Making a difference in Toronto

I’m about to start an eight-week course at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. It’s called “Making a Difference in Toronto,” and as far as I’m aware, spaces are still available.

“We will start,” the course description says, “by discussing how conflicting interests can get in the way of enhancing city life: neighbourhood protection versus affordable housing, parking versus speeding up auto traffic, supporting the arts versus keeping property taxes down. We will discuss whether conflicting interests can be reconciled to form a coherent vision to be used when dealing with city officials and developers… We will look at the real world of urban planning and city politics… We will examine past citizen campaigns such as saving the Oak Ridges Moraine, shaping the Dufferin triangle and killing plans for an inner expressway grid. We will revisit, briefly, the amalgamation of Toronto and discuss how citizen participation has changed… What kind of urban democracy is this?”

If that sounds like something you might want to get involved in, then feel free to check out the listing and register online today.

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