Over the last year, a series of controversial provincial decisions affecting Toronto’s Council size, budget, and transit system offer a reminder of the power that provinces have over municipalities in this country.
As a result, an old debate has emerged about whether the City of Toronto should have more power and autonomy over its own affairs. As part of this debate, some have proposed that Toronto should pursue a city charter that gives it specific powers, roles, and responsibilities that cannot be changed by higher orders of government.
On November 28, four experts on local governance and constitutional law will examine arguments and evidence in this debate: Does Toronto need more powers? Would giving the city more powers solve the current inter-governmental challenges? Are charters the most effective and feasible way to give Toronto more permanent powers? Copies of Shaping the Metropolis
will be available for purchase.
, Assistant Professor, Director, Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance, Western UniversityPatricia Wood
, Professor, Department of Geography, York UniversityKristin Good
, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie UniversityBruce Ryder
, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
5:00 – 5:30pm: Registration/ Book Sales/ Networking
5:30 – 6:40pm: Program begins
6:40 – 6:55pm: Audience Q&A
7:00pm: Event concludes