City Institute explores Toronto’s electoral politics in seminar, Sept. 21

The City Institute at York University CITY

A discussion on Toronto electoral politics and political infrastructure will take place Sept. 21 when the City Institute at York University (CITY) presents The City Seminar event “Progress Toronto:
 A Conversation About Toronto and its Upcoming Municipal Elections in the Doug Ford Era.”

The City Seminar is an interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present.

The event will include a panel presentation from Michal Hay (founding board member and executive director of Progress Toronto), and a panel discussion with York University Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) Professors Roger Keil and Stefan Kipfer, and Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS) Professor Patricia Wood (Department of Geography). The discussion will be moderated by LA&PS Professor Dennis Pilon (Department of Politics), an expert in elections and democratic reform.

It takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in 305 York Lanes.

The discussion during The City Seminar will explore: the current state of electoral politics in the City of Toronto; the upcoming municipal elections in Toronto; the key political issues facing Toronto; how to achieve and advocate for a democratic, socially just and progressive city; and how to mobilize and engage voters in Toronto decision making.

It offers an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the current challenges of Toronto’s electoral process, as well as what Torontonians can do to ensure that city politics are moving in a progressive direction and align with social justice efforts.

Progress Toronto is a not-for-profit organization that advocates and organizes for a more democratic, socially just and progressive city. Progress Toronto works with people, community, organizations, and movements to connect people to democratic power through mobilization and engagement in decision making at Toronto City Hall. It also works to increase transparency and accountability at City Hall by sharing how councillors are voting on key issues and, in some cases, who is lobbying them.

Everyone is welcome to attend.