Girls Do Politics

Interested in issues facing young women? Looking to explore ways to be heard by the federal government? Does a DIY cupcake decoration bar sound like an awesome way to spend your Saturday?

If you identify as female and are between 13-20, we invite you to join Vass Bednar (the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto) in identifying and discussing issues uniquely facing young women as we approach the 2015 Federal Election.
With the economy as a top talking point in this election season, topics facing young people and women from all backgrounds aren’t being prioritized. Together we can workshop specific issues to present to key Federal leaders to make ensure our voices are heard.

This event is free and conveniently located near Bathurst Station at Bloor and Bathurst. The space is wheelchair accessible, though the bathrooms are not. Snacks and refreshment will be provided.

Please RSVP using Eventbrite and email Lauren with any questions:

Organized by Women in Toronto Politics and Feminist Canada, partnered with Project Slut and funded by a grant from the Laidlaw Foundation.

Sept 19


More info here 

Young, Canadian and Muslim: Making our Ballots Count!

A Federal Election Debate on Multiculturalism and the Muslim Community

On October 19th, 2015, Canadians across the country will take to the polls to vote 338 representatives into federal office. Canadian Muslims, members of a growing and diverse group in this country, will be doing so as well. However, despite the fact that Muslim communities have existed in Canada for many years now, a number of young Canadian Muslims report an increasing sense of alienation and dissatisfaction with the system.

We believe it is important that these youth voices and votes are counted during the election. In recognition of the need to highlight these voices, ‘Young, Canadian and Muslim: Making Our Ballots Count!’ was created by a concerned group of young people.

As part of this project, consultations were held in Mississauga with representatives of several youth organizations from across the GTA. During these consultations, participants came to the conclusion that they would like to receive clear answers from federal politicians through the medium of a federal election debate.

What will be debated?

The Issues
1. Job opportunities for young people
2. Canada’s growing income inequality
3. Restrictions upon Canadian civil liberties
4. Recent changes to Immigration and Citizenship legislation
5. The intensification of Islamophobia in Canadian federal politics and political culture

Who will be debating?

Hon. Jason Kenney Conservative Minister of Multiculturalism (invited)
Hon. John McCallum, Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism (confirmed)
Andrew Cash, NDP Critic for Multiculturalism (confirmed)
Linh Nguyen, Green Critic for Citizenship (confirmed)

Desmond Cole (confirmed)
Naheed Mustafa (confirmed)

Aga Khan Museum

September 18, 2015

6:30PM – 9:30PM

RSVP here

Sept 14/15: Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity Paper Release: Working Paper 22 Launch

Event Details

Business Economics | Organizational Behaviour & HR Management | Working Papers | Speaker Series

Date: Monday September 14, 2015 | 08:00 AM – 09:30 AM
Speaker(s): Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and Executive Director, Martin Prosperity Institute
Topic: Infrastructure investment in Canada and Ontario
Venue: MBA Classroom 1065 (Ground Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Cost: Free – All are welcome; please pre-register as space is limited

Register Here

Inequality in the United States

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Koffler House
SDM Auditorium
569 Spadina Ave.


Ralph Nader
Consumer Advocate, Lawyer, and Author

Ralph Nader has been called one of America’s most effective social critics. He also has been called everything from Muckraker to Consumer Crusader to Public Defender. His documented criticism of government and industry has had widespread effect on public awareness and bureaucratic power. He is the “U.S.’s toughest customer” as Time magazine noted. His inspiration and example have galvanized a whole population of consumer advocates, citizen activists, and public interest lawyers who in turn have established their own organizations throughout the country

Register here

Political Staffers

Following the investigation into the gas plant scandal, question’s were raised about the authority, training and ethics being imparted on minister’s staff at Queen’s Park. This week we look at this report and interview three experts.

Integrity Commissioner Lynn Morrison: Integrity Commissioner of Ontario

Paul Wilson: Associate Professor at the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University. Former director of policy from 2009-2011, and also served as acting chief of staff during the 2011 election campaign in Office of the Prime Minister of Canada.

Vasiliki Bednar: Associate Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute


Champions Of Red Wine by The New Pornographers

Lobbyist by Great Bloomers

The Weather Song by Ought

Host: Allison Smith
Executive Producer: Nirmalan Vijeyakumar
Technical Producer: Janet Tsang
Editing Producer: Emily Rasmussen & Alyssa Wali

Women in Public Policy

What’s the deal with women and public policy in Canada? In this episode, these policy-minded women debate the issues, the appropriate role for the state, and identify leadership opportunities for consumers. They also pretend there’s a “Women’s Party of Canada” and draft their platform.


