RyersonSpecial Presentations

Bridging Divides: What Can Cities Do?

By May 13, 2015 No Comments

Ryerson CBI convenes urban experts and GTA mayors to bridge divides

In a unique public forum held by the Ryerson CBI, three GTA mayors joined urban experts to propose strategies aimed at bridging the growing divides in our cities.

Six interdisciplinary teams presented solutions that would help bridge divides in transit, income polarization, immigration and identity, housing affordability, access to services and political culture. The ideas were then field tested a moderated discussion led by Ryerson CBI Director – External, Anne Golden, with mayors Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga), Steve Parish (Ajax) and John Tory (Toronto).

A special thanks to all our participants

Anne Golden, Director – External, Ryerson University

Keynote speaker:
Michael Cooke, Editor, Toronto Star

Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga
Steve Parish, Mayor of Ajax
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

Access to Services theme:
Kathryn Church, Ryerson University
Michele Lupa, Mothercraft
Samir Sinha, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Shahil Thomas, United Way Toronto

Housing Affordability theme:
John Brodhead, Evergreen CityWorks
Cherise Burda, Pembina Institute
Steven Webber, Ryerson University

Immigration and Identity theme:
Harald Bauder, Ryerson University
Parthi Kandavel, Toronto District School Board
Ratna Omidvar, Global Diversity Exchange

Income Polarization theme:
Susan McIsaac, United Way Toronto
Brennan S. Thompson, Ryerson University
Armine Yalnizyan, Centre for Policy Alternatives

Political Culture theme:
Kendall Anderson, Samara Canada
Dave Meslin, Artist and community catalyst
Myer Siemiatycki, Ryerson University
Zack Taylor, University of Toronto Scarborough

Transportation Deficit theme:
Joseph Chow, Ryerson University
Murtaza Haider, Ryerson University
Hilary Holden, Arup

Media Partner:
Toronto Star