In April 2016, more than 50 mayors, city councillors, and municipal staff from across Canada answered our call to take the lead on poverty reduction, and journeyed across the country to participate in the 2nd national gathering of Cities Reducing Poverty. Together, we morphed the conversation from potholes and sewer systems to proactive collaborative leadership for poverty reduction. Over three days, elected officials and city staff made a commitment to learn from Vibrant Communities members and peer municipalities, who have taken the early lead on poverty reduction efforts, to consider how they too, have a key role to play in creating sustained change for residents and communities alike.
In this session, Mayor Don Iveson (2016 host), Mayor Fred Eisenberger (2017 host), and Mr. Brock Carlton discuss the changes that have occurred in Edmonton, Alberta and Hamilton, Ontario since 2016's pinnacle Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead summit, and what is to come in the new year. We look at how inspiration has been turned into action over the past eight months, and how we can expand the multi-sectoral table to the private sector and beyond during 2017's gathering of cities.
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