This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: The Power of Cities on the Global Stage
Alison speaks to urban theorist and author Richard Florida about importance of cities globally and the importance of dealing with deepening inequalities within them.
Rodrigo Tavares, author of ‘Paradiplomacy – Cities and States as Global Players’, speaks about the role cities and other sub-national governments can play in the area of foreign affairs.
Brock Carlton, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, talks about the increasing role cities can play globally, particularly in areas such as climate change and international trade.
Leona Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, Deputy President of the South African Local Government Association discusses the problems caused by urbanization in the developing world and also legislation being considered that would give more power to cities to ensure they provide the necessary services to the communities on the ground.
Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.
She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.
She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).