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February 2021

Inclusionary Zoning: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Toronto

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Toronto’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) policy will go before City Council this year. The IZ tool has produced new affordable housing by compelling developers to set aside a portion of their new housing units as affordable housing in the US and the UK. What lessons can help inform the implementation of IZ in Toronto?

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Policy in Place: Models for Federal-Provincial-Municipal Collaboration

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of cities as partners in implementing and enforcing national and provincial policies, programs, and services. This webinar looked at how can federal-provincial-municipal collaboration be improved and what models exist for all three orders government to come together and address shared policy challenges?

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November 2020

Redevelopment and Equity: Examining the Impacts of Revitalization in a Resurgent Detroit

November 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This webinar examined the impacts of regeneration initiatives on housing affordability in Detroit. It analyzed how property tax abatements, housing subsidies and demand-side incentives can help to stabilize neighbourhoods and spur redevelopment activity, but also contribute to gentrification pressures and potential displacement.

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9th Annual IMFG Toronto City Manager’s Address: If Not Now When? A Whole of Government Approach to Recovery

November 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

What does Toronto and the region need to recover from COVID-19 and build back stronger? How can we build on recent successes and continue to address and overcome the constraints and barriers that have historically limited effective intergovernmental and intersectoral collaboration? What will partnership look like across the GTHA?

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October 2020

Global Check-Up: How Has COVID-19 Affected Municipal Fiscal Health?

October 26, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Many Canadian municipalities have taken hits to their budgets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But what has the effect been on municipalities around the world? Have municipalities in different countries fared better than others? What accounts for any differences? What needs to be done to ensure municipalities bounce back?

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Municipal Finance and COVID-19 in Canada: What Comes Next?

October 14, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This panel examined the continued impact of COVID-19 on municipal finance. How are municipalities preparing for their 2021 budgets? What impacts are they anticipating from COVID-19? What steps are needed at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels to safeguard the fiscal health of municipalities?

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September 2020

A City for All: Achieving More Inclusive Municipal Governance in Toronto

September 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Over the last several months, Toronto’s fissures and inequalities have been put on display. Protests against police brutality and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism have once again highlighted the systemic racism that undergirds many of the city’s key institutions, all while COVID-19 has disproportionately affected areas of the city with large racialized and newcomer populations. These events have sparked many important conversations about policy gaps, such as the need for more race-based data, and policy solutions, such as calls to defund…

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April 2020

How Will Local Governments Deal With The COVID Cash Crunch?

April 30, 2020 @ 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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