The Right to Housing and the Right to the City: An Analysis from the Front Lines

Event location : Concordia University, Hall Building.

16th National Metropolis Conference Partnering for Success: Facilitating Integration and Inclusion

The National Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, representatives from community and settlement organizations to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement.

The 16th National Metropolis Conference will be held on March 12th-15th, 2014 at the Hilton Lac-Lemay, in Gatineau, Quebec.

The 2014 National Metropolis Conference will focus on future immigration trends and policies and the challenges and opportunities that they create for Canadian society. The conference will include plenary panels with distinguished speakers and workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and diversity.

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State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013 released today

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and the Canadian Homelessness Research Network released the first extensive Canadian report card on homelessness called State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013 today in Toronto. Highlights of the report include:

  • 200,000 different Canadians experience homelessness each year, with as many as 1.3 million experiencing homelessness in the last five years;
  • 30,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night;
  • for most homelessness is a very short, one time experience but between 4,000 to 8,000 Canadians are chronically homeless (long term homeless) and 6,000 to 22,000 are episodically homeless (experience repeated episodes of homelessness over a lifetime);
  • chronic and episodically homeless people (less than 15% of the total) take up more than 50% of the emergency shelter space in Canada; and,
  • homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7.05 billion per year.

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“The State of Homelessness provides a starting point to inform the development of a consistent, evidence-based approach towards ending homelessness.” says Professor Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network. “Our goal in developing this report was to both assess the breadth of the problem and to develop a methodology for national measurement”.

“The State of Homelessness also highlights where there has been some meaningful progress in Canada that proves homelessness is not an intractable problem,” added Tim Richter, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. “Homelessness can be solved and we have some excellent Canadian examples to follow.”

Among the examples of progress cited in the report are:

  • Vancouver’s 66% reduction in street homelessness since 2008
  • Edmonton’s 30% reduction in overall homelessness since 2008
  • Toronto’s 51% decrease in street homelessness since 2006
  • Alberta’s provincial plan to end homelessness and the 16% province-wide reduction since 2008
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick’s 30% reduction in emergency shelter use
  • The Mental Health Commission of Canada At Home/Chez Soi Housing First project in five Canadian cities
  • Renewal of the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy, refocused on Housing First

The State of Homelessness also offers six recommendations including:

  1. Communities should develop and implement clear plans to end homelessness, supported by all levels of government.
  2. All levels of government must work to increase the supply of affordable housing.
  3. Communities – and all levels of government – should embrace Housing First.
  4. Eliminating chronic and episodic homelessness should be prioritized.
  5. Ending Aboriginal Homelessness should be prioritized as both a distinct category of action and part of the overall strategy to end homelessness.
  6. Introduce more comprehensive data collection, performance monitoring, analysis and research.

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness will be hosting Canada’s first National Conference on Ending Homelessness October 28 to 30, 2013 in Ottawa at the Delta Ottawa Centre Hotel.

For more information on the conference, or to register visit

Invitation: August 21st 2013 – Montréal Development Plan (In French)

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L’Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal (IPAM) est heureux de vous inviter à une table-ronde ayant pour sujet le Plan de développement de Montréal.

Cette rencontre se tiendra dans les bureaux de Rayside Labossière, au 1215 rue Ontario est (Montréal), le mercredi 21 août 2013, de 17h à 19h, dans un contexte informel de type « 5 à 7 ».

Comme vous n’êtes pas sans savoir, Montréal adoptera prochainement son Plan de développement, lequel  fait suite au Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD) et auquel s’arrimera le prochain Plan d’urbanisme. Étant donné l’importance de ce document, qui définit la vision pour le Montréal de demain, l’IPAM croit important d’offrir aux membres de la société civile, aux élaborateurs du Plan et aux élus une occasion de partager leurs idées et réflexions sur le sujet. Loin de vouloir se substituer à la démarche de l’Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), l’objectif de la rencontre est d’échanger librement pour enrichir notre compréhension collective des enjeux et des éléments de vision porteurs, en plus de permettre aux parties prenantes du développement montréalais de se connaître et de comparer leur point de vue.

