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Democracy Week

Democracy Week: September 28-October 2, 2015

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Monday, September 28


Event: …But I still can’t vote
Location: Hart House
Time: All day

The purpose of the exhibit is two-fold; first, it will demonstrate the number of different ways people can contribute to, and affect change in, their communities outside of voting. Second, we hope that by highlighting the civic contributions of those who cannot vote that those who can vote will feel moved to exercise their democratic rights.

The exhibit will open the week of September 28, and it will remain up until after the Federal Election on October 19.

Presented by: Hart House and The Centre for International Experience

 

Event: Democracy 5-buck lunch
Location: Great Hall, Hart House
Time: 11:45AM-2PM

5-Buck Lunch is a culinary voyage around the U of T universe that doesn’t empty your wallet! Experience the tastes, sights and sounds of your university while enjoying a fantastic meal.

Cost: $5 students / $7 non-students

More information: http://harthouse.ca/events/5-buck-lunch-11/

Presented by: UTSU as part of Democracy Week

 

Event: Religion, Civic Responsibility and Voting
Location: Croft Chapter House, University College
Time: 3:10 – 4:30 PM

“Recognizing that Canadians’ religious identifications inform their public and political engagement, the panel on Religion, Civic Responsibility and Voting will explore the intersection of religion, civic responsibility, and voting. Panelists will discuss the relationship between religious and civic life in Canadian society, and invite participants to consider implications for critical and informed participation in electoral processes, including the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.

Panelists include:

Amira Elghawaby, Human Rights Coordinator with the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Amira obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001. Since then, she has worked as both a full-time and freelance journalist, writing and producing stories for a variety of media including The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, CBC Radio and New Canadian Media. In 2012, Amira was hired as the National Council of Canadian Muslims Human Rights Co-ordinator to advocate for the human rights & civil liberties of diverse communities.

Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College and former Canadian Senator

Hugh is a former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister in the 1990s, a former Associate Cabinet Secretary in Ontario in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and in June, 2014, he finished a nine year term as Senator representing Ontario. Hugh is a graduate in Canadian History from the University of Ottawa, was a Senior Fellow at both the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and Business School where he taught at the graduate level.

Barbara Lloyd, Programme Co-ordinator, Church in Mission, The United Church of Canada

Barbara works in the General Council office of The United Church of Canada in Toronto. Her work involves planning and implementing advocacy actions and campaigns and working to strengthen congregations’ capacity to live out God’s mission.

Presented by: Multi-Faith Centre

 

Tuesday, September 29


Event: Explore Community Engagement
Location: Meet at the CCP (569 Spadina Ave) then walk to 25 Brunswick Ave
Time: 1-2PM

Looking for ways to connect to the community outside of UofT? The Centre for Community Partnerships can help you find a meaningful ways to get involved while you are at UofT. Come out and meet other students that are interested in community involvement. Then take a walk (about 10 minutes) to visit one of our amazing community partners at Kensington Gardens, a long-term care home for seniors.

Learn about seniors issues and healthcare first hand at Kensington Gardens. They are home to 350 residents who reflect the multicultural diversity of our city. It is located at College St. and Brunswick Ave., just steps away from the St. George Campus.

If you have an accommodation need please email Kristina directly to make appropriate arrangements kristina.minnella@utoronto.ca

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/872711052798533/

Presented by: The Centre for Community Partnerships

 

Event: Varying Views on Democracy: What Can We Expect in the Future?
Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave)
Time: 2-4PM

This is a panel discussion that is being hosted as part of the “democracy week” campaign happening at the University of Toronto between September 28 and October 2nd, 2015.

The panel will bring together four different perspectives on democracy, its prominence in the 21st century, and its future.

Our first panelist, Alexandros Ioannidis, who is the Consul General of Greece in Toronto, will examine the impact democracy has had on the world in the 21st century, all the while paying particular attention to the Greek democratic experience with respect to its current financial struggles.

Our second panelist, Robert Baines, who is the Executive Director of the Canada-Albania Business Council and Corporate Development Officer of the NATO Association of Canada, will then offer insight on democracy through the lens of his experiences with NATO and Canadian foreign relations and policy.

Our third panelist, Dr Vidhya Gyan Tota-Maharaj, who is the Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto, will add her perspectives on democracy as seen from the view of being from a country with such a diverse people who have recently undergone an election.

Our final panelist, Bushra Nassab, who is the President of the Association of Political Science Students, will then zoom in on the Middle Eastern democratic experience and the hope for democracy in the Middle East given the region’s current instability.

The panel will be hosted at Innis Town Hall and will commence with a discussion amongst the panelists, followed by a Q & A, between 2PM – 4PM; which will then be followed by a networking reception in Innis Cafe between 4PM – 5PM.

This event is open to the public and is not restricted to U of T students and Faculty. Please feel free to invite your friends!

Host: University of Toronto Students’ Union & The Association of Political Science Students

 

Event: UC Student Forum
Location: Junior Common Room (within UC, 15 King’s College Circle)
Time: 5-7 PM

A forum run by students, for students, to ensure that political and community issues relevant to U of T students are heard and answered at a party level. In advance of the event, a straw poll will be distributed asking students what issues they feel will most determine their vote or what issues they do not feel are being discussed enough by parties and candidates, and the results of these interactions will determine the agenda of the debate, which will have as its participants UC students who are also members of the four major parties’ U of T student groups. There will be a moderator, and ample opportunity for attendees to question the debate participants. The central draw of this event will be the peer-to-peer nature of the political discourse, hopefully making the concepts of voting and general involvement in the Canadian political system more down-to-earth and relatable; as well, another draw should be the “Issues First” approach, meant to challenge the notion that the platforms offered by political parties, often ignorant of student issues, are impermeable.

Host: University College Literary and Athletic Society

 

Wednesday, September 30


Event: Celebrate The Vote Barbecue
Time: 12-1PM
Location: UTSU Lawn

Come out and for free food, voting resources and learn how to vote! We will also be taking “Voteposal” selfies to promote the campaign #CelebrateTheVote.

Presented by: UTSU Sustainability Commission and the VegClub

 

Vote Pop Up
Location: Sidney Smith (2-4 PM)
Location: Stanford Fleming Pit
Location: University College

Come out and learn how to vote in the upcoming federal election (being held on October 19)

• confirm you are registered with up-to-date information;

• verify your electoral district and polling location;

• find out the ID requirements and ways to vote; and

• practice casting a ballot.

 

Thursday, October 1


University-Rosedale Open Forum & Debate
Location: Lassonde Mining Building, Rm. 128
Time: 5-7PM
Debate and Q&A between University-Rosedale candidates on the topic of Canadian Identity.
Presented by: UTSU

Vote Pop Up
Location: Stanford Fleming Pit
Location: University College

Come out and learn how to vote in the upcoming federal election (being held on October 19)

• confirm you are registered with up-to-date information;

• verify your electoral district and polling location;

• find out the ID requirements and ways to vote; and

• practice casting a ballot.

 

Friday, October 2


 Vote Pop Up
Location: Multifaith Centre (569 Spadina Ave) (11AM – 2PM)
Location: Stanford Fleming Pit
Location: University College

Come out and learn how to vote in the upcoming federal election (being held on October 19)

• confirm you are registered with up-to-date information;

• verify your electoral district and polling location;

• find out the ID requirements and ways to vote; and

• practice casting a ballot.

 

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