Thank you, Canada! You heard the We Are Cities call to action and responded by standing up for your cities.
On October 8th we hosted We Are Cities Day with conversations taking place in over ten cities across the country: Calgary, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, St. John’s, Toronto and Trois Rivieres. The core question we were asking: did we hear you correctly?! Based on all of the content gathered to date – from dozens of roundtables, online and from key stakeholders – we designed a process for you to help us further define what our cities need. Thanks to everyone who participated in WAC Day and our first set of roundtables, we’re distilling your feedback now and drafting the Cities Action Agenda.
In the meantime, we wanted to share a little of what we heard. Out of the 5 Big Opportunities that We Are Cities articulated, Power and Revenue seemed to resonate the most. From transforming community engagement, to increased Federal expenditures on transit, housing and public space, we got lots of great feedback. And it seems like not only did we hear you correctly but we’ve also sparked a different kind of conversation – a conversation now taking place nationally, city to city and of course locally.
On WAC Day in particular the conversations were not limited to local roundtables. We also connected coast to coast on Twitter. National Tweet-ups were hosted in both English and in French and in total the hashtag #WACDay had 765 Tweets and 190 contributors.
Here’s a sampling of what people had to say about the Big Opportunities:
About Local Challenges:
And testaments to the campaign:
The We Are Cities campaign was a great success. 75 roundtables were hosted in 33 cities and WAC engaged over 2,500 people. None of this would have been possible without the help of our partners, convenors, roundtable hosts and participants. So THANK YOU ALL! And stay tuned for the release of the We Are Cities Action Agenda in the coming months.