TEDxHartHouse | Dec 6, tickets closed, Video stream offered

Hart House is pleased to present TEDxHart House: The Future of Food, the first-ever TEDx event at the University of Toronto.

On December 6th, at 6:00 p.m., the independently organized TEDxHart House: The Future of Food will explore some of the factors we must weigh as we choose what foods make it into our shopping carts. With the rise of issues like ethical eating, factory farming and food scarcity, the world is awakening to how we sow, grow, raise, reap, slaughter, transport, distribute, buy, share, cook, eat and dispose of food.

Four experts— Jason Qu, Lauren Baker, Jeffrey Crump and Bettina Schorman— will share their views on two-tiered food systems, food sharing, local food movements and sustainability in a series of three 18 minute talks. At TEDxHart House, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Hart House is a recognized leader in food politics and sustainability. Last year, Hart House celebrated World Food Week with filled-to-capacity programming, including a presentation by Dr. Vandana Shiva, a physicist, activist, vice-president of the global organization Slow Food International and author of Soil Not Oil, Earth Democracy and Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. Watch Dr. Shiva’s address at http://www.harthouse.ca/culture/earthdemocracy.

[The response to attend this event has been overwhelming! We received hundreds of applications but unfortunately we are only permitted to invite 100 audience members to attend TEDxHartHouse: The Future of Food. Due to the limited capacity, we have closed applications to this event. The good news is that you can still participate in TEDxHartHouse virtually - we will be filming the talks and it will be posted on the TEDxYouTube channel following the live event. The link will be posted on our website so keep checking www.harthouse.ca.


War Resisters Fund Raisers, Dec. 2, Toronto

Two fundraisers in support of Iraq War resisters

From east to west, Toronto is fundraising for Iraq War resisters on THURSDAY DECEMBER 2nd – two great events, one great cause! Please come out to one (or both!) of these events, bring your neighbours and friends, help raise much needed funds for the ongoing fight to keep Iraq War resisters in Canada.

Canadian lyricist and composer Jon Brooks performs a benefit for the War Resisters Support Campaign, with special guests Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star columnist and author of the Broadsides blog and Iraq War resister Jeremy Hinzman.

Thursday, December 2nd 8 p.m.
Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas Street West
$20 or pay what you can • Dinner reservation guarantees seating 416 588 0307

Come out to the 'Support Don’t Deport' Benefit Jam in support of local War Resisters Phil and Jamine, with special musical guests Mr. Rick & the Biscuits, Darren Eedens and comedian Robin Crossman.

Thursday, December 2nd 8:30pm - 11:30pm
The Prohibition Gastrohouse
696 Queen Street East
$25 in advance or $30 at the door (includes first drink and appetizer)

Ticket info at TheJamBlog.com

Full transcript, Munk Debate, Christopher Hitchens vs. Tony Blair:

New Statesman - Christopher Hitchens vs. Tony Blair: the full transcript (here is it is plaintext, in case the NewStatesman blog disappears)

also, CBC ideas program


CBC: "How Should We Die", A Conversation with Dr. Balfour

How Should We Die, A Conversation with Dr. Balfour Mount
Dr. Balfour Mount joined us for a poignant conversation about death and dying with host Michael Enright.

Since September, a committee of the Quebec National Assembly has been hearing witnesses, taking submissions, collecting studies and statistics on the question of Canada's laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The hearings are a response to a report from the Quebec College of Physicians in the fall of 2009 which asked the government to examine the laws and regulations on Doctors and Death, saying that the Doctors weren't endorsing any particular regime but were "concerned with promoting appropriate fare for end-of-life patients that could include all options".

Pondering what's appropriate for end of life patients has been the work of Dr. Balfour Mount since the early 1970s. In a study he did at the time on terminally ill patients and their families, he found that the care provided was inadequate across all services. And he set out to remedy that.

He established North America's first integrated hospice ...he coined the term palliative care...he originated the Biennial Congress in Care of the Dying...and he was the founding director of the Palliative Care Division of the Department of Oncology at McGill University and the accomplishments and honours could go on.

And Balfour Mount doesn't just talk the talk - he's been diagnosed with Cancer 3 times...survived a plane crash...watched more people die than he cares to count and to this day, struggles with the question... how should we die.

Because this is a Quebec debate, you may wish to revisit The Barbarian Invasions, by Denys Arcand


Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair - Munk Debates 2

In case you couldn't buy a ticket...

Food Drive for MultiFaith Center - women's shelters

Who: U of T 'Faith' Clubs in Partnership with the University of Toronto Students Union (UTSU) Food Bank and the Toronto Police Toy Drive or Women's Shelters
When: From November 21st to December 6th 2010
Where: Bins provided to your 'faith'(sic)or Service club
Why: Because 'Faith' (or ethics) can be a source for good in our community

How: To get your group involved please sign up

Interested in volunteering as an individual?
e-mail multi.faith@utoronto.ca or call 416-946-3120
Suggested food items: canned: soup, beans. Oatmeal, cereal and new toys.


PEN CANADA- "Institutional Lies": Linden MacIntyre with Richard Gwyn, Dec. 8

Institutional Lies: Linden MacIntyre in Conversation with Richard Gwyn Political commentator and author Richard Gwyn speaks with Linden MacIntyre, co-host of CBC's The Fifth Estate, about abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, government secrecy, and freedom of speech.

This event will be held at Ben McNally Books in Toronto on Wednesday, December 8, at 7pm. Please see the attached flyer for further details and ticket information.