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April 2020

How Will Local Governments Deal With The COVID Cash Crunch?

April 30 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Municipalities across Canada are facing significant financial pressures due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. On Thursday, April 30, join the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance for a webinar conversation about what the crisis means for municipal budgets and fiscal sustainability in the short and long term.

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December 2019

Engagement to Action: Improving Policy Outcomes Through Better Consultation

December 3, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7 Canada
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In an era of increasing political polarization, compromise seems difficult to come by. Simultaneously, recent reports show public trust in government is declining. Both conditions can make public consultation more difficult as communities become reticent to engage with one another and with institutions. However, bringing people together in thoughtful dialogue may be especially important in this environment. On December 3, experts from different sectors discussed the role of public consultation in policy development within the context of increasing polarization and…

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November 2019

Charting a New Path: Does Toronto Need a City Charter?

November 28, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture Auditorium, 1 Spadina Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 2J5 Canada
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Over the last year, a series of controversial provincial decisions affecting Toronto’s Council size, budget, and transit system have offered a reminder of the power that provinces have over municipalities in this country. As a result, an old debate has emerged about whether the City of Toronto should have more power and autonomy over its own affairs. As part of this debate, some have proposed that Toronto should pursue a city charter that gives it specific powers, roles, and responsibilities…

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Future Ain’t What it Used to Be: The 8th Annual IMFG Toronto City Manager’s Address

November 4, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7 Canada
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To tackle our modern challenges – population growth and changing demographics, climate change, aging infrastructure, congestion, and poverty – Toronto and the region‘s success decades from now will hinge on how we work together. On November 4, Chris Murray, Toronto’s City Manager, will speak about how these challenges require municipalities not only to set their own priorities, but to work together and with other governments, institutions, the private sector, community partners and Indigenous peoples to improve quality of life.

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October 2019

Conflict and Cooperation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects: Lessons from the Port of New York City

October 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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Today, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a multi-state and multi-jurisdictional body that operates and manages the development of one of the largest seaports in the world. Before the Port Authority was established a century ago, however, the Port of New York was governed not by a single body, but rather was planned, constructed, and operated within a twisting labyrinth of jurisdictional power and control over the land, water, and shipping industries. The result was that by…

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Book launch – Shaping the Metropolis: Institutions and Urbanization in the United States and Canada

October 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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What form should urban governance take? Is radical devolution the answer, or should we focus on more strategic involvement by senior governments? Zack Taylor will address these questions by presenting ideas from his new book, Shaping the Metropolis: Institutions and Urbanization in the United States and Canada.

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September 2019

Metropolitan Governance: Future Necessity or Misplaced Dream?

September 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7 Canada
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Experts from multiple disciplines have argued in principle for the benefits of metropolitan governance, but how has it played out in practice? On September 19, IMFG Visiting Scholar Alan Harding addressed this question by drawing on his experience as Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as well as his many years of academic research on metropolitan governance. In his presentation, professor Harding assessed the arguments produced in favour of metropolitan governance, the extent to which real-world reforms…

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July 2019

Consulting in the Smart City: Lessons from Sidewalk Toronto

July 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada

Smart city projects are rapidly becoming a dominant part of the worldwide urban agenda, including in Toronto, where Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have launched Sidewalk Toronto, an initiative to develop the waterfront Quayside neighbourhood as a smart city. Smart city projects like Sidewalk Toronto promise to improve order, efficiency, safety, sustainability, and inclusivity in urban life through data-driven decision-making and the integration of new technologies with infrastructure and services. They also often see cities as “living labs” where information…

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June 2019

From the Top Down: The Governance of Urban Development in Mexico

June 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada

Although efforts were made to decentralize in Mexico during the late 20th century, federal and state-level policy has continued to supersede local governance. Local governments in Mexico have limited financial and institutional capacities and are seldom able to guide urban development and construction processes, for example. The result of this top down approach has sometimes been sprawling and unsustainable development patterns, particularly during the 2000s, when federal and several state governments backed large, peripheral housing developments. These developments placed a…

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May 2019

Funding the Canadian City – Book Launch

May 6, 2019 @ 4:30 am - 6:00 pm
Boardroom, 315 Bloor Street West, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Toronto, ON M5S 0A7 Canada

The Canadian Tax Foundation and the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) celebrated the launch of Funding the Canadian City, a collection of papers by leading experts, scholars, and policy makers in the field of municipal taxation and finance. The book – edited by Enid Slack, Lisa Philipps, Lindsay M. Tedds, and Heather L. Evans – includes timely research on property taxes, the options for new revenue tools for cities, road tolling and congestion pricing, foreign-buyer taxes and vacancy taxes,…

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