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Y Magazine will publish quarterly for a total of four issues. In 2019, we will focus on the following topics:
Ontario's communities are in a constant state of change. Economic, social, technological and political issues affect growth in both rural and urban areas for better (healthy growth patterns that create sustainable, viable communities for the future) and worse (slow growth or no growth and, sometimes, fast growth that puts a worrying strain on infrastructure). Issue One will tell the specific stories of neighbourhoods and regions facing rapid or uneven growth, and explore how planners can help communities make informed choices towards a balanced, manageable, long-term solution.
Climate change is becoming a growing concern in every sector, profession and industry. From a government’s perspective, the list of things that need to be done to prepare communities for exponential climate change seems to grow longer by the day. Planners offer support by finding the most sustainable way to align a community’s diverse needs with the fragile needs of the environment, as Ontario continues to grow and change. Their research and professional expertise can positively affect policies that tackle climate change, and Issue Two dives into the compelling, current stories in this vein.
In today’s age of social media, data collection and internet dominance, and tomorrow’s age of technology yet-to-be-discovered, how will Ontario’s communities fare? Technology speeds things up, it connects more people across broader regions, it can make systems and processes run smoother in all aspects of rural and urban living - so how does a planner factor this in in community development? And how does technology affect the practice of planning itself, with the advent of new tools and platforms to use in researching and retraining? How will the nature of planning be changed by the incoming generation of planners who seem to have been born with a smartphone in their hands? Issue Three explores the infinite possibilities - and concerns - that technological changes and advances will have across Ontario.
To round out our first year, Y Magazine will look ahead to 2020 and beyond. Planners and planning peers with a keen interest in the shape that Ontario will take in 25, even 50 years will uncover and explore the possible twists and turns in the path to inspired communities of the future.