Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Toronto's Capital Conversations a big, loud yawn

This afternoon I spent some time watching the video of the Capital Conversations discussion in Toronto. The event was held at the Univerity of Toronto in a partnership between the NCC, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and U of T's Munk School of Global Affairs.

It seems that people in Ottawa are warming up to the thought of the NCC travelling across the country to engage Canadians on the future of the capital. But I'm not sure about the approach. Below you will find the video of the session.

You will notice in the video that most of the seats are filled with men with white hair. I don't want to be ageist but something's wrong with that. It would love to see 10-25 year olds who wound be around in 2067 share their ideas.

Overall it seems the session took on the spirit of its surroundings because the presentation is academic and stale. There could've been a cliffhanger ending but I didn't make it that far.

With Ottawa being known as a boring, this presentation didn't do anything for the capital's image. It reinforces the views that people have of Ottawa. It would've been nice to see these sessions used as a means of getting Canadians excited about the capital. Instead we have what seems to be a "non-vibrant" and undiverse meeting about how the capital can be move vibrant and diverse.

Kevin Bourne

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