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Canada’s Mayors Speak: A Survey of 105 Mayors

In January 2018, urban mayors across Canada participated in a survey administered by Public Square Research in partnership with the Mayors Project. Canada's mayors were ...
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What’s this about a research trip across Canada?

During May and June 2016, The Mayors Project traveled across Canada for the purpose of conducting interviews with mayors and the people who work most ...
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What I learned about London by travelling across Canada

Today I arrived home from a trip across Canada. Over the past two months, I have travelled to cities in every Canadian province. The purpose of ...
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Vancouver, British Columbia

"We need to acknowledge the tragedy in Orlando, which has certainly impacted our city and cities around the world. […] Many sentiments have been expressed ...
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Calgary, Alberta

Calgary has some serious swagger. It's more than the stereotypical cowboy-conquering- the-wild-west image that comes to mind. And it runs deeper than being a city that ...
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

"What? We have a bus that goes to the airport?" My Airbnb host stared at me with a look of disbelief on her face. She ...
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Winnipeg, Manitoba

"This is where east meets west. We're the heart of Canada." It was Saturday night, on a rooftop patio in downtown Winnipeg - a perfect ...
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Perspectives on City Charters

How much power and autonomy should cities have? This is perennial question about local government in Canada - and one without a clear or simple ...
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Big City Mayors: Walking the talk?

On September 2, 2015, a three year old Syrian boy tragically drowned as his family tried to flee to Europe. A shocking photograph of Alan ...
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Who do local leaders listen to?

Note: it's a big week for local government conferences. The Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) Conference, part of the broader Congress of the Humanities and ...
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Toronto, Ontario

Last Friday night, Canadians gathered around televisions across the country to cheer on the Toronto Raptors in what would be the final game of the ...
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Montreal, Quebec

What do you call a place with 19 mayors, 7 political parties and 5 layers of government that used to be 27 municipalities and then ...
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An Interview with Richard Florida on City Leadership: “It’s the most important challenge facing our world today.”

Richard Florida is Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He is also Global Research ...
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Where are the women?

80 years ago, in 1936, Barbara Hanley was elected by the citizens of Webbwood Ontario as the first female mayor in Canada. She received 82 ...
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Saint John, New Brunswick

There's an ancient proverb that goes like this: travel together like water, always flowing in the same direction. Whoever said that clearly hasn't been to ...
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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

There's a reason they call it 'The Gentle Island'. Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, representing just 1% of our nation's land. But make ...
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Halifax, Nova Scotia

The sound of a gunshot was unmistakable. I was sitting on the picturesque front lawn of Halifax's City Hall, waiting to meet someone for an ...
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St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Yesterday I arrived in what is one of North America's oldest settlements in Canada's youngest province: St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador. From the moment The ...
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My Great Canadian Adventure

This Saturday, I begin a two-month journey across Canada to complete my PhD dissertation research. I fly to St. John’s, Newfoundland early on Saturday morning ...
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The Mayoralty: A Political Dead End?

If you have read any of the American urban politics literature, you have probably come across studies about the career paths of local politicians. Indeed, ...
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2016 Municipal Election Watch

Canadian municipal election followers are finally coming to the end of what has felt like a very long dry spell. 2015 was an unusual year ...
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Strong vs Weak Mayors: what does this really mean?

It is often said that Canada has ‘weak mayors’. What does this mean, and is it true? The term comes from the United States, where ...
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Do Canadians think mayors are powerful?

In October 2015, Ipsos Public Affairs surveyed more than 12,000 Canadians about their perceptions of mayoral power in Canada. Survey respondents were asked whether they ...
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Why study mayors?

As a student of Canadian politics, I was taught that Canada is a constitutional monarchy. We have three levels of government. Our leaders are called ...
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What cities are included in this study, and why?

This project examines the role of the mayor in 10 Canadian cities, the largest in each province:
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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