Ashley Csanady – Reporter and Web Producer with the National Post

Supriya Dwivedi – Consultant at Crestview Strategy

Elise Maiolino – PhD student at the University of Toronto

Show Credits

Host: Vass Bednar

Show Producer: Emma Helfand-Green

Technical Producer: Emily Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Nirmalan Vijeyakumar

Musical Credits

Sailing by The Strumbellas

Physician-Assisted Suicide

In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada decided that the laws prohibiting physician-assisted death were unconstitutional. The Court gave the Canadian Government one year to craft new legislation or laws before eliminating the two laws from the Criminal Code. So, what’s next for Canada? What changes in policy need to take place to balance a Canadian’s desire for a dignified death with the duty to protect the vulnerable? Most importantly, as all Canadians age, what does the Carter v. Canada decision mean for us and our loved ones?

Lesley Hirst – Palliative Care Nurses Interest Group
Dr. Jaqueline Chow – Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia
Françoise Hébert – Dying with Dignity Canada

Show Credits

Host & Show Producer: Daphne Cheung
Technical Producers: Gagan Batra & Alyssa Walli
Executive Producer: Nirmalan Vijeyakumar

Music Credits

Archie, Marry Me by Alvvays
This Cold Escape by Amos the Transparent
Dead of Winter by Adam Washburn

Toronto Youth Cabinet Summer Training Day

Toronto Youth Cabinet Summer Training Day

Toronto Youth Cabinet

Saturday, 25 July 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Toronto, ON

Are you between the ages of 13- 24 and interested in getting involved in youth advocacy in Toronto? Join the Toronto Youth Cabinet!

On Saturday, July 25th, the Toronto Youth Cabinet will be hosting our quarterly training. This is the opportunity for interested youth and new members to learn more about City Hall and the Cabinet, as well as qualify to vote at monthly meetings. Training will include the following sessions:

– Welcome to City Hall & the Toronto Youth Cabinet: an introduction to City resources and TYC programming

– Anti-Oppression Training: see this great explainer on anti-oppression from Shameless Magazine

– Robert’s Rules of Order: handy tutorial on the system TYC uses to organize meetings

– Organizing 101 with special guest facilitator

– Team Building

– And More!

Day starts at 10:00am. Full schedule will be sent prior to training day.

Lunch will be provided. TTC tokens are available. Space is accessible. Please let us know if you have any accessibility or dietary needs by emailing

Be sure to sign up for our email listserv if you haven’t already!


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?


University/Spadina Line: St. Andrew Station

Streetcar:  #503 King; #504 King; #508 King; (King and York Stop)


Paid parking is available nearby.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us any questions you have at!

Can I update my registration information?

To update your registration, please email us at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Register here


This episode will explore the organizational capacity of the not-for-profit sector. The not-for-profit is a service provider to the general public, an advocate for community needs, and an overall driver of economic growth. Despite its growing importance, it still remains overlooked in many public policy discussions. We will be asking our guests about how the sector can improve its capacity and resiliency. Furthermore, we will explore challenges facing the sector as well as innovative capacity building projects underway in the field.

Jamie Van Ymeren – Policy Associate, Mowat Centre NFP

Sarah Park – Communications Director, Canadian Association of Retired Persons

Cayla Baarda – Internal Relations Director, Public Good Initiative

Show Credits

Host: Jordann Thirgood

Show Producer: Tracy Wang

Technical Producers: Emma Helfand-Green & Janet Tsang

Executive Producer: Emily Rasmussen

Music Credits:

Moonshine Queen by Dead Broke

Bed Spins by The Dying Arts

Half Asleep by Animal Faces

Brides Song by Yukon Blonde

Civic Design Camp Toronto

9am – 5:30pm
Friday, June 26, 2015
MaRS Discovery District Auditorium
101 College St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Civic Design Camp is an action-packed, hands-on day of learning and sharing intended to bring together designers, public servants, and civic innovators of all stripes. Together, we will harness the power of design in creating better citizen experiences and tackling public challenges.

After successful Civic Design Camps in San FranciscoNew York City and Chicago, a team of dedicated volunteers are bringing this event to Canada for the first time in Toronto.

More info and buy tickets here