites (in the attic, or at the back of the lot), two- to four-unit condos, and townhouses are all options that are currently overlooked by Winnipeg’s planning regulations.

There are numerous ways to increase a neighbourhood’s density without significantly or suddenly altering its physical character. As long as zoning regulations make low-density development a matter of course, and moderately dense development an arduous uncertainty, Winnipeg’s best urban neighbourhoods will continue to lose the chance to become even greater.”


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Rooming Houses are Rooms Without a View

May 17, 2012
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Back in 2002, the Institute of Urban Studies produced a report on rooming houses in Winnipeg entitled Out of the Long Dark Hallway. The report’s findings ended up informing the building of a number of pocket suites, or houses featuring multiple units, each with their own entrance. In the May 12th edition of the Winnipeg Free Press, IUS Director Jino Distasio provided further commentary on this issue in an op-ed entitled Room Without a View, in which he notes,

Manitoba must move quickly to develop not a fuzzy plan about ending homelessness but one that has targets that are well-articulated and met. We have had a strong history in Winnipeg of community and government involvement. We pioneered the use of tripartite agreements more than 30 years ago, which saw billions spent on urban development and housing. But as of late, both Winnipeg and Ottawa have backed away. Broadway could lead by taking a bold step to drastically reduce the numbers languishing in inadequate housing and address serious health issues of the homeless, including mental illness and chronic disease.

To move forward, the city must step up enforcement while the provincial and federal governments must commit funding to develop, manage, build and repair all forms of housing.”


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First At Home/Chez Soi Publications Announced

April 12, 2012
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The Institute of Urban Studies has been the co-lead research organization (along with the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba) on “At Home/Chez Soi” a $110 million project researching a “housing first” intervention aimed at addressing mental illness and homelessness. The first peer-reviewed publications are now emerging from the project. Among them is “The At Home/Chez Soi trial protocol: a pragmatic, multi-site, randomised controlled trial of a Housing First intervention for homeless individuals with mental illness in five Canadian cities” co-written by IUS Director Dr. Jino Distasio.


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IUS and Winnipeg’s BRT Launch

April 5, 2012
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After decades of discussion, Winnipeg has finally launched its Bus Rapid Transit system. IUS staff were on hand to film the first ride!

IUS has an important connection to the new system: back in 2004, IUS Director Jino Distasio served on the Rapid Transit Task Force. He also has an op-ed in today’s Winnipeg Free Press arguing for continued commitment to expanding the system.


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IUS Helps Launch SureFoot

February 23, 2012
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After two years of work, IUS Senior Research Associate Dr. Gina Sylvestre was on  hand to help launch SureFoot, an online winter sidewalk condition advisory for pedestrians. As reported in the Winnipeg Free Press,

Beginning today, the City of Winnipeg plans to issue daily assessments of winter-walking conditions for the entire city, utilizing the city’s website and 311 service, social media sites Twitter and Facebook and bulletins sent to media outlets. The measure is intended to give seniors and other people with mobility issues a better sense of the conditions they may encounter outside, said Gina Sylvestre of the University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Urban Studies, which helped develop the program. The bulletin breaks down the overall condition of streets and sidewalks across the city into four general categories — easy, moderate, difficult and hazardous. It does not, however, assess the condition of specific streets or sidewalksSureFoot may…cut down on the $164-million annual cost of treating Manitobans who are injured as a result of falls, said Dr. Lynne Warda of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.”

For additional coverage, see the CBC website and Metro.


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The At Home/Chez Soi Project on Global Television

February 14, 2012
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The Global Television network has offered substantial coverage of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project (of which IUS is one of the lead organizations). Dr. Jino Distasio, one of the co-Principal Investigators, is featured also in a an interview on the project.


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