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February 2019

City Autonomy

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Should large cities get to govern themselves apart from the rest of the province?. Whether it is permission to set road tolls or how many city councillors the city needs, Toronto has had successive governments interfere with its administration. Should the province really get a say in how assets forced upon a city are managed? Is it time that Canada’s big cities grew up?   John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto, and Doug Earl, former CBC journalist and committee member…

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March 2019

New Canada Food Guide – An Early Look

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Canada is getting a new food guide! The food guide is perhaps the first political document Canadian children are introduced to. Historically, it was a standard bearer for the most powerful food lobbies and revisions based on health and nutritional needs were difficult. What does the new guide mean for the food industry? Dairy farmers are already warning about the new guide’s harm to the dairy sector. How will the new guide work? Who are the winners and losers to…

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April 2019

Canadian Mining – Needs, Rights, and Responsibilities

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Did you know that 75% of the world’s mining companies are headquartered in Canada? With this much pull on the world stage, you would think that Canada could impose its health and humans rights values around the world. However, what are the values that we hold dear? In our own backyards, aboriginal rights are ignored in the name of pipelines. What other atrocities are committed in Canada’s name further afield? Sakura Saunders, mining justice organizer, and , Kerrie Blaise, Environmental…

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May 2019

Fake News, Political Donors, who are the new political actors?

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Who are the new political actors and how do we keep them honest?

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June 2019

Tax it? Trade it? Is Curbing Carbon enough?

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Ontario and Quebec just had another historic 100 year flood… two years after the last record-breaking 100 year flood. Last summer Ontario, BC, and California all experienced unprecedented wildfires. From Mozambique to Puerto Rico to the Gulf Coast tens of thousands have been displaced by more frequent and powerful hurricanes. Indonesia is about to move its capital from Jakarta partly because of flood risks to its sinking metropolis, while the residents of the Solomon Islands are relocating entire towns in anticipation…

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July 2019

Housing Affordability – Policy Solutions vs Feel Good Policies

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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John Lorinc and Annabel Vaughan discuss housing affordability and discuss the differences between real solutions and feel good policies.

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August 2019

Food Waste: Reducing the Climate Change impact

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Food Waste is a big contributor to climate change. How can we tackle this problem?

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September 2019

Federal Election – Getting Involved

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Get Involved in the next federal election. Our panels will tell you how to make the biggest impact.

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October 2019

National Pharmacare – Should we or shouldn’t we?

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Avenue Pub, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto,
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What does an ideal national pharmacare program look like?

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November 2019

Online Radicalization: What can be done?

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison, 14 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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In April of 2018, a man ploughed a van into people enjoying a lovely spring day on Yonge Street.  He was inspired by "incel" online hate groups to send a murderous message to the society that rejected him. How can society prevent online communities from encouraging hatred and violence?  What public policy and programs could prevent heinous acts by lonely, angry and desperate people?   Alana, the creator of the term “involuntary celibacy”, later abbreviated to “incel”, and Melody , PhD…

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