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Presentation | 2022

A New Engagement: Incorporating Newcomers into GTA Planning Processes

On April 26, IMFG Graduate Fellow Shervin Ghaem-Maghami examined how selected municipalities in the GTA are engaging immigrants in planning decisions, and how such public participation activities can be improved to most meaningfully draw upon the strengths and adapt to the needs of newcomer communities.
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Presentation | 2022

How Has the Pandemic Impacted Global Cities? Some Evidence from London, Paris, and Toronto

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on global cities in particular. Many of the assets of global cities – connectivity, proximity, agglomeration – almost overnight proved also to be vulnerabilities. As cities emerge from the pandemic into the economic recovery phase, their underlying strengths are re-emerging. But cities will need to adapt and adjust to address some of the changes that have resulted from the pandemic, particularly regarding urban inequalities. In this presentation, Professor Mark Kleinman of King’s College London discussed these issues with a particular focus on London UK, but drawing also on comparative evidence.
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Presentation | 2021

10th Annual IMFG Toronto City Manager’s Address

In this presentation for the tenth annual IMFG City Manager 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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Presentation | 2021

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

In this presentation, IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellow Hsi-Chuan 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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Presentation | 2021

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

This presentation by Graduate Fellow, James Ankers, examined the implications for Toronto of recent national re-engagement in housing policy. It analyzed major elements of the National Housing Strategy 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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