May 23: Public talk about municipal autonomy in Toronto

In tandem with the launch of my new book, Shaping the Metropolis, I will be giving a talk hosted by the Toronto Public Library entitled “Who Runs Toronto? Provincial Control or More Autonomy for Toronto?” Come one, come all!

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:30–7:30 p.m. 
Runnymede branch

Here’s the description:

Toronto and other Canadian cities seem caught in a straight-jacket of provincial control, powerless to solve their own problems. The Ontario government has shown that it can do whatever it wants to the city, whenever it wants, including reducing the size of Toronto’s council in mid-election and rearranging municipal powers and boundaries.

Presenting his new book, Shaping the Metropolis, Zack Taylor explains the historical development of the relationship between provincial and municipal governments in Canada and compares it to the relationship between state and local governments in the United States. He argues that, over the past century, provincial intervention has saved Canadian cities from many of the problems that plague American cities. In this talk, Taylor will put the Ontario-Toronto relationship in its historical and comparative perspective and talk about how we, as citizens and voters, should think about provincial authority and local autonomy in the future.

For more information, visit the TPL website.