‘Tragedy in the Commons’ Book Event

TragedyitC - postcard_2PIn Tragedy in the Commons, authors Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan use an unprecedented eighty interviews with former parliamentarians from across the political spectrum to reveal the challenges facing our democracy.

Please join us in the John Kinder Labatt Lounge at the Labatt Brewery for an evening of food, drinks and discussion with the authors. $15 ticket price includes entrance, refreshments and light snacks. $30 tickets also include an advance copy of the book (to be picked up at the event). Books will also be available for purchase on-site at the retail price of $30.

Monday, 7 April 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Labatt Breweries (John Kinder Labatt Lounge)
150 Simcoe St
London, ON N6A 4M3

Register here.

Please contact jesse@helmer.ca with any questions.

What folks are saying about the book

“Tragedy in the Commons is a thoughtful analysis of what is broken in our democracy and a must-read for anyone concerned about Canada’s politics.”
Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans

“Members of Parliament go to Ottawa hoping and promising to make a difference; but as these riveting revelations show, high priorities get lost too easily in the widening chasm between constituents, party leaders and good conscience…”
Isabel Bassett, former Member of Provincial Parliament

“Tragedy in the Commons is mandatory reading for all Members of Parliament and Canadians.”
Michael Wilson, former Minister of Finance and Canadian Ambassador to the United States

About the authors

Alison Loat is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Samara. A regular commentator on Canadian politics, she is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a former consultant with McKinsey & Company. For her work as a co-founder of Canada25, she was recognized as a young leader by Maclean’s and the Public Policy Forum. She was also selected as one of the top 100 women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network, and has received both the Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals for her service to Canada.

Michael MacMillan is a co-founder and the Chair of Samara. He’s also the CEO of the Canadian-based company Blue Ant Media. He was previously the executive chairman and CEO of Alliance Atlantis Communications. MacMillan co-founded the original Atlantis Films in 1978, which won an Oscar in 1984 for its short film Boys and Girls. A recipient of the Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals for service to Canada, he is also a co-owner of Closson Chase, a vineyard and winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Wednesday’s City Symposium

Meet some more of London’s most amazing artists, advocates, and academics!

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Wednesday, May 15, 2013) at the Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library (251 Dundas Street).

The City Symposium is an entertaining and enlightening evening that brings you face to face with London’s best and brightest. Learn, discover, and love your city!

Free. All are welcome. No registration required. Join us afterwards for socializing and discussion (and free nachos!) at the Fox and Fiddle pub (355 Wellington Street, at King).

Julie McMullin (@JulieMcMullin) is a world-renowned scholar in the areas of aging, gender and ethnicity. She serves as Western University’s first-ever Vice-Provost (International). She is also a Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Western and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her recent research examines social inequality in paid work, especially in relation to older workers.

Holly Painter (@Hey_MissP) is a spoken word artist sharing her stories of struggle and triumph on slam stages, at community events, and in schools. Holly is the Director and two-time Grand Slam Champion of the London Poetry Slam, has performed at two national spoken word festivals, and most recently opened a TEDx event for her largest audience to date. She is a powerful voice for positive change and uses her words to entertain and inspire others.

Richard Bain is likely Ontario’s most well-known landscape photographer, with fourteen table top books on different aspects of his home province to his credit. These photo collections include, London, Western University, Stratford, Thames River, and many more. Richard, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, attributes his time as a photographer at the student newspaper The Gazette as the reason he pursued photography as a career.

Mindy Williamson, (@MindyWilliamson) the event’s host and MC, is a professor at the School of Broadcast Journalism and Radio Broadcasting at Fanshawe College. She spent twenty years in the radio broadcast industry in London as a reporter, news anchor, and co-host of several radio morning shows. In addition, Mindy recently started her own business, Speaking Matters, coaching public speaking and presentation skills development.

Only 22 days away!

The next City Symposium event is only 22 days away.

Be sure not to miss compelling presentations Julie McMullin, Richard Bain, and Holly Painter! It is all happening on May 15, at 7:00pm at the Central Library Wolf Performance Hall. Admission is free!

For more details about the event and speakers, check out citysymposium.com

Please forward this message on to a friend and invite them to come along and meet some of London’s most intriguing artists, academics, and advocates.

City Symposium XIV – May 15, 2013

Meet some more of London’s most amazing artists, advocates, and academics at the May 15, 2013 City Symposium!

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library (251 Dundas Street).

Free. All are welcome. No registration required. Join us afterwards for socializing and discussion (and free nachos!) at the Fox and Fiddle pub (355 Wellington Street, at King).

Julie McMullin (@JulieMcMullin) is a world-renowned scholar in the areas of aging, gender and ethnicity. She serves as Western University’s first-ever Vice-Provost (International). She is also a Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Western and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her recent research examines social inequality in paid work, especially in relation to older workers.

