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Start:
September 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
End:
October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-talks-at-the-bentway-tickets-49565426525

Organizers

The Bentway Conservancy
Central Events

Central Talks by Central Events

September 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Free

Central is Toronto’s urban issues conference series. Central will be presenting a series of talks at The Bentway delving into past, present, and future urban issues. Topics are meant to be evocative, exploring alternate histories, potential futures, and fanciful ideas like “what If Toronto continued affordable housing trends from the 1970s?”

September 18: Vertical Living In The City

High-density areas like condos towers have changed how residents live. What if we build around their needs?

Session 1 – 6:00pm-6:30pm

What If Neighbourhoods Were Built For Health?
With Tai Huynh, Editor-In-Chief, The Local
As Toronto’s reputation as a prosperous, globally-relevant metropolis grows, the city’s lurking poverty and growing socio-economic divisions are too often ignored. The Local (www.thelocal.to) is an urban health magazine that tells smart, in-depth stories that bring out the unique characteristics of different parts of Toronto, gives voice to those who are marginalized and unheard, and ignites conversations about how Toronto can be a world-class city for all. In this talk, editor-in-chief Tai Huynh will draw from The Local’s body of writing to bring into sharp focus the forces that are ailing Torontonians in different neighbourhoods, and what people are doing about it.

Session 2 – 6:30pm-7:00pm
What If Vertical Communities Were Built For Families?
With Julie Bogdanowicz, Architect & Urban Designer at City of Toronto and Annely Zonena, Senior Planner at City Of Toronto
The City Of Toronto’s Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities study focused on improving the livability for families in vertical communities by focusing on three levels of development: the neighbourhood, building and unit. The objective of the study is that developments deliver family-friendly elements to increase liveability for larger households at each scale. This session will focus on the lived experience of people in vertical communities sharing the study’s research and conclusions and how they impact families.

Session 3 – 7:00pm-7:30pm
What If High Rise Living Is Changing Us?
With Cadence Weapon, Rapper & Producer
The buildings and communities that we live in shape our lifestyle, friendships, and perspectives. As more high density areas are constructed, these communities are shaping Toronto and its residents. What impact is high-rise living having on the people that inhabit CityPlace, Liberty Village and similar neighbourhoods? Cadence Weapon explored the the social impact of high density vertical communities in his song High Rise (produced by PIQUE) and music video, directed by Lester Millado. Based on his own experience finding a home in Toronto, Cadence Weapon describes the competitive race to secure housing and a dystopian lifestyle of missed connections and mass consumption.

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September 25: Building Communities

Toronto’s communities are always evolving in locations and demographics. What if we could support them better?

Session 1 – 6:00pm-6:30pm
What If More Neighbourhoods Were Designed For Inclusive Space?
With Ryan Adamson, M.A., York University
Toronto is often touted as a bastion of inclusivity and diversity – a place where everyone is welcome. However, if we take a deeper look, is this true? This session will trouble and complicate Toronto’s LGBTQ2I past and present. It will expose how the Village emerged as a commercial centre rather than a political one and will discuss the exclusions that exist within this “diverse” space. Come challenge the way you think about Toronto as a tolerant city and imagine a queerer more inclusive future.

Session 2 – 6:30pm-7:00pm
What If All Communities Could Be Steps Away from Rapid Transit?
With Carolyn Kim, Director, City Building at Pembina Institute
What if we, collectively, could transform our neighbourhoods to be even more livable, vibrant, and sustainable places to live, work and play? What if everyone had the choice to walk 10 minutes to hop on reliable and frequent rapid transit to get to/from work or school? And even better, what if homes around transit were affordable to all? In this talk, Carolyn Kim will draw on the research that the Pembina Institute is doing to show why we need to keep pushing for even more community development around transit. But don’t just take it from her, this is an opportunity to say what your vision is for our cities, today and tomorrow.

Session 3 – 7:00pm-7:30pm
What If Toronto’s Diaspora Were Better Represented In Media?
With Justine Abigail Yiu, Founder & Editor, Living Hyphen
Toronto’s neighbourhoods are full of diverse groups of people from around the globe. What if we turned up the volume on voices from underrepresented communities?

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October 2: Social Justice In Toronto

Toronto faces unique problems to create a fair society. What if we made justice a priority?

Session 1 – 6:00pm-6:30pm
Information to come

Session 2 – 6:30pm-7:00pm
What If Public Consultation Was Always Meaningful?
With Nicole Swerhun
What if public consultation was always meaningful? Always real? And always inspired our confidence in the abilities of communities and governments to work together to ensure our city is a reflection of what we value? Using both pools in schools and the Port Lands as examples (two valuable public assets in Toronto!), this talk explores what happened when communities inserted themselves into the public consultation process and, working with the school board and the City respectively, influenced results that were dramatically different than the original path proposed. Discussion will follow – focusing on what participants think is critical to keeping public consultation useful and real.

Session 3 – 7:00pm-7:30pm
Information to come

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Part of The Bentway’s 2018 Community Incubation Program


About
Central is Toronto’s Urban Issues conference series.

Speakers will bring their expert perspectives and research to describe ways to address civic issues like housing, transportation, policing and politics.

The goal of the series is to create an environment of education and enlightenment about systemic and political issues.

Central does not endorse political candidates. Instead, we focus on forward-looking, people- and data-driven initiatives that will improve Toronto’s long-term livability.

Central was created by Ben Myers, a Parkdale resident and conference organizer.

DETAILS

Start:
September 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
End:
October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
,

Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-talks-at-the-bentway-tickets-49565426525

Organizers

The Bentway Conservancy
Central Events