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January 2018

NAFTA – what should Canada expect?

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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President Trump thinks Canadians are being difficult. Canada’s Ambassador described the talks as “heated” but productive, and predicted “drama” ahead. To add further post Brexit dysfunction to the array, the UK wants in on NAFTA as though the name wasn’t a hint.

For all the doom and gloom about NAFTA in the 80s, there aren’t a lot of voices in Canada calling for its demise.  What’s the future of Canadian corporations if NAFTA talks die and President Trump gets to “kill” the agreement?

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November 20172017

Legalizing Marijuana – Impacts of Legislation

November 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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What are the expected impacts of legalizing marijuana both to those in the industry and to the medical community?

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October 2017

Rising Waters – Are we ready to cope?

October 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Ontario and Quebec saw a lot of water this year. Flooding in the first half of summer kept the Toronto Islands closed for much of the season. Watching the devastation wrought by what seems like an endless line of Hurricanes down south is really forcing us to think about our own infrastructure resiliency.

Once in 500 year storms are happening with increasing frequency. Flooding is becoming common place in Toronto.

What are we doing to make sure our critical infrastructure is ready for future weather events? Are …

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September 2017
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Mental Healthcare in Education

September 18, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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