Edmonton is a city of more than 800,000 people in central Alberta, located in the Canadian Prairies. This city-wide alliance is made up of nearly 40 different institutions, including faith groups, unions, community organizations and local businesses. In recent years it has advocated successfully for affordable housing, positive changes in care for the elderly and the creation of a comprehensive local food strategy. Its members encourage people to engage in the public decision-making process and to hold government and market sector leaders accountable to citizens. The alliance helps strengthen member organizations by providing training at the local, regional and national levels. Download 101K PDF
Shantu Mano describes the process of building a credible grassroots organization in one of Canada's largest cities.