As many writers and activists have declared for some time now, Canadians -- and citizens in all English-speaking developed countries -- are facing a crisis in democracy. Another way of putting it is that we face a democratic deficit. That term harkens back to a book written 35 years ago called the Crisis in Democracy, commissioned by the Trilateral Commission (TLC), an international neo-liberal forum of CEOs, former and current heads of state and free market academics. The crisis they were talking about was different. As Samuel Huntington, a prominent American neo-liberal wrote in the book, there was "an excess of democracy." Too many people were asking governments for too many things -- and, even more dangerous, beginning to believe they were entitled to them.
Earth Hour – an hour that brings people of all ages and backgrounds around the world together to sound a clear call-to-action for our most pressing global challenge: climate change. Switching off the lights for an hour lets take the time to turn on the inner scanners and ask ourselves some tough questions about the world we live in? Off all things we could do for the environment – what is the most effective?
Global warming, melting polar caps, disappearing species, depleting ozone, receding rainforests and fast growing deserts – which problem should we deal with first ? Will we find the answer to these questions at conferences and seminars discussing strategies to reduce emission or change environmental law or do we have to look deeper and closer than that.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO EQUITY STUDIES STUDENT UNION PRESENTS
DECOLONIZING OUR MINDS 2014: IDENTITIES, COLLECTIVITIES & IMAGINED COMMUNITIES
Several weeks after a young man had been hired, he was called into the personnel directors office. "What is the meaning of this?" the director asked. "When you applied for this job, you told us you had five years experience. Now we discovered this is the first job you've ever held. "Well," the young man replied, "in your advertisement you said you wanted somebody with imagination."
“The basic goal of this movement is to restore the role of the Two Spirit person in Indigenous North American communities,” is how the organization NativeOUT describes the Two Spirit Movement. NativeOUT works to on behalf of Native LGBTQ people supporting Two Spirit societies in a variety of locations.
As a part of this work, NativeOUT offers a broad and very educational Resource Center with everything from book and film recommendations to an extensive research guide with tips on proper documentation and academic process.
We are hosting a festive Community Christmas Dinner with The Daily Grind to celebrate our neighbours, help the vulnerable and raise some cash to get them through the cold winter. Come enjoy a feast, entertainment and some good cheer. The lovely ChinaDoll is the Mistress of Ceremonies. Each ticket purchased buys a meal and gifts for a vulnerable community member. Join us, eat and be merry!
Toronto Community Development Institute (TCDI)
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