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June 2014
Free

What are the Impacts of Police Carding Policies?

June 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, ON Canada
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Police carding policies have impacts on the communities that they serve. WSIC will explore what those impacts are and how they can be stemmed.

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August 2014

Municipal Policies for At-Risk Youth

August 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, ON Canada
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Steve Ambrose and Andray Domise will discuss municipal policies that will help at-risk youth and ways to help keep them engaged with their communities and in school.

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Toronto Municipal Election: Mayoral Platform Discussion

August 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Baton Rouge (North York),
5000 Yonge St North York, Canada
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Toronto’s mayoral debate needs an injection of policy analysis. Aug 26th, WSIC will host the two candidates with the most substantial platforms for a discussion about what this city needs.

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April 20152015

Recovering Energy From Waste: An Environmental Dilemma

April 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As cities grow and demands on our time increase, invariably, we opt for convenience when available. This usually means an increase in single use disposable items such as prepared food containers, packaged chemical cleaning solutions and other such functional products. Most of our materials truthfully can’t be recycled and without a doubt, a great deal ends up in the great Pacific garbage patch as shipping containers fall off ships with our plastic “recycling” bound for China.

 

Many countries in the world have already led the way with recovering energy from …

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November 2015
Free

Why Should I Care About the Sharing Economy?

November 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rose and Crown,
2335 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4P 2C8 Canada
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The rapid rise of the “sharing economy” (services like Uber, Airbnb) is revolutionizing the way we satisfy our daily needs and completely transforming traditional markets. With customers happily pocketing savings, policy makers are having to respond to these changes. The discussion has slowly shifted from “should we ban Uber?” to “how should we regulate the sharing economy?”

Join us WSIC Uptown on November 11th as we welcome four special guests to share their opinions on the implications of the sharing economy and suggest how policy makers should respond to this economic …

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January 20162016
Free

Pedestrian Zones in Toronto

January 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Janice Soloman and Paul Bedford discuss the pros and cons of pedestrians zones and Toronto can have one of its own.

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April 2016
Free

Toronto: A Tale of Three Cities

April 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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How can Toronto mend it’s three cities? Find out April 18 at The Madison.

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May 2016
Free

Preserving Local Heritage

May 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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There are more cranes in Toronto than any other city in North America. Not even New York has seen this level of rapid construction. While many people are happy to see densification in the city, we don’t want to lose the essence of Toronto. In addition to planning developments so neighbourhoods are walkable, accessible, and vibrant, it is important to maintain some history.

Many Torontonians will remember fondly the sign from “Sam the Record Man”.  While the sign was salvaged with a promise to …

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October 2016

Reducing our Environmental Impact

October 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison,
14 Madison Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S7
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Dear Friends,

 

The environmental challenges our society faces can sometimes feel overwhelming. Join us October 17 at the Madison Pub to meet two people who have reduced our strain on the planet through individual or small group efforts.

 

Greg Labbé, from BlueGreen Consulting Group, will talk about the energy savings that can come from retrofitting existing buildings. Dave Mugford, a resident of the Mayfair on the Green condo tower in Scarborough, will talk about how he and other members of his condo board managed to turn their …

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January 20172017

Bike Lanes – What’s next?

January 16, 2017 @ 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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