Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

The Multicultural Metropolis

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Toronto’s motto is ‘Diversity Our Strength,’ but has the slogan prevented us from confronting the forces that seem to be separating and isolating urban communities? Is our city a multicultural city, or is it a patchwork of divided cultural communities? And how does it stack up against North American metropolises like New York and Los Angeles? Subdivided editor Jay Pitter and Multicultural Cities author Mohammad Abdul Qadeer are here with answers – and even more questions.


Through compelling storytelling and analysis, Subdivided’s contributors – a wide range of place-makers, academics, activists and journalists – ask how we can expand city-building processes to tackle issues ranging from transit equity and trust- based policing to holistic mental health, dignified affordable housing and inclusive municipal governance. Ultimately, Subdivided aims to provoke the tough but pressing conversations required to build a truly connected and just city.

  • Nonfiction

Jay Pitter

Jay Pitter established a career as a public funder and then a communications and public engagement director before earning a graduate degree at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Throughout her career, Jay has spearheaded noteworthy projects with organizations such as the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto Police Service, the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and DIALOG, a national architecture firm. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, York University, Centennial College and Seneca College, and was recently a faculty member at the University of Guelph-Humber. Jay has also written for Spacing, CBC Radio, The Walrus and the Toronto Star.

Multicultural Cities: Toronto, New York and Los Angeles

What are the defining features of a multicultural city? Mohammad Qadeer explores this vital question in his latest book Multicultural Cities: Toronto, New York and Los Angeles by looking at three ethno-racially diverse urban centres, in two countries: Toronto, Canada, and New York and Los Angeles, the United States. Qadeer chronicles the emergence of multicultural forms and functions under the aegis of civil rights and constitutionally guaranteed equal treatment in both countries.  Based on the similarities and differences in the infusion of diversity in institutions of the three cities, Multicultural Cities sets forth a generic model of a multicultural city.

  • Nonfiction

Mohammad Qadeer

Mohammad Qadeer is Professor Emeritus of urban and regional planning, Queen’s University, where he was the Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning from 1985 to 1996. Dr. Qadeer has also served as a consultant-expert for various United Nations’ agencies, Canadian federal, provincial and local governments, as well as to the Government of Pakistan. He’s published widely on topics concerning planning for multicultural cities, ethnic enclaves, immigration and settlement, and international development. Multicultural Cities: Toronto, New York and Los Angeles is his most recent book.