“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

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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

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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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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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IPAM Report on the Management and Development Plan

Last September, the council of the agglomeration of the City of Montreal presented its draft of the Management and Development Plan (SAD). Considering the importance of this document for the future of Montreal, on the 22nd September IPAM organised a round table for reflecting, with its partners, on the draft of the Plan and the elements that must be changed or added in order to respond to the present and future issues of the Montreal agglomeration. The discussion, the minutes of which can be found in the Annex, was rich in debate and allowed the identification of priorities for the IPAM community. This report is inspired by such reflections from the round table as well as from discussions that were had afterwards within IPAM.

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Minutes of the IPAM Round Table of September 22, 2014 on the Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD)

At the invitation of the Institute for Policy Alternatives Montreal (IPAM), thirty Montreal participants gathered on Sept. 22, 2014, in order to discuss the draft of the Montréal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD), the adoption of which is expected in late December 2014.

In the form of open discussion, the exchange allowed participants from diverse backgrounds to compare their perception of the situation and their ideas. The discussion focused on what to prioritize, monitoring mechanisms and the means to realize that which is envisioned in the document. The role of SAD and its relationship with the PMAD and the urban planning that Montreal and related cities will have subsequently produced were also explored. It is expected that the discussions which took place at the round table will feed everyone’s reflections as part of the public consultations planned in the Fall.

Read (in French) the  minutes of the IPAM Round Table of 22 September 2014

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Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (Draft – September 2014)


The Regional Plan sets guidelines for the agglomeration’s physical organization accompanied by a regional vision of its development. It helps guide development choices and decisions for all the agglomeration’s municipalities.

The Plan is built on the concept of sustainable development aimed at improving everyone’s life quality, in line with three primary objectives:

  • Promoting an excellent living environment.
  • Fuelling vitality of the Urban Agglomeration and its central core.
  • Enhancing areas of interest.
Read in full: Plan-September-Draft
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Round Table on the surplus hospital sites of Montréal

On February 13th, the second round table of the Montreal Institute for Alternative Policy (IPAM) was held on the surplus hospital sites in Montreal. This meeting brought together 45 participants from politics, academic and civil society was rich in ideas and proposals.

We are pleased to send you today the presentation document and the summary of the exchanges that took place during the event:

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