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Voice Your Concerns @ the Montreal Citizen Summit

Posted by Margot / June 3, 2009

20090603-sommetcitoyen.jpgSure, Montreal's a great city, but there's always room for improvement. Maybe you'd like to see better bike infrastructure, improved public transit, a municipal compost system; maybe you're ticked about the city's simmering economic disparities or latent discrimination; maybe, for once, you'd like to see politicians listen to their electors. The 5th Montreal Citizen Summit, happening this weekend, is your chance to do something about it. From June 5th to 7th at UQAM, 1,000 Montrealers will get together to talk about the city we want.

The thrust of the Summit is the "Citizen Agenda" - a grassroots platform that aims to shape the debates and pressure the candidates during this fall's municipal election. The Agenda reverses the usual election-season dynamic by forcing politicians to respond to popular demands, rather than simply parading out their own promises. You can also check out workshops, panels and open discussions reflecting the Summit's six themes: the economy, urban planning, social justice, the environment, democracy and culture.

There's a lot on the table at the Summit, from the controversy surrounding the Turcot reconstruction to local economic development to youth engagement. Plus, speakers from as far away as France, Spain and Haiti will discuss how their own experiences can be applied to improving Montreal.

Amid an economic meltdown, a climate crisis and a municipal election, it's the perfect time for citizens to create a more inclusive, just and sustainable Montreal. Check out the Urban Ecology website to learn more about the 5th Citizen Summit.

Thanks to Drew Nelles, press liaison for the 5th Citizen Summit and the associate editor of Maisonneuve, for providing this information.

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