Where Are We Going? Public Transit and Racial Equity in Toronto

Scarlett Jones Overt institutional racism may no longer be socially acceptable in Canada, as it was during the days of the Chinese head tax, yet it has certainly proven to be persistent. Racial inequities continue to exist along institutional fault lines. For example, there is a disproportionate correlation between race and poverty, with visible minorities…

A Little Bit Goes a Long Way in City Building

Max Greenwald City building is the confluence of policies, politics, institutions, inputs, and circumstances required to create a thriving city. City building is multi-faceted and aspirational, but too often we only talk about the big, expensive, flashy parts of city building: the “big things.” City building has become increasingly important with the current majority of…

Seen and Heard: SPPG’s Karim Bardeesy on Pioneering Policy Change

Navdeep Johal “Getting on the dance floor.” According to SPPG Instructor Karim Bardeesy, that’s what second-year MPP students will be doing in his and Professor Ian Clark’s course Leading Change and Getting Things Done. The hands-on class is designed around the central conceit of challenging students to undertake a project that affects real change in…