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Urban Nation Hardcover – Apr 22 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (April 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002008831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002008839
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #885,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Alan Broadbent, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has made a brilliant discovery: The land of moose, mountains and Mounties also has cities. Big cities. Diverse cities. Creative cities. The engines of our knowledge economy. The places where three quarters of us choose to live and work. But guess what? Cities have the governance sovereignty of small children in a patriarchal family. It’s time, says Broadbent, that Canada woke up and stopped starving the geese that are laying the golden eggs. It is time to provide our great cities with the powers and fiscal resources to do their jobs properly. If we do not, the entire nation will suffer.” -- Michael Adams, author of Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values

About the Author

ALAN BROADBENT is chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation, a private investment holding company that also initiates and funds various civic engagement projects to strengthen public discourse on sustaining civil society, including the Jane Jacobs Prize and Ideas That Matter. He is also chairman of the Maytree Foundation, which is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada, and its offshoot, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. Alan Broadbent sits on a number of other boards, including the Tides Foundation (Canada), The Literary Review of Canada and the Agora Foundation. He lives in Toronto.

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Format: Hardcover
The discussion of cities and their lack of funding and what the implications are to Canada is largely unknown. Alan is able in 'easy read' provide a comprehensive review of this happened in the first place, the surrounding politics and even offer some doable solutions. This discussion, to date, has largely been academic or at the senior level of municipal administrations. TAX PAYERS across Canada need to understand and need to advocate change!
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Format: Paperback
This is an exceptional fiction novel that displays leadership and community building. Capponi does an amazing job at illustrating the value of an individual regardless of their social status. The language used in the book paints a great picture of real-life experiences connecting you then with the characters involved. I couldn't put it down, very suspensful plot. Loved that it was set in my home, Toronto. The story is a remarkable example of power and authorities and how that can be challenged as well. :)
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