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Cities have power to influence human well-being, says Happy City author

Charles Montgomery’s Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Happy city: Vancouver-based journalist and urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery says, ‘The good news is that interventions aimed at making cities happier can also make them healthier, more efficient and wealthier.’

Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, which is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, says he first got interested in the link between good urban planning and happiness when he took a bike ride through Bogotá, Colombia. He was chasing after the mayor, Enrique Peñalosa who, Mr. Montgomery says, had transformed the city in the name of happiness.

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Cities have power to influence human well-being, says Happy City author

Charles Montgomery’s Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Happy city: Vancouver-based journalist and urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery says, ‘The good news is that interventions aimed at making cities happier can also make them healthier, more efficient and wealthier.’

Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, which is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, says he first got interested in the link between good urban planning and happiness when he took a bike ride through Bogotá, Colombia. He was chasing after the mayor, Enrique Peñalosa who, Mr. Montgomery says, had transformed the city in the name of happiness.

  

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Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Movie Night on the Hill: Elephant Song's premiere Sept. 29 in Ottawa Oct. 6, 2014

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Elephant Song, directed by Montreal's Charles Binamé, and film crew at the Movie Night on the Hill pictured with sponsors and host, Heritage Minister Shelley Glover.
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The scene at the NAC.
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Conservative Sen. Don Meredith.
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Heritage Minister Shelley Glover, Telefilm's Michel Roy, and Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau.
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Husband and wife team, Laura Peck and Barry McLoughlin of McLoughlin Media.
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Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes' comedian Mark Critch.
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Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé.
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Telefilm's Michel Roy, Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau and Patrick Roy of Les Films Seville, all pictured at the film's premiere on Sept. 29 at the NAC in Ottawa.
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Conservative Senator Don Meredith and Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon.
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McLoughlin Media's Laura Peck.
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CPAC's Colette Watson.
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Conservative Senator Janice Johnson.
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Heather Bradley, director of communications to House Speaker Andrew Scheer.
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Conservative MP Mike Wallace.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch with Elephant Song director Charles Binamé.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch begins to interview NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic.
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NDP MP Pierre Nantel and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes Mark Critch.
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And another thing. NDP MP Pierre Lantel and This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch.
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And another, extra thing, Nantel.
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Okay, back off, buddy. Mark Critch really gets into his skit with a good-natured NDP MP Pierre Nantel.
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And I really, really like this movie, Elephant Song. Okay? Got it? Do you hear me, Nantel? Yeah, love it.
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And you better love it too, Nantel. Got that?

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE