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Three young Ottawa men have created and launched a social mapping tool that lets users pin their own notes on Apple’s map.

When an iPhone user logs in, the Notewalk app pinpoints their location. The user can then post notes to that specific location, but only while the user is actually there.

Imagine you’re at a restaurant on Bank Street and you’ve had a great meal or a terrible coffee. You can log in and post that information for everyone else using the app.

But it’s more than reviews. People can post the location of great parking spots, or a note about a recent spate of bicycle thefts in a specific neighbourhood. If a certain sidewalk isn’t accessible for people in wheelchairs, they can post that information while they’re there.

Read more here.

Source: CBC News

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A two-week international field course offers students a unique educational opportunity to explore the complex and varied urban and social geographies of Mexico City. If you are interested, sign up for GEOG 3030 today!

This course will be jointly coordinated by Dr. Jill Wigle (Carleton) and Dr. Luisa Veronis (Ottawa U). The course will take place in Mexico City from May 5-16, 2014. Selected students will be expected to participate in 3-4 group meetings in the winter semester before the course begins. Questions? Need more information?

Attend an information session or email: jill.wigle@carleton.ca

 

 

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The second information session for the Mexico City Field Seminar will take place on Dec. 4, 2013 at 4 pm in A220,

International Field Excursion course (GEOG 3030)

It will explore the social and urban geographies of Mexico City through lectures, guest speakers and field trips.

 

The key course themes will include: informal settlement, gentrification, the right to the city, and social exclusion.

 

Join us to hear more about the course, the application process and how to cover supplementary costs!

 

 

Note: The pre-requisite for GEOG 3030 is 3rd year Honours standing in Geography, or permission of the department. Students must participate in the application process. FASS will be providing some support to offset student costs.

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Take advantage to study abroad by joining the International Field Excursion course (GEOG 3030) which will explore the social and urban geographies of Mexico City through lectures, guest speakers and field trips.

The key course themes will include: informal settlement, gentrification, the right to the city, and social exclusion.

Join us to hear more about the course, the application process and how to cover supplementary costs!

An Information Meeting will by held on Nov. 21st @ 4pm in A220, LOEB

Note: The pre-requisite for GEOG 3030 is 3rd year Honours standing in Geography, or permission of the department. Students must participate in the application process. FASS will be providing some support to offset student costs.

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Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 is a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that make up the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Cycling Plan and the Pedestrian Plan, with an eye towards making Ottawa a more vibrant, health and sustainable city.

Since launching the campaign in January, more than 8,000 citizens have participated in the online questionnaire. A report of the results is available on the City of Ottawa website, along with Official Plan Status update and more information about the proposed rural policies.

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Source: City of Ottawa online newsletter, May 1, 2103

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The city state: How urban design affects our health

“As a behavioural psychologist, James Sallis started out trying to understand how to motivate people to become more physically active. But, like many of his colleagues, he soon found that whatever worked only worked a little, on a few people, for a short time. Soon, Dr. Sallis came to see the modern urban environment as a big part of the problem. Place matters, he decided, and he set about investigating the design of public spaces and their influence on physical activity and the obesity epidemic.”

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Source: Globe and Mail

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Collaborating on Comparative “Greenbelt” Governance Research with Mexico

Assistant Professor Jill Wigle is currently collaborating on a SSHRC-funded research project on comparative “greenbelt” governance and related processes of socio-spatial appropriation and management in Mexico City and Ottawa with Priscilla Connolly, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Master’s Programme in Planning and Metropolitan Policy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City.

In April 2012, Professor Connolly will visit Carleton University and begin the Ottawa part of the research, along with one of the Mexican Research Assistants working on the project, Hector Hidalgo Paez. DGES graduate students, Andrea Carrion, Gary Martin and Chris Bisson are also participating in the project as Research Assistants. In Ottawa, the project will focus on the city’s greenbelt, while in Mexico City the project will look at the governance of informality in the city’s largest remaining conservation zone which now also represents its southern urbanizing periphery.

Source: CAGList GeogNews

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