Miller, His Worship Mayor David
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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto.
A wave of optimism about cities. The opportunity to get a "new deal." The need for that new deal. The key pieces from Toronto's perspecdtive. Some comments about cities. Cities as the wealth of our nation. Consequences of inadequate investment in our cities, with examples. Some comparisons with the United States. The Strong Neighbourhoods Task Force. Assistance from the provincial and federal governments. A matter of mutual respect, and good government. Spending for impact. A couple of cautionary tales - when cities do not have a real seat at the table. An area where we absolutely have to do better in the future. Benefits ot having a seat at the table. Toronto's waterfront issues. Clarifying roles and commitments of various government bodies. Reviewing and improving the government model. The speaker's optimism for a new deal.