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November 2017

The Public Acceptability of Taxation: Implications for Canadian Cities

November 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 108N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 108N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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Aversion to taxes presents a major policy dilemma for elected governments: voters want governments to deliver goods and services but are deeply suspicious of their efforts to raise taxes. When are citizens willing to support major changes to tax policy? IMFG’s 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Lesch will discuss a new study on whether and how Canadians are likely to accept tax reforms to address three distinct policy problems – climate change, infrastructure, and deficit reduction. The findings hold important policy…

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December 2017

Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay?

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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Join editors Richard Bird and Enid Slack and chapter author Matti Siemiatycki for a discussion around the key themes of IMFG’s new book, Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay?, followed by a reception and book signing. Politicians and citizens universally agree that Canada’s urban infrastructure urgently needs work. But few cities have room to raise additional revenue, and the federal and provincial governments to which they turn for financial support are already in deficit, so who is going to pay for…

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

December 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 108N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 108N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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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 will discuss the benefits and challenges of using bodies such as community councils to govern…

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Building a Better Budget Process in Toronto

December 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen's Park Crescent West, Rm CG-160
Toronto, ON M5S 3K9 Canada
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The City of Toronto’s 2018 municipal budget cycle is in full swing. Council’s Budget Committee has begun debating $12 billion worth of city spending based on a seemingly endless supply of financial reports compiled by staff. Making sense of the numbers is remarkably difficult, even for the closest City Hall watcher. To lift the veil, the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and the U of T School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) are convening a panel that…

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