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Video | 2019

Bold Ideas, Bold Action: Next Steps for the GTHA

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. In this video, four of these leaders discuss their bold ideas.
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Video | 2019

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

Transit presents unique challenges for metropolitan regions. These varied demands raise important governance questions in tightly connected metropolitan regions: who should make transit decisions? Who should run the system? Who should pay for it? In this video, Michael Schabas, Patricia Wood, and Joe Berridge explore how different cities and regions around the world have confronted these questions.
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Video | 2018

Behind the City Beat: A Pre-Election Media Panel

What are the policy issues that matter in the 2018 Ontario municipal election? What goes into covering the city hall press beat? On October 2, 2018, IMFG and School of Cities assembled a panel of journalists who explored how they cover municipal elections, which policy issues matter most, and how to adapt and stay relevant in the changing media landscape.
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Video | 2018

Toronto: The Accidental Metropolis

Toronto is evolving with a style and character unique in the world, widely recognized for its livability. Now its economic power and its critical and largely successful function as a crucible of immigrant settlement is becoming more and more evident. Remarkably, the emergence of Canada’s cities on the world stage, and Toronto’s rise to the top dozen in global status, has been largely accidental. How did this happen?
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Video | 2018

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

This video features a panel discussion held on March 27, 2018, on the challenges and opportunities of the 1998 Toronto Amalgamation.  Speakers include Shirley Hoy (former City Manager, City of Toronto), John Matheson (former Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing), Alexandra Flynn (Assistant Professor, University of Toronto), Zack Taylor (Assistant Professor, Western University), and Enid Slack (event moderator, Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance).
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Video | 2018

Promise and Peril in the Smart City: Local Government in the Age of Digital Urbanism

This video features a panel event convened on January 25, 2018 on the implications of ‘smart’ innovations for local governments. Speakers include Tracey Cook (Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto), Pamela Robinson (Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University), Peter Sloly (Partner and National “Security & Justice” Lead, Deloitte), Zac Spicer (Visiting Researcher, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance), and John Lorinc (event moderator, Senior Editor, Spacing).
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Video | 2017

6th Annual City Manager's Address: Video

On October 26, Peter joined IMFG to discuss how the City of Toronto can address 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 capacity is needed to deliver on Council’s visions for future investments?
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