Toronto's Urban Issues Conference
July 21, 2018
now for Central Talks at The Bentway! Weekly events start Sept. 18.
Central is a non-partisan, expert-led conference about improving Toronto's communities by examining systemic urban and civic issues like transit, housing, policing and politics.
Attendees will hear from urban leaders, be better informed for the municipal election, learn about the best ways to drive change in their communities and create a better city.
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Location - 86 Miller Street
Our venue is a beautiful gallery and event space at 86 Miller Street near St. Keele and St. Clair Ave West.
Via bicycle: Coming from the south, the railpath is a great way to reach the venue by bicycle or on foot.
Via public transit: The St. Clair Ave streetcar makes frequent trips. Disembark at Old Weston Road and head south on Ford Street. It's a 7-minute walk from St. Clair Ave.
Learn more on the Register page.
Building Transit Demand In Toronto With Regional Rail
Toronto was once a model city in North America for attracting people to transit. This session will examine what happened how the region forgot what made it successful. Learn More
Creating Public Spaces In Urban Environments
Ilana will provide an overview of the planning process and programming goals driving The Bentway's ambitious urban project. She will discuss the growing demand for programming in the public sphere that can unite communities and inform development.Learn More
How Police Policies Impact A Changing Toronto
The Toronto Police Service faces many issues, including a growing backlash over high-profile cases of police brutality, resistance to the practice of 'carding' and much more. This session will ask what might be done to reform the TPS.Learn More
Urban Land Use, Mobility and Citizenship: Making the Connections
How the city plans its land use determines the nature of that mobility: how far and by what mode of travel people have to move to meet their daily needs of employment, education, shopping, services and recreation.Learn More
Creating Space For Consensus In The King Street Pilot Debate
As Toronto continues to change, debates will rage about bike lanes, gentrification, public housing and more. Kevin will describe how he framed these discussions to find consensus and meet neighbours in a productive context.Learn More
People and Place: Investigating Housing Trends and Demographics Over Time
A discussion on the changing demographics of Toronto and how City building has served different members of the City. Learn More
Panel: Making Housing Affordable In The GTA
This panel will discuss what can and should be done to make Toronto a permanent home for more people. It will examine factors like housing supply, rent control, zoning, speculation as well as alternative forms of ownership.Learn More
Making Cities Flourish
We know we cannot continue to build cities the way we’ve been doing so. We need to imagine where our cities will need to be 10, 20 or 50 years from now to ensure they are, and continue to be, inclusive, sustainable and low-carbon.Learn More
Limited quantity only $45
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Take Action Pitch Sessions
Morning Coffee & Tea
Housing & Affordability
How are retail estate development and planning impacting Toronto's growth?
How can we spur politicians to address urban issues rather than maintain the status quo?
The current system of transportation in Toronto is a not sustainable. How can it be improved now and in the future?
As the city grows, how can police policies create a better and more equal city?