Far from being static, Canadian municipal law is in a period of transition. The legal scope of municipal authority has expanded over the past 25 years as most provinces have revised their general municipal acts and adopted special legal arrangements for major cities. However, while the trend has been toward greater autonomy, there are still … Continue reading New report: Comparing the legal powers of cities across Canada
Canada’s largest city is having an important debate about local autonomy. As one of North America’s largest and fastest growing cities, many argue that Toronto needs more money, more legal authority, and more discretion to respond to a multitude of pressures and crises. One solution, proposed by Charter City Toronto, is to enact a constitutionally … Continue reading A charter flight to … where?
I recently joined host Jeremy Warson to discuss Toronto governance and politics on the Urban Land Institute’s Electric Cities podcast. Drawing on my new book, Shaping the Metropolis, I explored the potential for greater municipal autonomy, arguing that Canadian advocates of big-city charters should be careful what they wish for and be clearer about what problem they … Continue reading Featured on ULI Electric Cities podcast
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, 20196:30–7:30 p.m. Runnymede branch Here’s the description: Toronto and other Canadian cities seem caught … Continue reading May 23: Public talk about municipal autonomy in Toronto
Populism is often viewed as a national-level phenomenon that pits a declining periphery against a cosmopolitan, economically successful metropolis. In a January 2019 paper published in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Dan Silver, Fernando Calderón-Figueroa and reveal the potential for the emergence of populist politics within the metropolis through an analysis of Rob Ford’s 2010 campaign and mayoralty in Toronto.
The City of Toronto is dangerously addicted to its land transfer tax. My proposal: redirect it to fund the capital budget.
In a recent article in Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion called “Ontario’s ‘Places That Don’t Matter’ Send a Message: The Fault Lines Dividing the Province are Getting Deeper”, I argue that the long-term changes in Ontario’s economy are driving political polarization on rural, small urban, and metropolitan lines.