Social inclusion policies are more common in Europe than North America, but several Canadian cities -- including Ottawa and Calgary -- have either already adopted similar policies or are about to.
Broadly speaking, the goal is to try to maximize the opportunities for everyone to become engaged in city life, regardless of economic, geographic, or other barriers. Asked to define "social inclusion," Priel grabbed a copy of the report and read from it:
"Any inequalities that exist must satisfy two very specific conditions: the opportunity to participate must be equally available to all; and the greatest advantage goes to the most disadvantaged."
- Hamilton Spectator, 22.02.07 “Putting All Citizens on More Even Footing.” Bill Dunphy
More than $70 bn was invested in wind and solar power and biofuels
in 2006, up 43% on 2005. The findings, outlined in the Global Trends in Sustainable Development review, have led the UN to conclude that clean energy
could provide almost a quarter of the world's electricity by 2030.
- Guardian Weekly 29.06.07 p.16