Syria – Geopolitics and the Politics of Intervention

What began as peaceful protests in Syria against President Bashar Al-Assad has since descended into civil war.  What is happening on the ground in Syria right now?  What has been the international humanitarian and diplomatic response?


  • Sven Spengemann, Visiting Professor, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, and formerly United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq.
  • Faisal Alazem, Syrian Canadian Council.
  • Rob Rubbini, Lead Analyst, Global Governance Division at the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

Tony Bitonti: Plans for a Casino in Downtown Toronto

The city is about to undergo public consultiation regarding plans to build a casino in downtown Toronto.  These plans are being led in part by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.  Tony Bitonti, a spokesperson for the agency, explains their plan.

Gambling Policy in Ontario

Our daily news headlines in the Toronto area are marked by discussions about a potential casino being constructed in the downtown core.  But what are the associated challenges, risks, and opportunities for a new casino in the Greater Toronto Area?


On Jan 9, public consultations began in the City of Toronto for a potential casino.  Learn about it and have your say.

Toronto’s Condo Boom and Vertical Population

We have seen a condominium boom in the Greater Toronto Area.  What are the opportunities and challenges that it presents our city and our region?


Photo credit: JasonParis / Foter / CC BY

Honourable Margarett Best: Revitalizing Ontario’s Condominium Act

The Honourable Margarett Best explains why we need to bring Ontario’s Condominium Act up to date to reflect new types of condominium buildings, growth in demand, and a shift in who the buyers are in the condo market place.

Climate Change in the Arctic and Managing Carbon Emissions

What are your impressions on the environment?  We gather thoughts from a Norwegian polar explorer who was the first to sail the Arctic in one season and from a cap and trade expert on practical measures to control emissions.


Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory