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May 2017
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Electricity Pricing in Ontario

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Amid soaring electricity bills, the future of the grid we rely on is in crisis.  Efforts have been made to reduce electricity costs by stretching out payments, an expensive option that affects our children more than us.

What is the future of the electricity grid? Can costs come down and still give us a grid that businesses and residents can rely on?  Will new technologies make this important piece of public infrastructure obsolete?

Join us on Monday, May 15 as Afreen Khan, Senior Policy Advisor at the …

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Canada’s Mining Activities Abroad

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Wallace Gastropub,
1954 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Z4 Canada
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“Canadian mining companies are among the worst human rights offenders on the planet.”  – NOW Magazine, 2016

Canadian mining companies have repeatedly faced allegations of environmental damage and human rights abuses, including child labour, slavery, and mass murder. Are Canadians aware of what’s happening?

In 2010, MP John McKay tabled private member’s Bill C-300, also known as the Responsible Mining Act, calling for stricter oversight of Canadian mining companies abroad. The Bill would have withdrawn government funding and diplomatic support for companies found to be abusing human rights or …

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April 2017
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Food Waste: A $31 Billion Problem

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Every year, Canadians toss out roughly $31billion worth of food. That’s about 40% of all the food grown and imported in Canada, of which roughly half of it is done by households. Part of the problem is that food is too cheap (Northern areas notwithstanding). Food waste is a drain on our resources and is also an environmental disaster. Not only are fertilizers and pesticides wasted on food that never gets eaten, plastic packaging adds to the environmental load. How can we ensure both food …

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March 2017
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Improving City Council

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Is it time to party up Toronto?

Toronto City Hall can’t exactly be accused of great productivity.  From debating the same subway more times than most of us care to count, to installing, then removing bike lanes, one has to question why there isn’t more direction at city hall.

Would introducing parties into municipal politics help give voters a better sense of what each candidate stands for, what they can be held accountable for, and increase voter turnout?  Could parties help put a rudder on municipal politics …

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The Realities of Farming in Ontario

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
St. Lawrence Market Complex,
93 Front Street Eat Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C3 Canada
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Living in the city, it’s easy to feel detached from the people who grow our food. We’re separated by distance and lifestyle but our lives are intertwined. We need farmers to grow food, and our purchases and votes affect their businesses and lives.

Why Should I Care? and the St. Lawrence Market are teaming up for a special event about the realities of farming in Ontario. We’ll talk about agriculture and free trade policy, sustainability, farm taxes, organics and pesticide regulation. Come learn the farmer’s perspective …

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Food Waste: A $31 Billion Problem

March 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

 

Every year, Canadians toss out roughly $31billion worth of food.   That’s about 40% of all the food grown and imported in Canada, of which roughly half of it is done by households.  Part of the problem is that food is too cheap (Northern areas notwithstanding).  Food waste is a drain on our resources and is also an environmental disaster.  Not only are fertilizers and pesticides wasted on food that never gets eaten, plastic packaging adds to the environmental load. How can we ensure both food security and food waste reduction …

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February 2017
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Refugees – Have they been warmly welcomed?

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Avenue Pub,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto,
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It’s been just over a year now since Canada fulfilled its commitment to take in 25,000 refugees from Syria.  More have been coming since thanks to generous Canadians who have put in the time, effort, and money for private sponsorships.

Now that they have been here a year, the federal support is running out.  How are they doing? Are they struggling or flourishing?  It isn’t enough that we simply bring people here, how have the support networks done to give these new Canadians the best chance …

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Gentrification and Displacement in the City

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Honest Ed's,
581 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario M6G 1K3 Canada
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We’re teaming up with The Planning Clinic for a special event as part of the Toronto for Everyone festivities at Honest Ed’s! Join us for one or all parts of the evening.

Talk: Gentrification and Displacement in the City
6:00pm-7:30pm at Honest Ed’s, 581 Bloor Street West

Honest Ed’s was not just a kitschy shopping experience; for many, it was an affordable space and community hub. Join us for a talk exploring neighbourhood change across Toronto as bargain-shop retailers exit areas. Specifically, how do these changes affect neighbourhood …

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January 2017

The State of Journalism

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Wallace Gastropub,
1954 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Z4 Canada
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Freedom of the press is one of the foundations of our democracy but the future of journalism is uncertain. The industry is facing unprecedented challenges. Traditional media companies are looking for new revenue models to stay afloat while the public has gotten used to getting news for free. Independent media organizations struggle with funding, resources, and breaking through the noise. At the same time, the rapid spread of fake news has left many people wondering what’s real and what “news” they can trust.

What happens to …

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Bike Lanes – What’s next?

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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With talk of road tolls, 2017 might be the year that transit really does get friendlier for cyclists.

There’s just shy of half a year worth of data from the Bloor street bike lane pilot project and the reception to those bike lanes will have an impact on transit all over the city.  Will this lead to more bike lanes along major corridors, fewer, but bigger bike paths, or does ridership justify expansion at all?

Albert Koehl, a cycling advocate, and the person largely behind the existence …

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