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Alan Broadbent at This Is Not A Reading Series

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Alan Broadbent at This Is Not A Reading Series
When

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:30pm

Where

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Details

Do cities deserve an equal seat at the governing table alongside their provincial and federal counterparts? To celebrate the launch of his highly anticipated book, Urban Nation, Alan Broadbent will have a lively on-stage conversation about such urban issues with Toronto Mayor David Miller and Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star. – A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, HarperCollins Canada and EYE WEEKLY. At the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto. Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. (doors 6:30 p.m.) free.

Urban NationHow can we maximize our existing economic, cultural and social structures, as well as reconnect people to their government and sense of nationhood? In his highly anticipated book Urban Nation: Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, Alan Broadbent argues that the most efficacious solution to these challenges is to give cities an equal seat alongside their federal and provincial counterparts at the governing table. Why? City-level government is the body citizens encounter most regularly and the one that most influences their lives. Cities generate a disproportionate amount of the country’s wealth and are home to the vast majority of Canada’s populace, yet they are hamstrung by a lack of financial and governing clout with which to exercise any real control of their destinies. Broadbent builds his case by examining the now ubiquitous “New Deal For Cities” as well as European and American models of urban reform. Urban Nation is bound to be as popular as it is controversial amongst all Canadians who are concerned about the future of our cities.

ALAN BROADBENT is chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation, a private investment holding company that also initiates and funds various civic engagement projects to strengthen public discourse on sustaining civil society, including the Jane Jacobs Prize and Ideas That Matter. He is also chairman of the Maytree Foundation, which is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada, and its offshoot, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. Alan Broadbent sits on a number of other boards, including the Tides Foundation (Canada), The Literary Review of Canada and the Agora Foundation. He lives in Toronto.

CHRISTOPHER HUME is a widely respected journalist who has written about many cultural and political issues during his long and distinguished career. Hume is currently the Urban Affairs and Architecture critic at The Toronto Star.

Location

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

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