5 October: Metropolitan Agora 2015 – ‘Building Together the Future of Greater Montreal’

The next Metropolitan Agora (link only in French) will be held Monday, 5th October 2015 with the theme: ‘Building Together the Future of Greater Montreal’. The establishment of a Metropolitan Agora is one of the monitoring measures included in the Metropolitan Plan of Urban Planning and Development (PMAD). The participation, through the Metropolitan Agora, of civil society in the follow-up to PMAD is a new element as compared to usual practices in urban planning.

Habitat 3: Montréal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas

The Montréal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas will be held in preparation for the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in Quito in 2016. On October 6 and 7, 2015, more than 500 stakeholders of the international community will gather in Montréal to discuss ‘The New Urban Agenda for the 21st Century’ and to adopt the Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan Areas.

“The Right to a Place, the Right to the City” – The CCA presents the SAAL process: housing in Portugal 1974–1976

An exhibition documenting the pioneering experiment that empowered architects and citizens to create housing with a place in the city.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76 from 12 May until 4 October 2015. It is the first major exhibition documenting SAAL, a pioneering political and architectural experiment designed to address extreme housing shortages and degrading living conditions. Named the Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (SAAL), meaning Local Ambulatory Support Service, this government initiative deployed architects across Portugal to develop housing solutions that gave the underprivileged a place in the city.

Its ambitious and idealistic character reflected the revolutionary spirit following the 1974 coup that ended the authoritarian Estado Novo regime. The newly created democratic government guaranteed financial support to enable a bottom-up social process joining architects with neighbourhood associations and citizens. The architects led technical teams (known as brigades) that designed projects with the residents rather than for them. SAAL resulted in 170 projects involving more than 40,000 families during its short period of only 26 months.

The Right of Initiative – Public Consultation: Montreal announces a public consultation on reducing the energy dependence on fossil fuels

Montreal, June 30, 2015 – The Mayor of the City of Montreal, Denis Coderre, has confirmed the organization of a public consultation on fossil fuels and on possible municipal initiatives that could reduce Montreal’s dependence on fossil fuels. This mandate given to the Office of Public Consultation will enable this organization to prepare this consultation over the summer so that it can be conducted in the Fall of 2015. Please see the French version of this page for more information.

Panel Discussion and Screening: ‘Housing Justice and the Right to the City: Hamburg, Barcelona and Montreal’

You are invited to attend the first meeting of ‘The Right to the City – Montreal’. Panel Discussion: Housing Justice and the Right to the City: Hamburg, Barcelona and Montreal.

With the spectres of real estate speculation and corporate driven profits dominating our cities, gentrification and higher rents are displacing poor, migrant and homeless people. What can we do about this? In Hamburg and Barcelona, residents are organizing and, through protests and squatting, successfully fighting for their right to housing. The panel brings two speakers from these cities to share their experiences, preceded by a screening of an interesting documentary, ‘Si Se Puede: Seven Days in PAH Barcelona’. The screening and the panel will be in English with whispered French translation.

PROGRAMME:

1pm: Film Screening

230pm: Lunch provided

3pm: Panel Discussion

Alternatives: 3720 Ave du Parc, 2nd Floor. Cnr of Pine Ave.

FLORIAN KASISKE is an activist from the Right to the City Network Hamburg, a network uniting more than 60 initiatives including social centers, neighborhood initiatives against displacement and ecologist groups.

SANTI MAS DE XAXAS FAUS is a Barcelona activist with the PAH (‘Platform for those affected by Mortgages’), a citizen’s movement considered the most successful housing justice organization in Europe.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/370052499851029/

Minutes of the Round Table of February 3, 2015: Municipal taxation – New tools for municipal Financing

At the invitation of the Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM), some thirty Montreal stakeholders met on February 3, 2015 to discuss tax issues, municipal and alternative modes of financing for Quebec municipalities in general, and for the city in particular.

In the form of open discussion, the exchanges allowed participants from different backgrounds to compare their perception of the problem and their ideas. The discussion focused on the advantages and disadvantages of property taxes and alternative financing, the special case of Montreal and the means to achieve the city you want in the long term. In the coming months, the status of Montreal will be reviewed by the Quebec government to give it more powers and diversify its sources of revenue. The report will lead to the production of an IPAM thesis on the subject to guide the organization in its participation in future discussions.

Here is the report of the round table: Table-ronde_3février2015_compte-rendu1

Click here to download the minutes.

And here is a detailed outline of a brief from IPAM on the adoption of a special status for Montreal in April 2015: Mémoire-IPAM-Fiscalité-municipale.canevas.27fév

Click here to download the brief.

(Translate these documents for IPAM)

Round Table of February 3, 2015 :: Municipal Taxation: new tools for municipal funding

Proud of the success of its previous round tables, the Institute for Policy Alternatives of Montreal (IPAM) invites you to save the date of its next round table, which will be about municipal taxation, the various financing tools available to your cities and their impacts on urban planning. This meeting will be held in the offices of Rayside Labossière, 1215 Ontario St. East (Montreal); Tuesday, February 3, 2015, from 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm in an informal “5 à 7” context.

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Click here to download the invitation.

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Click here to download this report.

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Click here to download the presentation.

(Translate these documents for IPAM)

On the Road to Fiscal Autonomy: Forms of Alternative Financing of the Property Taxes of the Municipalities of Quebec

Today, cities are still claiming alternative sources of revenue from property taxes to support the expenses of their many responsibilities. In order to participate in the dialogue on municipal taxation, this report provides an understanding of the sources of revenue of local governments in different countries. It is intended to reveal alternatives to property taxes that Quebec municipalities depend on economically unsustainable.

Report produced for the Institute of Alternative Policies in Montreal and written by Stéphanie Gagnon-Laberge. 

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Click here to download the report.