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September 2017
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Mental Healthcare in Education

September 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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The last several years has seen an increase in awareness about mental illness and with it better resources for those who need help.

Finland and Australia have been on the leading edge of mental health research in the education system and policies adopted here are often trickled down from their work.  The start of each new school year is when changes to special education support are made, and sometimes it is to the detriment of students.  Many parents feel that they cannot the help they need.

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August 2017
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Fair Housing Plan – Is it going to work?

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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The Ontario government introduced a “Fair Housing Plan” in April as a response to runaway housing prices and tenants facing massive rent increases they could ill afford.

Toronto has already seen the market start to cool thanks to the speculation tax and tightening mortgage rules, but will this have a lasting effect? Vancouver rebounded barely 9 months later. Renters should see some short term relief but the fear will be that, like rent control in the 90s, this discourages new units from coming online. Given the …

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July 2017
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Basic Income: Ontario’s Pilot Project

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Ontario is embarking on a pilot project to test the effectiveness of the Basic Income Guarantee, a form of social assistance in which recipients receive an unconditional sum of money.

The persistence of poverty, rising wealth inequality, and a changing job market are some of the drivers behind the renewed interest in basic income schemes. Even Silicon Valley has started to advocate for basic income as they see their technologies replacing a lot of paid human work in the near future, faster than we can create …

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June 2017
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Trans Rights: Improving Safety for the LGBTQ Community

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Avenue Pub,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto,
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In Ontario, a staggering 20 percent of transgender people experience some form of discrimination and abuse, 45 percent have attempted suicide, while a staggering 77 percent seriously considered it.  Personal safety, something taken for granted by most of us, is a constant fear for many trans and gender non-conforming people.  Many public institutions are now LGBTQ friendly, but we are failing LGBTQ seniors. Seniors facilities remain some of the least hospitable spaces.

While the federal government has introduced Bill C-16 to protect trans people under the …

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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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