Work began on the first Central event by recruiting an advisory board and venue for what would become the #CityBuildingNow event in July.
In the months between, 11 expert speakers were recruited to bring their perspectives on urban issues like transit, housing, policing and politics.
June 7 - The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, won a majority government with 76 of the 124 seats in the legislature. The Ontario New Democratic Party, led by Andrea Horwath, formed the Official Opposition. (wikipedia
On July 21, 2018, the first Central event takes place in Toronto's Junction area. Seventy-five residents engaged in a full day of learning and discussion with experts from academia, community groups and more.
Speakers include Jonathan English of Columbia University, Prof. Tricia Wood of York University, Cheryll Case, Ilana Altman of The Bentway, Julius Haag of University of Toronto, Kevin Vuong and many more.
Learn more about the #CityBuildingNow event
or download the reactions report
On July 27, 2018, the last day for candidate registration, former councillor and new Ontario Premier Doug Ford introduced the Better Local Government Act, also known as Bill 5.
The legislation requires that the Toronto city council align its municipal wards with those of the federal and provincial electoral ridings, thus reducing the size of Toronto's council from 47 to 25 wards. Each council member would serve an area representing an average of 111,000 residents. (wikipedia
Central Talks at The Bentway hosts its first of three events. On Sept. 18, residents gathered underneath the bents for a warm evening of discussing Toronto's vertical communities and their impact on our lives.
Speakers included Tai Huynh from TheLocal.to, Annely Zonena and Julie Bogdanowicz from the City of Toronto and rapper Cadence Weapon.
Central was among the first groups to make use of The Bentway's Strachan Gate area, which was unveiled only weeks earlier.
See an overview of our three events that comprised Central Talks at The Bentway
Heading inside the Fort York Visitors Centre for Sept. 25
and Oct. 2
, we discussed community building and social justice with speakers like Carolyn Kim of Pembina Institute, Justine Yu of Living Hyphen Magazine, Jennifer Hiseler of Human Space and Ryan Adamson of York University.
Central Talks at The Bentway attracted more than 120 people over three evenings.
Oct. 22 - Municipal Election - Incumbent Mayor John Tory was re-elected for a second term, defeating former Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat with 63.49% of the vote. Tory won all of Toronto’s 25 wards. (wikipedia
Partnering with CP Planning, Central co-hosted the Housing In Focus report launch and community panel
at CSI Spadina on November 20. The event gathered residents, activists and experts interested in learning the results of months of community consultation on housing as a human right.
In March 2019, Central will host another full-day event building on the experience of a full year of bringing experts analysis of urban issues to residents.
Now in the planning stages, there's no better time to get involved in our next event as an advisor, speaker
or partner and help make this new event the best it can be. You can read all about the planning here
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