Deux principales questions seront traitées :

  • Les éléments forts du Plan qui constituent la base de réflexion et à partir desquels travailler
  • Les aspects à ajouter, à bonifier ou à corriger pour réaliser un Plan à l’image de Montréal

Afin de maximiser le temps de discussion, prenez note qu’aucune présentation du Plan de développement ne sera faite en introduction. Le Plan et tous les documents liés à la consultation sont disponibles sur le site de la Ville de Montréal et sur le site de l’OCPM :,84077570&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Les places étant limitées, nous vous serions gré de confirmer votre présence le plus rapidement possible au

Au plaisir de compter parmi nous  le 21 août.

Ron Rayside, secrétaire de l’IPAM

Social Justice and the City : 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Graduate Program in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design and The Center for Place Culture and Politics announces the 40 Year Anniversary Symposium of David Harvey’s Social Justice and The City (1973 – 2013), Saturday, May 4 from 10am – 6pm at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 404.

In April 1970, an essay titled “Social Processes and Spatial Form:  An Analysis of the Conceptual Problems of Urban Planning,” was published in volume 25 of the journal Papers of the Regional Science Association. For this first time, this essay constructed an unexplored critique of urban disciplines vis-á-vis capitalism. The result created a dialectical theoretical framework, and forever changed the way many urban practitioners viewed their disciplinary tools and formal training. Ultimately, this heralded an ongoing formation of radically new and unseen forms of urban practice. In 1973, this essay became the first chapter of Social Justice and the City. David Harvey’s seminal second book split the way our cities are read, and created entirely new research paths for his contemporaries and younger practitioners.

Forty years after its publication, Social Justice and the City is as relevant as when it was first conceived. As the processes of urbanization fall faster than ever at the control of the elites, an unprecedented wave of enforced spatial segregation radically alters our urban realities. Today, Social Justice and the City provokes views and directions that remain at the core of any imaginary for resistance, and an action towards the belief that socially just forms of urbanization are possible.

The 40 year commemoration of Social Justice and the City will pay tribute to the lasting work and influence of David Harvey. The day will be introduced by Harvey, who will share his views on the book and its 40 year trajectory. Harvey will then be joined by a diverse array of urban practitioners, from artists to academics and designers, whose practice has been transformed by Social Justice and the City.

Montreal: Today and Tomorrow

IPAM Bilingual Roundtable

Co-chaired by Phyllis Lambert, architect, IPAM president and Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director for Heritage Montreal, member of the Board of Directors of IPAM.

[1] Environment with Alex Aylett, Trudeau Scholar, Urban Geographer, UBC and senior research associate, Sustainable Cities International (A Critical Overview of what has been achieved in going green, and what  more should be done now. A multi- issued approach dealing with building codes, transport,climate change…)

[2] The Housing Question with Edith Cyr, executive director, Batire son Quartier
(An overview of housing needs, particularly social housing and the homeless, and what new goals are needed)

[3] Social Justice and the City with Winnie Frohn, urban studies, UQAM
(An critical overview of outstaning issues  like poverty, food security, unemployment, prostitution, drugs and human rights…)

[4] Democracy with Dimitri Roussopoulos,vice-president, IPAM
(An overview of the democratic tools in place, their use, the problems of governance, and what needs to be done)

Palais des Congres
1001 Place Jean Paul Riopelle
Room 517 D
Friday 26 August 2011
This session takes place within the Ecocity World Summit 2011

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Social Justice in the City – talk by Peter Marcuse

“Social Justice in the City: What is it? Who really wants it?” Thursday, September 16, 2010 / 7 p.m

1515 Ste-Catherine W.
Concordia University, EV Building
Amphiteatre (EV 1.605)
Metro Guy-Concordia 

About Peter Marcuse:

Peter Marcuse, a planner and lawyer, is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York City.  His fields of research include city planning, housing, homelessness, the use of public space, the right to the city, social justice in the city, globalization, urban history, the relation between cultural activities and urban development, and most recently, solutions to the mortgage foreclosure crisis. His most recent co-edited books include Globalizing Cities: A new spatial order? (Blackwell 1999), Of States and Cities: The partioning of urban space (Oxford University Press 2002) and Searching for the Just City (Routledge 2009).

Also see short bio from Progressive Planning Magazine:

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Watch the full lecture online:
Part 1
Part 2