Key Panel Observations

“It’s really important to look back, reflect and evaluate what we’ve done well, how we got there and why we did it. We want to build on that foundation … We are renown around the world for urban design and urban planning. I would argue, to some extent, we’ve lost our edge, and I think we need to pick it up again.”

  • Charles Gauthier

“Planning process has become more formalized so as to seem more inclusive. It has become more structured and more controlled. It feels, to me anyways, like the planning process has become more of a communications and branding exercise than it really has becoming a community building process…

How do you address that? [The citywide planning process] might be an opportunity to give the planning away from the city. Let the municipality create the room for planning to happen, but step away from actual planning work itself.  That’s easy to say tonight but very hard to do, because what it means is you have to cede power. It will get messy. There will be fights. There will be debates. It’s scary.”

  • Kira Gerwing

“At the end of the day, this is community building … we have to remember that [a citywide plan] is not just a matter of bricks and mortar. It is ensuring that we are reflected, both our identities and our values, and things we care about and things we want to preserve. No matter how you spell it out, at the end of the day, it will still need to be embedded into the citywide plan…

“In the future, we will see a city that reflects more what we could have been, had colonialism not been so successful.”

  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers

“The struggle has always been between our yearning for community, to feel like a community, that we belong to a community, and the executive city … It’s that ongoing struggle between what we yearn for and what we want, and what seems to happen …

I’ve always been someone who believes in the philosophy of Think Big, Act Small. …[The citywide plan] has to articulate really big values and big stuff we want all want but then we have to immediately break it down closer to home, take your own ownership of it. Otherwise it will become a monster that just keeps growing.”

  • Libby Davies