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November 2021

10th Annual IMFG Toronto City Manager’s Address

November 23, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

For the tenth annual IMFG City Manager's Address, Chris Murray spoke to the urgency of a whole-of-community and whole-of-government approach to tackle the precursors of homelessness before the downstream consequences and costs multiply for all orders of government.

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Development Charges and Housing Affordability: A False Dichotomy?

November 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On November 10, Adam Found reviewed the findings from his new paper for IMFG, which examines the connection between municipal development charges and housing affordability.

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Indigenous-Municipal Relations in Canada: Where Do We Stand?

November 4, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Working from their recently released paper for IMFG, Doug Anderson and Alexandra Flynn looked at how Indigenous-municipal relations could move forward in a reciprocal and respectful manner.

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October 2021

A Self-Help Approach: Urban Design in Accra’s Informal Settlements

October 27, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellow Andrew Wang provided a number of examples of self-help cases from an informal settlement in Accra, Ghana, to highlight how they have built up the settlers’ daily public spaces. Wang argued that this kind of urban design represents a social movement that strengthens community norms and helps lead to political and social change.

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July 2021

A Negotiated Approach: Evaluating Affordable Housing Outcomes from Section 37 Agreements (1988-2018)

July 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On July 13, IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellow Julie Mah presented preliminary findings from her research on Section 37 agreements from 1988 to 2018 that contain affordable housing benefits to understand the housing outcomes achieved through Toronto’s negotiated and incentive-based approach.

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May 2021

Property Taxes: Effective, But Regressive? A Review of the Evidence

May 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Fellow Devin Bissky Dziadyk reviewed the decades of research on the property tax, and provided new estimates of the incidence of the tax in Canada. Most estimates suggest that the property tax is regressive. If so, what does the regressivity of the property tax imply for cities, and do we need to reform the property tax to make it fairer?

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April 2021

Local Implications of a National Housing Strategy: The Case of Toronto

April 27, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Fellow James Ankers examined the implications for Toronto of recent national re-engagement in housing policy. He analyzed major elements of the National Housing Strategy, assessed how it differs from previous housing policy efforts, and explored the new policy tools and approaches the federal government is using to engage local partners in the development and management of new housing stock.

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March 2021

Taking Flight: The Role of Airports in Thriving City Regions

March 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This webinar looked at the following questions: What role do airports play in ensuring thriving and prosperous city regions? How will that change following the COVID-19 crisis? How can governments at all levels work together to make sure airports are fully integrated within their regions and continue to succeed as economic hubs?

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February 2021

Inclusionary Zoning: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Toronto

February 23, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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