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How can Canada continue to foster partnerships at all levels and foster innovative approaches to improve the quality of life for Canadian cities?

over 3 years ago
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Canada recognizes that solving these challenges within its own borders requires the engagement of all stakeholders. From cooperation between all levels of government, the private sector, community organizations, Indigenous groups and civil society, everyone has a valuable part to play in the improvement of Canadian cities and to find innovative solutions to persistent social problems at the local level. The fight for equality, inclusivity and a healthy environment requires all levels of government to work cooperatively to find innovative solutions to complex persistent challenges that show positive and measurable results for all citizens. The Government of Canada has committed to renewed collaboration with provinces/territories and municipal governments to achieve these goals. 

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  • Nigel Bart over 3 years ago
    The voices of the disenfranchised mentally ill need to be heard and considered as a key stakeholder in the partnership to improve the quality of life of those with mental illness.
  • mgifford over 3 years ago
    1) Work with open-source projects where collaboration is key and the benefits are distributed widely across multiple stakeholders. This is a great example 2) Realize that the federal government needs to play a leadership role. It's been baffling to see events organized by the federal government recently where they are hosting it but not even able to provide even coffee. Realize that if you want to host a change that you need to step forward and take basic measures to support people being there. 3) Funding civil society would be great. Civil society plays a critical role in critiquing government policy. There is expertise which can be leveraged to make policies better. NGOs have survived decades of austerity and either business needs to step-up to the plate or we need to find ways to ensure these organizations have long term financing. 4) Looking for local solutions is critical, but we should also be engaging with organizations to see that their ideas can scale. What would happen if all cities in Canada started to look for hidden harvests like
  • Franklin Thomas over 3 years ago
    IT IS TIME FOR CANADA TO BUILD A NEW WORLD EXPOSITION TOTALLY SUSTAINABLE CITY !! Transforming our Human Habitat into a livable, workable, and sustainable, Urban Ecology is the greatest challenge facing Mankind today; and the Inevitable Evolution and Destiny of the Global Science of Urban Man. It is time for Canada to demonstrate to the World its ingenuity and leadership as it enters into a New Age of Urban Ecological Sustainability!! We propose that the Government of Canada present an URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM as defined in the NATIONAL PLANS OF ACTION at the HABITAT II - Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements; and that it initiate a World Exposition and Demonstration Project, such as, for example, our BOREALIS CITY Program: BOREALIS will become a permanent World Centre dedicated to the Advancement of Humankind by first demonstrating a community/village in balance with Nature. Guided by the philosophy that totally sustainable and advanced technological development can occur with a near zero negative impact on our natural ecology. These technologies now exist around the Earth - they just need to be brought together in one place and integrated: IMAGINE the economic benefits such a project would bring to Canada! Considering that Tourism will be the largest Industry on Earth, think of the millions of people who would pilgrimage to view its workings, to license its many discoveries and Patents, and to enroll in its courses. We could invite nations to finance and build their own unique Community Clusters, drawing some of the finest minds in the world to Canada. Think of the sustainable jobs that it will create. Think of the Interest and Excitement! Think of its Advertising Potential! An ideal location would be west of Edmonton towards the Super Natural Banff/Jasper National Parks? Imagine the Future - a Future that we are all uniquely empowered to pioneer: BOREALIS could not be a "pill" for all our planet's ills; but instead, an example of what we are trying to eventually achieve. It will be a beacon light, showing the World humankind's future New Millennium. It will be an effort worthy of Canadians and the Human Race; and make us a world leader in the Science of Humankind. Pioneers in Urban-Ecological Sustainability: The Peace Environmental Research Centre Foundation:
  • iodonnell almost 4 years ago
    Given that local needs or conditions vary widely across the country, it is critical to establish and customize national policy goals through local feedback and involvement. Improved integration between all orders of Government with a more effective way to incorporate local knowledge and requirements to respond to underlying or chronic issues cities face such as homelessness, access to housing, addiction etc. Activation and engagement of citizens at the most basic or grassroots community level to create awareness and provide opportunity for broader round table discussions between government, supportive agencies, community leaders and individuals. This could be achieved through ongoing town hall discussions across the country and in all communities. From these round table discussions, innovative ideas and discussion can be placed online and shared with other cities/communities to foster creative solutions with broader reach and impact.
  • aflynn almost 4 years ago
    Canada's commitment to municipal governments as intergovernmental partners is profoundly important. Institutional mechanisms should be developed to ensure that cities are not seen as merely "creatures of the province," but as key partners that must be consulted. At the same time, cities have a responsibility to ensure that their governance is inclusive, accountable and participatory. Habitat III presents an opportunity for Canada to develop a coherent framework for cities in the federation, and a robust institutional model for direct funding and consultation. Canada can also take a lead in developing opportunities for multi-sectoral, multi-governmental cooperation and collaboration, and support for indigenous-municipal partnerships.