 

Holly Painter (@Hey_MissP) is a spoken word artist sharing her stories of struggle and triumph on slam stages, at community events, and in schools. Holly is the Director and two-time Grand Slam Champion of the London Poetry Slam, has performed at two national spoken word festivals, and most recently opened a TEDx event for her largest audience to date. She is a powerful voice for positive change and uses her words to entertain and inspire others.

 

Nick Soave (@NickSoave) is a community advocate born and raised in London.  His passion is simple, he wants to make London a better place. He is currently the Operations Lead for Impact Junk Solutions a Social Enterprise created by WOTCH Community Mental Health Services.  He works with a team of 13 people, who live with mental illness, and every day they provide solutions for Londoner’s junk.

 

Mindy Williamson, (@MindyWilliamson) the event’s host and MC, is a professor at the School of Broadcast Journalism and Radio Broadcasting at Fanshawe College. She spent twenty years in the radio broadcast industry in London as a reporter, news anchor, and co-host of several radio morning shows. In addition, Mindy recently started her own business, Speaking Matters, coaching public speaking and presentation skills development.

City Symposium XIII – February 13, 2013

City Symposium XIII is honoured to host the candidates running for the next term of the London Youth Advisory Council, as they present their hopes, dreams, and plans for the next generation of London. This is a great opportunity to glimpse the future, and to listen to the voices that will shape our community in the years to come.

When? Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Central Library (251 Dundas Street).

Free. No registration required. Post-event hangout (and free nachos) afterwards at the Fox & Fiddle (255 Wellington at King).

Get involved.

Find more information about the London Youth Advisory Council at lyac.ca

See you on Wednesday, February 13th!

City Symposium XII – October 10, 2012

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall

Or…Meet in your neighborhood!
Live simulcast at Beacock, Jalna, Pond Mills, and Sherwood library branches.
(See library page for more location details!)

Free admission at all sites

Please let us know if you are coming!
Eventbrite Registration
(Registration optional, drop-ins are welcome!)

Download event poster (PDF)

Feature speakers:

Every day there are incredible people working hard to make London an awesome city. You are invited to come and listen to some of these people share their spectacular hopes and visions. Plus, you will be invited to participate in ReThink London, the city-building initiative led by the city’s planning division that is setting the goals that will influence the future of London for years to come. This is your opportunity to help create the picture of what we would like our city to become, both now and in the future.

Along the way, be inspired by some inspiring Londoners…

Naeema Farooqi came to Canada 2 years ago, and loves being here. She loves being part of the whole and excited about the opportunity which are presented in Canada. She likes photography, writing, teaching and facebooking!  She started her own community lifestyle magazine called London LINK in January 2011 which aims to be a good news magazine which sends out positive vibes about the people of London and beyond!  You can find more information at www.londonlinkmag.com Farooqi was also a member of the City of London’s Community Engagement Task Force Committee. She presented at the Creative Cities of Canada’s Network Un-Conference in London. (10th May 2011) and conducts engaging workshops for the youth on self-development.

Joel Adams is the President of VENDEV Management, and has taught entrepreneurship and innovation to engineering students at Western University for the past ten years, where he also spent seven years growing Western’s Research Park into one of the largest and most successful technology incubation organizations in Canada. An active champion of entrepreneurs and small business, Joel currently serves as chairperson of Downtown London’s revitalization board, and is close to completing a personal quest to eat at every restaurant (700+) in London, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Adams established and was the first graduate of the dual degree program between the Richard Ivey School of Business and Western Engineering, and was the founding president of the Western Engineering Alumni Society.

Connor Lyons, 22, is an inaugural member of the London Youth Advisory Council, which seeks to provide a voice at City Hall for London’s next generation. Born and raised in the Forest City, Connor is currently pursuing concurrent Honours Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Political Science at Western. He is extremely active on-campus as President of the Richard Ivey School of Business’ HBA Association and as a member of the University Student’s Council. Connor is passionate about youth citizen engagement, and believes that with some forethought, London can continue to be “awesome” for years and years to come.

Maureen Spencer Golovchenko is Community Collaboration Program Manager for Pillar Nonprofit Network and is delighted to return to the nonprofit world equipped with a decade of experience honed as Executive Assistant to London’s former Mayor. An IABC-accredited communications professional with a dynamic career path, Maureen earned customer service experience with the Co-operators, served as a journalistic watchdog with CJBK and AM980 News, provided communications and media relations support to Western University, and fulfilled key national staff leadership roles with Jesse’s Journey and The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

Reta Van Every is a member of the Nah Duh Mah Duh Win committee, seeking to bring truth and reconciliation around the legacy of residential school the local London context. Reta works as an Aboriginal liaison, providing direct support to residential survivors. Reta is herself a survivor of residential schools.

