Dr Jason Gilliland, Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Urban Development Program, moderated “A Community Conversation” in London, Ontario on Sept 3 to give people an opportunity to discuss their views on various contentious issues in the city, such as the fractured nature of the current City Council. Over 80 residents attended the event, which was hosted by Emerging Leaders, a nonprofit focused on the retention, development, and engagement of emerging talent as a means to a more vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic community. Gilliland said the topics discussed at the forum are “big issues, important issues for the future of London,” and so it is important for people to be able to have their say on them. Over a dozen candidates for mayor and council attended the event, but they were politely asked to listen and take notes, and leave the campaigning for after the event. For more on event, see article in the London Community News.