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Handbook for Municipal Councillors. Second Edition (book)

Handbook for municipal councillors

 / Rust-D'Eye, G. H. — Second edition — Toronto : Carswell, 2014.

 xii, 259 pages : index.

 Aimed at municipal councillors in Ontario, the book provides an overview of municipal powers; the role of municipal
 council; the role of members of council; council procedures; the transparency of and access to municipal information
 and records; councillor conduct; conflict of interest; and municipal financial administration (i.e., property taxation,
 borrowing, economic development, and the provision of municipal goods and services). It also covers land use
 planning, the role of the Ontario Municipal Board, municipal regulation and licensing, the unique powers of the City of
 Toronto and municipal elections. A checklist of the ten things every councillor should know and the text of the
 Municipal Conflict of Interest Act are included.

Public produce: Cultivating our parks, plazas, and streets for healthier cities (book)

Public produce: Cultivating our parks, plazas, and streets for healthier cities

 / Nordahl, D. — Revised & expanded — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2014.

 xiv, 204 pages : illustrations, bibl.

 Advocates for the use and promotion of public land to cultivate produce, e.g., edible landscapes and gardens, and
 municipally organized agriculture. The book considers the effectiveness of community gardens and describes
 examples of urban agriculture throughout the United States, many of which received support from municipalities.
 Chapters address food security, the cost of healthy food choices, public policy, foraging, maintenance and
 aesthetics, food literacy and community health.

Towers, Turbines and Transmission Lines: Impacts on Property Value (book)

Towers, turbines and transmission lines: Impacts on property value

 / Bond, S., Sims, S., & Dent, P. (Eds.). — Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

 xiv, 337 pages : illustrations, maps, tables, index, bibl.

 Explores the effects of proximity to high-voltage overhead transmission lines, cellular towers and wind farms on property
 valuation based on studies from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as how to
 deal with these effects in assessment methods. It also includes a chapter on risk perception, stigma and behaviour
 related to property.

Urban acupuncture: Celebrating pinpricks of change that enrich city life (book)

Urban acupuncture: Celebrating pinpricks of change that enrich city life

 / Lerner, J. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2014.

 xvi, 143 pages : colour illustrations.

 Explores through a series of brief international examples how quick, selective urban projects can act as catalysts to
 improve an entire community—a process referred to as urban acupuncture in the book. Focusing on the work and
 observations of the author, it looks at the urban acupuncture technique and how spaces and urban social practices
 can be transformed through investment in cultural facilities, recreational spaces, public markets, urban transit,
 education about household waste, urban lighting, and revitalizing rivers and canals.

Urban Sustainability in Theory and Practice: Circles of Sustainability (book)

Urban sustainability in theory and practice: Circles of sustainability

 / James, P., Magee, L., Scerri, A., & Steger, M. — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, ©2015.

 xxii, 260 pages : illustrations, tables, index, bibl. — (Advances in urban sustainability)

 The first part of the book looks at the theory of urban social life and sustainability and explains the "circle of
 sustainability" approach to evaluating sustainability. The second part defines the four social domains of the circle of
 sustainability approach (ecology, economics, politics and culture); describes social mapping; and examines four
 layers of social meaning (ideas, ideologies, imaginaries and ontologies) in relation to globalism and modernism. The
 final part describes tools and methods that cities can use to assess sustainability, generate an urban sustainability
 profile, measure community sustainability, conduct peer review, adapt to climate change, project alternative futures
 and simulate future trends. The book includes brief case studies of the sustainability of Melbourne, Australia; New
 Delhi, India; Valletta and Paolo, Malta; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Porto Alegre, Brazil; and Johannesburg,
 South Africa.

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