Convention Theme

In the words of Marshall McLuhan, ours is an “all at once world” where we find ourselves in a constant flow of communication. The ease with which information travels is softening the borders between orders of government as all leaders communicate through common platforms. Ideas, initiatives, needs, and solutions are shared all at once in real time. The national conversation is no longer dominated by one voice, but has many voices and many perspectives.

This year’s theme considers the increasing leadership of local goverment in matters of federal and provincial jurisdiction. In areas like climate action, the opioid crisis, and the need for a deeper response to homelessness and housing affordability, local governments are playing a greater role in defining issues and impacting the policy directions of other orders of government. The workshops, policy sessions, and presentations throughout Convention will provide a snapshot of the current state of collaboration between orders of government in addressing common issues.

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