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February 2022

Data Dilemmas: Municipalities and Smart-City Technology

February 16, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On February 16, 2022, a panel of academics and practitioners examined the growing smart city industry and the advancement of data-intensive public infrastructure in Canada.

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Municipalities and the Platform Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?

February 1, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On February 1, 2022, a panel of academics and practitioners looked at the future of the relationship between municipalities and the platform economy. Looking at examples from across the country the panel examined questions including: What trends around the platform economy are lasting, which are short term? What new regulation is needed? Are new taxation models or user fee frameworks needed?

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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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