Published: Thursday, May 17, 2007
Montrealers interested in analyzing how the city is run and discussing ways to make it better are encouraged to attend Montreal's 4th Citizen Summit, on from June 1-3 at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal.
Organized by more than 15 local community groups and trade unions, the forum's goal is to give citizens a voice in the planning of the city on topics ranging from economic development, urban environment and city planning to greater democratic participation in the decision-making process. Propositions conceived at the summit, such as the Citizens' Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, have been adopted by Montreal's city council.
This year's theme is the Citizen's right to the city, a crucial debate at a time when municipal authorities have announced major plans like the tramway network and the demolition of the Bonaventure Expressway, without first consulting the public, organizers say.
In all, 38 workshops are scheduled for Saturday, June 2 on topics such as Can Sustainable Development be Realized in our Economy, which looks at whether corporations and governments are really able to change the way they operate in a market-driven society.
The workshop How Diverse is Montreal will study why many citizens from minority groups in the multi-cultural city don't feel they truly belong. French to English translation will be available, and 17 of the workshops are in English. More than 30 speakers are expected at the conference.
For more information, call 514-281-6406, or go to www.4sc.ecologieurbaine.net. The cost of registration is $25, $10 for those on social assistance. Daycare service is available