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Vancouver is internationally recognised as one of the best cities in which to live. A new book outlines and discusses what has made the Lower Mainland region what it is today. From the creation of planning boards in the 1940s, to saving Strathcona in the late ’60s, to the Agricultural Land Reserve in the ’70s, Expo in the 80s, and more, City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Greater Vancouver’s Liveability, written by Mike Harcourt and Ken Cameron, with Sean Rossiter, looks at how we got to where we are today, and wonders where we’re headed in the future. As an overview of policymaking and planning it’s quite accessible. The people profiled and the events recounted are informative and instructive.
I am joined now by one of the book’s authors, Mike Harcourt. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 1972. From 1980 to 1986, he was mayor of the City of Vancouver. The book is published by Douglas and McIntyre and retails for $24.95. I am pleased to welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, the former premier of the province of British Columbia (1991-1996) Mike Harcourt; Good morning, Mr. Harcourt.