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October 2019

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

October 7 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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April 2019

Steering Low-Carbon Growth in Emerging African Cities: Insights from Dar es Salaam

April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada

By the end of the 21st century, over 30 African cities will have populations exceeding 10 million people, placing them among the world’s largest megacities. The region’s rapid urbanization will stimulate investments in new urban infrastructure, including power plants, roads, and residential buildings, which will push city-level energy use and carbon emissions to new levels. The region’s impending urbanization and infrastructure growth presents an opportunity in the global fight against climate change. By coordinating efforts now, urban planners, infrastructure service…

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March 2019

Sharing the Costs of a Growing City: The Case for Development Charges

March 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Room 108N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 108N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada

New development is essential to supporting a growing city but it also leads to added costs for municipal governments. New housing developments often require new or expanded infrastructure, including roads, sewers, and water treatment plants. There is ongoing debate on how cities should pay for this growth-related capital. Some argue that user fees and property tax revenues are sufficient to cover these costs, and that development charges on developers will likely result in increased housing prices. On March 19, economist…

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February 2019

Bold Ideas, Bold Action: Next Steps for the GTHA

February 28 @ 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

Municipalities across the GTHA face many shared challenges. Ahead of last year’s municipal elections, the Institute on Municipal Governance and Finance (IMFG) published a series of essays from some of the GTHA’s most respected leaders offering bold ideas to push the region forward on key issues. On February 28, four of these leaders discussed their bold ideas in the context of a political landscape that includes newly elected mayors, councillors, and a provincial government set to table its first budget.…

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Governance Models for Successful Regional Transit: Who Owns It? Who Pays for It? Who Delivers It?

February 21 @ 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

In tightly connected metropolitan regions, who should make transit decisions? Who should run the system? Who should pay for it? On February 12, Michael Schabas, Patricia Wood, and Joe Berridge will explore how different cities and regions around the world have confronted these questions.

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January 2019

Building Inclusive Cities: Diversity in the Infrastructure Industry

January 14 @ 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

On January 14, Matti Siemiatycki and Yoko Cecelia Pye will present new research on the diversity of the infrastructure sector, discuss how women and racial minorities are underrepresented in leadership positions in the industry, and share strategies to overcome this diversity gap.

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