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July 2012

Canadian Corporations abroad: Putting corporate accountability on the Human Rights agenda

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada
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Over the past few years Amnesty International has started asking some hard questions about the impact that some business practices have on Human Rights. Are Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards enough to prevent Human Rights violations? Is business altruism enough to make the world a better place? Do you think Canadian corporate initiatives abroad should have the same responsibility as they do domestically? Can foreign private investment be part of the solution to the development conundrum?

Canadian businesses are expanding across the globe, causing many to …

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August 2012

Is Canadian Media Speaking Truth to Power?

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada
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The ability to speak truth to power is key to any healthy democracy. To a large extent, that role gets filled by the media. A strong, independent media helps shape people’s perspectives about politics and gives them the information they need to make evidence-based political decisions.

However, the effectiveness of the media in providing unbiased content is often criticized. There is concern from all levels that the media drives traffic by focusing on the politics rather than the policy, leaving Canadians with more personality-drive sizzle than …

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September 2012

Charter rights – Are they worth the risk?

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada
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Many Canadians consider Omar Khadr’s treatment by American and Canadian authorities to be immoral, and even illegal. But few understand the legal precedent set by his plight.

Canadian officials not only helped violate Khadr’s Charter rights; they made it possible for those violations to be made against any of us. Canadian law has changed significantly since 9/11, making the average citizen far more vulnerable to abuses of power than before.

On the evening of Monday, September 17, Why Should I Care welcomes guest speaker, Dr. Barbara J. Falk, to …

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January 20132013
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Why Should I Care About Transit in the GTA?

January 21, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, Ontario Canada
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John Tory, former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and Leslie Woo, VP policy and planning from Metrolinx will lead a discussion about improving transit in Toronto

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February 2013

Why Should I Care about Democratic Reform?

February 25, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, ON Canada
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Three times in 5 years, Canada has seen one of its legislatures shut down when the government of the day was under fire.  It seems that as Canadians, we are being conditioned to believe that question period is a mere formality rather than a means to hold the government accountable.

Some observers have blamed the erosion of democracy on our antiquated First Past the Post voting system.  Since this system makes it easier to form majority governments, it has helped increase the power of parties and …

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March 2013
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Why Should I Care About Casino Toronto?

March 25, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, ON Canada
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On March 25, WSIC will be hosting a discussion about the costs and benefits of having a Casino. We’ll strip away the rhetoric and try to have an honest discussion about what a Casino really means to this city.

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April 2013

Why Should I Care about Road Infrastructure?

April 15, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, Ontario Canada

The Gardiner Expressway is a costly problem for Toronto to deal with. Should the city fix it, toll it, sell it, or demolish it?

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May 2013

Why Should I Care about muzzled federal scientist?

May 27, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub,
39 Prince Arthur Ave Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Canada has faced criticism from the scientific community because of restrictions placed on federal scientists to share research. Is it just perception or have scientists been prevented from sharing research results?

Professor Jeffrey Hutchings, Killam Professor of biology at Dalhousie University, joins us Monday May 27th to share his views about why the free flow of research is important to Canada and to Canadians. Stephen Strauss, a journalist with over 30 years of experience covering science for major newspapers will share his perspective about how the …

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June 2013

Why Should I Care about the Green Economy?

June 17, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York,
39 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto, Canada
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Conventional wisdom in Canada suggests that environmentalism comes at the cost of national wealth, and a drop in our standard of living.  Jim Harris, former leader of the federal Green party, author of two best-selling novels, and avid blogger, thinks this is a false dichotomy.

He writes that “companies are applying a central guiding principle to their business sustainability strategies [and they] derive economic benefits from improved environmental and social outcomes.” In other words, corporate social responsibility is delivering results to the bottom line.

Jim will be …

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July 2013

Why Should I Care about Aboriginal Justice?

July 22, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub,
39 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Carolyn Bennett and Todd Ross joins WSIC for a discussion about Aboriginal Justice.

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