Macleans Covers Community

Submitted by Martin Smith on January 25, 2011 - 5:05pm
Tamarack's mentioned in an article about the growing need for community connection

Here's a snippet from the article, entitled:"The next-door neighbour from hell."

Disciples of the great neighbourhood activists Jane Jacobs and Robert Putnam—people who talk of the “social capital” created by strong neighbourhoods—are alarmed by what they see as a weakening of community ties. “For many people, neighbourhoods are just the place they sleep,” says Mark Cajab, an executive director at Tamarack, a Waterloo, Ont.-based institute that promotes community engagement. We’re a culture disproportionately invested in the lives of strangers, Cajab points out: “We’ll grieve for Princess Diana but not know our neighbour has terminal cancer.” And that’s a big problem, he says. “We know from research that the less or weaker the social capital, the lower the quality of life in terms of safety, health, everything.”

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