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Democracy from the Bottom up: Unlocking the Potential of Community Councils

December 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In a number of cities around the world, community councils give local residents the power to get directly involved in local matters facing municipal government. In Toronto, City Council will soon consider the boundaries, mandates, and powers of its four community councils, which were created in 1998 to address the perceived lack of direct access to City Hall as a result of amalgamation.

This panel discussed the benefits and challenges of using bodies such as community councils to govern local decisions. In learning from the experiences in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York, the panel explored whether community council-like bodies have the potential to create more accessible and participatory local governments.

View Alexandra Flynn’s presentation

View Jessica Silver’s presentation

View Edana Beauvais’ presentation


Alexandra Flynn

Alexandra Flynn, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto





J Silver

Jessica Silver, Assistant Comptroller for Public Affairs & Chief of Strategic Operations, New York City Comptroller’s Office





E BeauvaisEdana Beauvais, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University





website-SpicerZachary Spicer (Moderator), Visiting Researcher, Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance







December 12, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Room 108N
1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 108N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada


Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance