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How Can ‘City Diplomacy’ Influence Security?
Saturday February 8, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment |

 

According to Michele Acuto, we have to start studying the impact that cities and those who govern them are having on global security. That’s because their ‘proximity’ to today’s security challenges is making them increasingly important actors in this domain.

By Michele Acuto for ISN

We live, many argue, in an ‘urban’ age in which cities have emerged from the anecdotal attention of the early-2000s to become an increasingly popular catalyst for public discourse and political debate. Indeed, international scholars and practitioners do not seem to be immune to the seduction of the city. Yet, rather than talking about the ‘rise’ of the city in international relations, we should instead be thinking about ‘re-emergence’ and ‘return’: ever since the earliest days of civilization, settlements have been deeply entrenched in more-than-local flows, economies and politics. Many key voices in urban studies and geography, like Peter Taylor or Peter Hall , have convincingly argued how the story of humanity is a story of cities. Nevertheless, international theorists have for a long time shied away from the impact that cities are having on an increasingly globalized world. But that’s beginning to change.

While this ‘urbanization’ of international studies has been for the most part been prompted by environmental concerns, cities are also critical components of the global security agenda. The development and expansion of ‘ city diplomacy’ has woven a global texture of urban connections that have become increasingly important in shaping responses to an array of global challenges.

Organizations like Mayors for Peace, for example, promote classical security matters like non-proliferation, while the Istanbul Water Consensus campaigns for water security.

This begs the obvious question, are cities really becoming more important players in international affairs? A growing body of evidence suggests that this might well be the case.

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#smwTOpoli – Using Social Media to Engage with Community: A Discussion with Toronto City Councillors
Saturday September 28, 2013 – 6:12 am | No Comment |
#smwTOpoli – Using Social Media to Engage with Community: A Discussion with Toronto City Councillors

Toronto City Councillors Paul Ainslie (Ward 43), Shelley Carroll (Ward 33), Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27) were the panel discussion moderated by community member, Claire Crossley.

It was live-tweeted by @PaisleyRae.

This panel offered insights into how these particular Toronto Councillors use social media to engage with the community both inside & outside Toronto City Hall. This discussion concluded with a Q & A with the Councillors.

Jane’s Walk Toronto 2013
Friday May 3, 2013 – 1:20 pm | No Comment |
Jane’s Walk Toronto 2013

Every year since the first Jane’s Walk weekend in 2007, I’ve lead Jane’s Walks around Toronto.
This year, I’m in San Francisco and became the local Jane’s Walk City Organizer leading three walks this weekend:

The Jane …

Mayor Rob Ford proclaims Toronto Argonauts Day – Tuesday November 27 2012
Tuesday November 27, 2012 – 7:16 pm | No Comment |
Mayor Rob Ford proclaims Toronto Argonauts Day – Tuesday November 27 2012

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford proclaimed today, Tuesday November 27 2012, as Toronto Argonauts Day in The City of Toronto.

Toronto Argonauts 100th Grey Cup Victory Parade
Tuesday November 27, 2012 – 7:10 pm | No Comment |
Toronto Argonauts 100th Grey Cup Victory Parade

Great day for the Toronto Argonauts to do some sightseeing…
Sunday’s Grey Cup championship by our Toronto Argonauts deserved a great Victory Parade. And they got one.
Thousands lined the financial district as dozens of vehicles, marching …

Funeral for Swansea Public School Grade 2 Teacher Tom Samson at Wychwood Barns
Tuesday November 27, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment |
Funeral for Swansea Public School Grade 2 Teacher Tom Samson at Wychwood Barns

This morning, Toronto City Council observed a moment of silence in Tom Samson‘s (and others who have passed away) memory before the day’s business of The City began.
This afternoon the funeral service for Tom Samson …

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Removed from Office – 10:30 a.m. Monday November 26 2012
Monday November 26, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Removed from Office – 10:30 a.m. Monday November 26 2012

By HiMY SYeD
Monday Morning, the City Hall Press Gallery has created a media village in front of 361 University Avenue Courthouse awaiting the Decision in the Mayor Ford Conflict of Interest matter.
I was waiting outside …

100th Grey Cup Festival Pancake Breakfast, Nathan Phillips Square
Saturday November 24, 2012 – 4:22 pm | No Comment |
100th Grey Cup Festival Pancake Breakfast, Nathan Phillips Square

Saturday Morning in Nathan Phillips Square found The Calgary Grey Cup Committee continuing their tradition of holding a Pancake Breakfast with everyone invited.
Calgary Music played on stage as people waited in fast moving lines for …

Cyclist and Grade 2 School Teacher Tom Samson Killed in Hit & Run at Lansdowne & Davenport Intersection
Friday November 23, 2012 – 4:10 pm | No Comment |
Cyclist and Grade 2 School Teacher Tom Samson Killed in Hit & Run at Lansdowne & Davenport Intersection

This morning I awoke to radio reports of a cyclist down due to a hit and run at Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road. Immediately, somehow, I just knew whoever it was, was gone.
I made my …

Marty The Horse, Calgary Stampeders, 100th Grey Cup, CFL Tradition and The Royal York Hotel
Thursday November 22, 2012 – 1:08 pm | No Comment |
Marty The Horse, Calgary Stampeders, 100th Grey Cup, CFL Tradition and The Royal York Hotel

This Morning, Marty The Horse, official Mascot of the Calgary Stampeders CFL Football team, attempted the tradition of strolling through the front doors of a hotel.
Attempted, because this morning during the 10 a.m. hour, The …