I’m reaching out to extend a special invitation to you to join a roundtable on the future of Canadian cities. Cities for People and the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre are proud to be working in partnership with We Are Cities, which is a campaign to create a new vision and action plan for how we can build more livable cities – vibrant, healthy, and welcoming places for all Canadians to live, work and enjoy.
Canada’s future quality of life and prosperity are directly tied to the health and vitality of our cities. For too long decision-makers have ignored our urban areas – implementing policies that fail to reflect our needs, from transit to housing to economic opportunities. Today, about 80% of Canadians live in urban areas. Whether in the city centre, a suburb, or in a rural area nearby, we all benefit when our cities work.
We are keen to bring together a group of civic- minded students to generate a set of ideas that will be put forward for the visioning process of the campaign, which will feed into an action plan for a national agenda for cities.
Convening a group of students from different institutions is also a great opportunity to find commonalities and complementarities as we collectively work to make our city thrive.
This campaign needs your help, and we would be so happy if you would join us for a roundtable.
The goals of these roundtables are to
- bring together engaged residents working to improve Montreal
- find new opportunities for participation in policy-making
- increase awareness of and connect local projects
- create ownership for the changes we need in Montreal
- build momentum for a national agenda for cities
- and whatever else you’re keen to discuss!
Who: This roundtable is co-hosted by Cities for People and the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre
When: Friday, April 10, 2015, 2-5pm
Where: The Montreal Urban Ecology Centre, located at 3516 Parc Ave., Montreal, H2X 2H7
Transit: Métro Place-des-Arts, Bleury exit (5 minutes walk); #80 Parc bus; nearest stop is at Parc/Milton (1 minute walk)
Please note that this roundtable will be bilingual.
There will be a coffee and snack break!
Feel free to contact Sarah with any questions or specific themes you’d like to discuss.