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November 2017

Returning to the Golden Rule of Balanced Budgets: The Institutional and Political Economy of Restricting Public Deficits and Debt

November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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The “golden rule” of public finance states that over an economic cycle, governments should borrow only to invest and not to fund current spending, and that the current budget must always balance or be brought into surplus. In Ontario, all municipalities are subject to legal borrowing limits, with special exceptions for Toronto and York Region. Yet implementing the “golden rule” is not a simple question of setting limits to deficits and debt. Using the case of Switzerland, international expert and…

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Understanding Smarter Cities: What Happens Next?

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Innis Town Hall, Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada
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As part of IMFG’s ongoing series of publications and events, we are pleased to co-sponsor the following event, organized by the Urban Studies Program at Innis College. The intended audience includes local and regional stakeholders, government and industry partners that are developing smart cities strategies, researchers and community members. Panelists will highlight previous smart cities work and research including a recent workshop led by U of T on The Future of Smart Cities in India and also connect to the Canadian federal…

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October 2017

Investing in Toronto’s Future: The 6th Annual IMFG Toronto City Manager’s Address

October 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7 Canada
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Toronto is an exceptional city at least partially because of public policies and past investments. As Toronto City Manager Peter Wallace discussed in his 2016 remarks to IMFG, Toronto faces challenges in meeting the demands of a global, international city. On October 26, Peter joined IMFG to discuss how the City of Toronto can address these challenges and invest in Toronto's future. What key steps could Council and staff take? What strategic policy levers could be used? What financial and implementation…

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September 2017

What Makes a Resilient City?

September 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7 Canada
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Every city wants to build its urban resilience and grow its capacity to absorb future shocks and stresses. How do local governments create cities that are resilient to the environmental, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century? What can Canadian cities do to become more resilient and inclusive?

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June 2017

Climate Finance in Ontario: Can Debt Financing be “Green”?

June 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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Can debt financing be “green”? On June 21, IMFG post-doctoral fellow Gustavo Carvalho will talk about climate financing in Ontario cities, looking at financial instruments and strategies that have been successfully implemented elsewhere, with a focus on green bonds, environmental impact bonds, and green banks.

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May 2017

Finding Common Ground: Inter-Local Cooperation in Canada in Theory and Practice

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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Municipal governments across Canada are increasingly looking to inter-municipal agreements as a way to share the costs and delivery of some local services. As this practice increases, it is important to have a better understanding of the benefits and consequences of service sharing in Canadian communities.

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The Role of the City Manager: The Forgotten Link in Municipal Administration

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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This presentation discusses one of the most important changes in municipal administration — the rise of the City Manager/Chief Administrative Officer. It looks at the development of the position, as well as its strengths and some of the shoals that need to be navigated to ensure that the position continues to fulfill its important role.

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April 2017

Local Governance and Public Finance Challenges of the Fracking Boom: Lessons for the US and Canada

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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Hydraulic fracturing drilling – commonly known as fracking – makes up the majority of US oil output. Canada may soon follow. This presentation focuses on the impacts of boom-bust resource extraction cycles on local revenues and expenditures and intergovernmental relations.

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Transit Fare Integration: Lessons for Toronto from Around the World

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This presentation explores some key challenges and considerations when it comes to fare integration in Toronto. How can lessons learned from other major cities help us to develop our own transit fare policies?

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March 2017

Local Transparency and Accountability: The Role of Municipal Accountability Officers

March 28 @ 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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Andrew Sancton, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on municipal government, explores the role of accountability officers in Canadian municipal government, highlighting both their accomplishments and the challenges they face.

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