Search Results for: Forum Paper

Forum Paper | 2018

Legacies of the Megacity: Toronto’s Amalgamation 20 Years Later

In 1998, Metropolitan Toronto and its six lower-tier municipalities – Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, East York, and York – were amalgamated to form the new City of Toronto. The decision to amalgamate was controversial. Proponents argued that streamlining service delivery would yield major cost savings for the city and its residents. Opponents claimed that eliminating Metro’s lower-tier municipalities would diminish the quality of democratic representation.
Find out more »
Forum Paper | 2018

Promise and Peril in the Smart City

In the past few years, a growing numbers of urbanists, planners, technology companies, and governance experts have started to use the term “smart city.” Some define smart cities in terms of using emerging and established technologies to improve the performance of municipal systems. Others take a more expansive view that embeds these new systems in a broader vision of urban regions characterized by innovation-based economic activity, a highly educated labour force, and policy-making that leverages these new technologies to confront stubborn urban problems.
Find out more »
Forum Paper | 2018

Finding Common Ground: Interlocal Cooperation in Canada

A range of municipalities are considering or already using interlocal agreements in a variety of policy areas. Canadian municipalities with such agreements generally report high levels of satisfaction with them. Surprisingly, however, we find less cooperation between Canadian municipalities than we find in other parts of the world.
Find out more »
Forum Paper | 2016

Participatory Budgeting: The Practice and the Potential

Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Several Canadian cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. This Forum paper describes participatory budgeting efforts in Toronto and elsewhere.
Find out more »
Forum Paper | 2015

Requiem for an Institution: The End of the Indian Planning Commission

The Indian Government’s decision to dissolve the Central Planning Commission in August 2014 marks an important watershed for India’s current government. This paper examines the newly established National Institution for Transforming India Aayog and its implications for India’s development policies.
Find out more »
Search Within Results
Recent News

Upcoming Events

  1. Metropolitan Governance: Future Necessity or Misplaced Dream?

    September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Follow Us on Twitter
Join Our Mailing List
* indicates required