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Publications and Speeches about Cities

Leaders of Ideas That Matter and its partners are active in the public sphere. We present here their publications and speeches.

Recent publications and speeches

Is Your City Healthy? Measuring Urban Fiscal Health This new IMFG book edited by Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack explores the elements of fiscal health, how we measure it, and why it is important. Learn more

Is your city healthy? book cover

The Many Faces of Leadership in a Thriving City In this Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance pre-election paper, Alan Broadbent takes a fresh look at leadership in Toronto. Read more

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Highlighted Publication

Urban Nation book coverUrban Nation: Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong

by Ideas That Matter founder Alan Broadbent

In this thoughtful and provocative book Alan Broadbent looks at the two major forces that have shaped Canada, urbanization and immigration, and makes a clear case for creating cities as a powerful order of government.

As a longtime proponent of a more central role for Canada’s cities, he argues that city-level government is the body citizens encounter most regularly and the one that most influences their lives. Yet cities are hamstrung by a lack of financial and governing clout with which to exercise any real control of their destinies.
Urban Nation looks at American and European models, examines the now ubiquitous “New Deal for Cities” and shows how citizens and action groups are coming together for practical urban reform solutions.

Urban Nation is an essential new book for all Canadians concerned about their cities – and their country’s future.

Published by HarperCollins. Available where books are sold, including and


Good Ideas from Toronto: An Exchange of Immigrant Integration Practices A delegation led by Ideas That Matter founder and Maytree chairman Alan Broadbent visited Germany to share and learn good local practices in immigrant integration. Read more


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