Mark your calendars off June 5 – 7 as Montreal gears up for the 5th Montreal Citizen Summit. Montrealers are basically invited to partake in this social forum to discuss and work towards “The City We Want”. The 6 local themes that will be dealt with this year are the economy, urban planning, social justic/inclusion/citizenship, environment, democracy, and culture.

According to organizers, past summits have proven to be rich networking vehicles mainly thanks to the neutrality and democracy surrounding the event. But what good have past gatherings served exactly?

Surprisingly enough, it is thanks to this summit that the “ville” created an agenda for participatory democracy, adopted a resolution against General Agreement on Trade in Services, created the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, and allowed for a participatory budget for the Plateau.

Among some of the interesting items on the program that I came across is a roundtable on urban freeways and another on megadevelopments.

This year, all sessions and events will be taking place at UQAM. Registration for this year’s summit is a modest $10 for an individual or $25 for an organization (or as the summit organizers put it on their website, $25 for an “organism”).

More info: 5sc.urbanecology.net

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