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Rebuilding democracy, from the community up

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.

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The Peoples' Social Forum: The first day

August 21, 2014
| Highlights from the first day of a gathering of activists, journalists, artists and thinkers in Ottawa from across Canada.
Length: 31:06 minutes (56.98 MB)

Sunday in the Park Festival 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location

Regent Park
620 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 36.7596" N, 79° 21' 48.5496" W

The Sunday in the Park Festival is the longest running annual event in Regent Park and this year is even more special. We are celebrating our 23rd Anniversary on Sunday in the recently reopened New Regent Park.

This year's event will bring an impressive line-up of local entertainers, performers, food vendors, marketplace and a large community barbecue.

The Yonge Street Mission and other amazing partner agencies, local businesses and residents coordinate and run this annual event with the help of many wonderful volunteers.

For more information, please contact:

Theresa Simmonds,

The Yonge Street Mission

416-929-9614 ext 3250

 

 

 

Toronto youth campaign to resurrect a beloved arts program

Photo: Jeannine Pitas

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The Sharing Project

March 5, 2014
| Following on the success of the Vancouver Tool Library, co-founder Chris Diplock decided to find out what resources people share, who they share with and what motivates them to do it.
Length: 12:24 minutes (11.36 MB)

Earth Hour Special! Switching off and Turning on: Transforming the outer and inner environment

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 6:30pm

Location

Bhakti Lounge - Heart of Yoga
117 Dundas St. E
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 23.742" N, 79° 22' 35.7636" W

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.

Equity Studies Student Union presents: Decolonizing Our Minds 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location

William Doo Auditorium
45 Wilcocks St.
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 40.4856" N, 79° 24' 3.2256" W

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO EQUITY STUDIES STUDENT UNION PRESENTS

DECOLONIZING OUR MINDS 2014: IDENTITIES, COLLECTIVITIES & IMAGINED COMMUNITIES

https://www.facebook.com/events/1415342648710470/

The Ethics Recession

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 6:30pm

Location

Bhakti Lounge - Heart of Yoga
117 Dundas St. E
Toronto, ON
Canada

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."

Two Spirit Resource Centre

“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.

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