Affordable housing in Burlington addressed by urban planner Jennifer Keesmat


Published May 7, 2024 at 10:20 am

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Urban planner Jennifer Keesmat.

Nationally known urban planner Jennifer Keesmat will tackle the issues of affordable housing and community development in an upcoming forum in Burlington.

The first in a speaking series promoted by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, the session is planned for May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Admission is free but you have to register in advance.

Keesmat is best known as the former chief planner for the City of Toronto from 2012 to 2017 where she gained a high profile for her views on development and livable cities. During her tenure, she was named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s magazine, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life magazine, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada.

Eventually, her take on the Gardiner Expressway and other issues led her to butt heads with then-Toronto Mayor John Tory and she resigned from the post. Keesmat then ran unsuccessfully against Tory in the 2018 municipal election.

As for the speaker series, it was launched by Meed Ward who says her intentions are to inspire positive change and practical solutions within the city through innovative approaches and tangible actions.

Before the event, there will be a housing tradeshow in the lobby of BPAC from 6-7  p.m.

Doors will open for the main theatre at 6:30 pm and the main event will begin at 7 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m.




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