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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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 Francisco, New York City and Chicago, a team of dedicated volunteers are bringing this event to Canada for the first time in Toronto.
Toronto Baha’I Centre 288 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1V8 Canada
Thursday, 25 June 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
About the event
Policing in Ontario is under the microscope and the Mayor’s recent announcement denouncing the practice could not have come at a more critical time. Pressure culminating from both community activists and prominent politicians has resulted in both the Toronto Police Services Board and, most recently, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional services to review and standardize policing practices. Join the African Canadian Legal Clinic’s Anthony Morgan and 2014 City Council candidate Idil Burale for a thoughtful discussion of what this may mean for the future of community engagement in policing, and police oversight moderated by Couchiching Conversation host Filsun Mahamed.
About Anthony Morgan and Idil Burale
Anthony Morgan is the Policy and Research Lawyer at the African Canadian Legal Clinic. Committed to social justice and serving the principles of equity, civic engagement, and multiculturalism, he was one of 12 people to be officially recognized as a Black History Month Laureate by Quebec’s Roundtable on Black History Month.
Idil Burale is a current Associate for the Mars Solutions lab. She is an experienced advocate and frequent commentator on urban issues who has been featured on print, radio and TV. Having been an advisor on various civic issues; specifically community safety, she has worked tirelessly over the last few years to strengthen the relationship between the Police and her community of Etobicoke.
For more information
Couchiching Conversations are free public events that aim to provide a safe space for challenging discussions. For more information, please visit www.couchichingconversations.ca.
The Province of Ontario is implementing a new Health and Physical Education curriculum in September of 2015, though a consortium of changes are ahead, the most significant are changes to the Sexual Education Curriculum. Elementary students in particular will be expected at an earlier age to identify body parts, including genitalia; and those in grade eight are expected to understand gender identity. The last several months have seen much criticism around this new document, with staged protests at Queen’s Park and parents withdrawing their kids from school in protest. Beyond the Headlines talked to three experts in this field:
Lyba Spring: A sexual health educator since 1982 and worked in that capacity for Toronto Public Health for30 years. She currently works independently.Lyba is often heard on radio in French and English, and also speaks at conferences and workshops
Dr. Jen Gilbert: An associate professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. Her interests include sexuality education, LGBTQ issues in education, and psychoanalytic theories of teaching and learning. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, York University, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
MPP Garfield Dunlop: Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North and is the Progressive Conservative Critic for Education and Training, Colleges and Universities. MPP Dunlop has previously worked to help renew education and apprenticeship in Ontario. In 2002 he was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education
The Ministry of Education answered some of our questions we sent them, click here to view them.
Location: Telus Tower, 25 York Street, 3rd floor (south of Front Street), Toronto, ON
BIG DATA DEMYSTIFIED
Solution Options & Opportunities for the Health System
Join your friends and colleagues for an afternoon of challenging ideas and conversation at the exquisite TELUS Tower on York St., 3rd Floor from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Friday, June 12, 2015.
Expert Panel Speakers:
Nick Cercone, Principal Investigator, Centre for Information Visualization and Data Driven Design (CIVDDD)
Don Aldridge, Research Executive, Canadian Public Sector, IBM Canada Limited
Tom Vair, Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Astrid Guttmann, Chief Science Officer, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Associate Professor, IHPME, University of Toronto
This event will include a series of expert speakers, who will discuss applications of ‘Big Data’ for health systems and organizational transformation from a research, impact or local perspective; moderated by Dave Thomas, Vice President, Telus Health Solutions; poster-board presentations from the IHPME Research Day 2015 award winners; and networking opportunities for alumni, students and friends.
The winners of this year’s Louise Lemieux-Charles Emerging Health System Leaders Award, Diana Moeser Health Equity and Social Justice Award, and Harold Livergant Award will be announced!
The Rose & Crown
2335 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4P 2C8
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Many people move to Canada already trained in highly skilled fields. Immigrant professionals bring incredible strengths to our communities through their knowledge, languages, experience and education. Yet so many of these professionals end up unemployed or underemployed, while Canadian employers have unmet labour needs. What’s being done to help get these professionals into the workforce sooner? What are the challenges of reconciling the different standards in training and education throughout the world?On June 10, two special guests join us to share their expertise. Please join us in welcoming Art Noordeh, director of the Internationally Educated Professionals Bridging Program at York University, and Omar Lujan, a PhD candidate at Ryerson University studying Mexican immigration in Toronto from a policy and citizenship perspective. Come and discuss the challenges of recognizing foreign credentials, the cost of not doing so, and what the situation is currently.
We will be at our uptown location, The Rose and Crown, at 2335 Yonge Street. Doors open at 7:00 and the discussion begins at 7:30pm.As always, this event is free. Please RSVP to let us know you will be joining us. This event is presented in partnership with The Mexican Global Network, Toronto Chapter.