Webinar | The Northern City in Times of Pandemic

Friday, February 26, 2021 13:30to15:00

How do you deal with a pandemic in deep winter in urban contexts? Given that the virus calls for everyone's adaptability, how are northern cities accounting for vulnerable populations in their fight against the virus? Without a doubt, the health crisis of the past year has heightened inequities, particularly among disadvantaged urban populations. Likewise, certain (in)actions for public health in Montreal have generated a great deal of discontent. The recent death of Raphaël "Napa" André, for instance, has raised questions about the approach used and its lack of inclusiveness. As the public health record shows how interconnected everyone is, an effective fight against the virus must involve all segments of the population. How can northern cities in wintry climates respond to the multiple needs of their citizens in order to meet the challenge of adapting to the health crisis? 

This third webinar of our series Rethinking the City in Times of Pandemic will examine these issues with experts and practitioners from the following fields: sociology of law, architecture, and the fight against homelessness. 


  • Magda Fahrni – regular member, CIRM; Professor, Department of History, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
  • Daniel Weinstock – regular member, CIRM; Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, McGill University


  • James Hughes – President and CEO, Old Brewery Mission
  • Véronique Fortin - Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Agatino Rizzo – Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Virtual conference presented live from Espace Montréal, through Zoom 


The event will be held in English and in French. Registration is mandatory to access the login link. One more session will follow over the course of the year... stay tuned!

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