Re-Imagine Chicago: How City Council Works In Toronto

Toronto and Chicago have a few things in common. But their city council and ward system look quite different. So what can Chicago learn?

Re-Imagine Chicago:  Re-Imagine Chicago: How City Council Works In Toronto (Part 4)
In this Thursday, July 9, 2015, file photo, a woman walks near a stage at Nathan Phillips Square ahead of the Pan Am Games in downtown Toronto. Julio Cortez / AP Photo
Re-Imagine Chicago:  Re-Imagine Chicago: How City Council Works In Toronto (Part 4)
In this Thursday, July 9, 2015, file photo, a woman walks near a stage at Nathan Phillips Square ahead of the Pan Am Games in downtown Toronto. Julio Cortez / AP Photo

Re-Imagine Chicago: How City Council Works In Toronto

Toronto and Chicago have a few things in common. But their city council and ward system look quite different. So what can Chicago learn?

Toronto — the hometown of Reset host Sasha-Ann Simons — and Chicago were both incorporated as cities in the 1830s. And the similarities between Hogtown and the Hog Butcher for the World don’t end there.

Reset takes a closer look at how legislative politics works in Toronto and whether those systems could be instructive for Chicago.

GUESTS: Dave Meslin, Toronto resident and community organizer

Gary Crawford, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 20

Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 13

Myer Siemiatycki, professor emeritus in the department of politics and public administration at Ryerson University