Over the last several months, Toronto’s fissures and inequalities have been put on display. Protests against police brutality and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism have once again highlighted the systemic racism that undergirds many of the city’s key institutions, all while COVID-19 has disproportionately affected racialized residents.
These events have sparked many important conversations about policy gaps, such as the need for more race-based data, and policy solutions, such as calls to defund the police. They have also underlined what Brittany Andrew-Amofah, Alexandra Flynn, and Patricia Wood have called “the democratic deficits in local decision-making” – the fact that, too often, those most affected by policy changes, most dependent on public services, or most vulnerable to abuse and racism, are those least heard when decisions get made.
What changes need to be made to ensure all Torontonians are meaningfully engaged in the City’s decision making? How can the voices of racialized, newcomer, and Indigenous residents be firmly integrated into the City’s governance structures? On September 10, this panel will explore these questions and examine how Toronto can begin to address its divisions and build toward a more inclusive future.
Heather Dorries, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, cross-appointed to the Department of Geography and Planning and Centre for Indigenous Studies.
Anthony Morgan, lawyer and the Manager of the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Unit.
Devika Shah, Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto.
Patricia Wood, Professor of Geography at York University and a co-founder of its City Institute.
Brittany Andrew-Amofah, Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the Broadbent Institute.
Organized by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.
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