Learn more about upcoming City Symposium events this year!

Thank You for a Great Year!

Thank you, London, for you curiosity and eagerness to discover.

Thank you, presenters and performers, who took the time to share your insights, ideas, and creations with us this year.

The City Symposium is now on hiatus for the summer … but 2012-2013 is shaping up to be an incredible year.

We look forward to seeing you in the Fall! Be sure to watch this space for updates.

City Symposium XI – May 17, 2012

You are invited to the final City Symposium before the summer break! The eleventh City Symposium event is Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Central Library (251 Dundas Street). Free. No registration required.

Facebook event details.

Post-event hangout (and free nachos) afterwards at the Fox & Fiddle (255 Wellington at King).

Featuring presentations from…

Yong Kang is a molecular virologist and Professor of Virology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. He has developed a second generation vaccine against hepatitis B virus and an experimental vaccine against HIV/AIDS by using state-of-the-art technologies of genetic engineering and biotechnology.

 

Eva Blahut (National Theatre School alumni) and Justin Quesnelle (UWO alumni) are the founders and artistic directors of Passionfool Theatre – the resident theatre company of The ARTS Project in downtown London. Now in the midst of their 5th season, Passionfool has garnered a reputation for staging engaging and provacative productions that focus on actor driven story telling.

 

Doug Ferguson works at Western’s Faculty of Law as Adjunct Professor and Director of Community Legal Services, which provides legal services to people who cannot afford a lawyer. Prior to joining Western, he was a partner in what is now the Szemenyei MacKenzie Godin law firm, practising in the areas of civil litigation, wills and estates, and tax law. He was also a federal prosecutor for the Canada Revenue Agency. He has a passion for teaching, mentoring, and assisting people in need.

Your host for the evening will be…

James Shelley is the instigator and coordinator of the City Symposium series. He is also presently a research assistant at Western University and a community worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Along with hosting, James will share some plans for the year ahead and opportunities for getting involved with the City Symposium in the future.

City Symposium X – April 18, 2012

The tenth City Symposium event is Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Central Library (251 Dundas Street). Free. No registration required.

Post-event hangout (and free nachos) afterwards at the Fox & Fiddle (255 Wellington at King).

Featuring presentations from…

Mike Atkinson. My main focus is effective teaching in a large class format. The goal is to try to understand what works and why. Instructor characteristics and structure are clearly important, but aspects of delivery can be used to become more effective. I look at large class teaching as “educational theatre” and one must treat the lecture in that fashion. For example, theatres have sets, ambiance, scripts and production involved in a presentation. We can use these metaphors in the large class to become more effective instructors. Current interests include the use of multimedia in the classroom, structure of media materials, effective lecturing, test construction, learning styles, class size, and the effective use of nonverbal behaviour.

Art Fidler. Raised in Strathroy by parents who loved sports and theatre, my other inspirations as a kid were my piano teacher, Marguerite Johnston, who persisted in helping me learn to sing on key (or close), Canada’s musical genius, Don Wright, an old Strathroy boy, who came back to Colborne St. Public School, and helped me and 2 friends to form a performance group called 2 Sharps and a Flat (me as the Flat), and my cool high school Latin teacher, Phil Sparling, who gave us the faith that he really cared about us, and who put on Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with big casts of high school kids, way back in the 1950’s. I was a kid lucky enough to have quality contact with artists who cared and who took kids seriously, and so my future was made. University of Western Ontario (good old Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Purple Patches, and Player’s Guild), then 34 years as a high school teacher, finally joining the first wave of drama teachers, becoming a director of shows with big casts of high school kids, all led to a retirement so far spent teaching drama teachers-to-be at the Faculty of Education, and spending quality time with 21 years of creative youth at London’s Original Kids Theatre Company. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”

Kadie Ward is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the London Economic Development Corporation where she works to enhance the economic prosperity of her community.  Actively involved in the community, she sits on the board of directors for the Downtown London Business Association and Museum London. Kadie has been a member of the Innovation Systems Research Network and Techno-Policy Network where she researched regional innovation systems. Her research has been published and presented to both local and international audiences. Passionate about community and regional economic development, Kadie strives to bring innovation to her community and introduce a new way of thinking about building strong cities.

Your host and MC for the evening is…

Abe Oudshoorn is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University and Associate Scientist with
Lawson Health Research Institute. His research focuses on health care, homelessness, and housing, with a particular interest in healthy public
policy. His teaching is primarily within community and mental health nursing. In addition to his academic roles, Oudshoorn is the vice-chair of the London Homeless Coalition, and founder of the London Homelessness Outreach Network.