VIU Students Raise Awareness About City Planning Issues

November 8, 2012 - 6:45am

NANAIMO, BC – Vancouver Island University Geography students, VIU Student’s Union, and the Solutions Club are co-hosting the 7th annual Urban Issues Film Festival Friday, Nov. 9 from 3 to 9:30 pm in Building 356, Room 109.

The event, also co-hosted by the Planning Institute of BC (North Island Chapter) and VIU’s Geography department, follows World Town Planning Day, a celebration held at the Nanaimo campus Thursday, Nov. 8. Students were invited to record their thoughts on city planning issues such as transportation, housing, greening the city and more.

“We’d like to see more students get involved in local planning in the area we live, work and play,” said Global Studies student Pamela Jack who is helping coordinate the Urban Issues Film Festival. It’s important student voices are heard on city planning issues, she said.

The film festival is open to students, staff, faculty and the general public.

Participants will watch a series of short and long films on urban planning issues and hear keynote speaker Bill Holdom on the realities of urban governance. Holdom is a former Nanaimo City Councillor and VIU professor who chaired the Plan Nanaimo Advisory Council.

The Urban Film Festival includes a free dinner at 6 pm so participants are asked to pre-register by emailing


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