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April 2019
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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 Lawyer, will be joining us on …

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March 2019
Free

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 this 3 year rewrite?

Food researcher and author Alissa …

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February 2019
Free

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 of Charter City Toronto, joins us February …

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January 2019
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Digital Rights – Privacy, Fair Use, and the lack of Clarity

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Avenue Pub,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto,
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Digital Rights, Privacy, Fair Use – These are all issues that we don’t have clarity on. Canada needs to create laws to get ahead of technology and not constantly be lagging behind.

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November 20182018
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Ranked Ballots – Should Ontario adopt it province wide?

November 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Avenue Pub,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto,
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Is it time Toronto adopted a ranked ballot system to elect our city representation?

On October 22, London Ontario elected its first city council based on ranked ballots. It’s already in used in London, England, San Francisco, St. Paul’s Minnesota, and many other countries as far afield as Australia and Ireland. What are the advantages and what are the drawbacks? What can we expect to see from our first municipality in Ontario to use the system?

Michael Urban from Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto, and , Bryan …

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October 2018
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Uploading Toronto’s Subway – Is it a good idea?

October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Madison Avenue Pub,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto,
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Is uploading the Subway to the province a good idea?

Is it a backdoor to the eventual privatization of the TTC or could regional management make the entire system more efficient? The Premier’s details are scant but such a move could be either disastrous or beneficial to the system.

A special advisor has been appointed to develop the best approach to upload the asset. Premier Ford wants this to be the keystone of a regional transportation system while critics see this as the first step towards privatization.

Former …

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September 2018
Free

Reducing Toronto’s City Council

September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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What impact will reducing Toronto’s council size have on the residents of Toronto?

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August 2018
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Non-Citizen Voting – Should Municipalities consider this?

August 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Should municipalities consider allowing non citizens to vote to increase voter participation?

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July 2018
Free

Is there Value to a Diversity City Council?

July 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Does Diversity benefit the city? How about diverse representation?

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June 2018
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Vision Zero or Zero Vision?

June 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Vision Zero or Zero Vision?
What is Toronto doing to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety?

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