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Evaluate the Health of Canadian Democracy

Government watch organization Samara Canada hosts a panel discussion tonight on the health and stability of our democratic institutions.

Dave Meslin's 2010 Torontoist Hero image. Illustration by Roxanne Ignatius/Torontoist.

Dave Meslin’s 2010 Torontoist Hero image. Illustration by Roxanne Ignatius/Torontoist.


Tonight, democracy watch NGO Samara Canada unveils its Democracy 360 report, a 2017 update to their 2015 “made-in-Canada report card” on the health of our governmental institutions, focusing on “communication, participation and political leadership.” (The update is, of course, timed to coincide with the federal goverment’s Canada 150 celebrations.) Accompanying the report’s release (by Samara’s executive director, Jane Hilderman) will be a panel discussion with noted electoral reform activist Dave Meslin and a panel of speakers, including Amara Possian, Annahid Dashtgard, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, and Nate Erskine-Smith.


Tuesday, March 28, Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.


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Laugh at Intergenerational Comedy for A Cause

Several of Comedy Bar's top acts are collaborating on a fundraiser for The Haven, a Toronto drop-in.

Improv rhyme spitters Notorious (Ryan Hildebrandt, Clare McConnell, and Mat Mailandt). Photo by mike Tan.

Improv rhyme spitters Notorious (Ryan Hildebrandt, Clare McConnell, and Mat Mailandt). Photo by mike Tan.


There’s been a lot of focus on young people’sand young families’—difficulty in finding housing in Toronto of late. But those segments of the population often have support systems—friends and family—that socially isolated seniors often lack. The Haven, as a day time drop-in centre, doesn’t provide beds, but it tries to provide everything else that men over the age of 50 might require during daylight hours, when the shelters are closed. Improv troupes NOTORIOUS and Mantown have collaborated on tonight’s show, Improv Haven, as a fundraiser for the charity. In addition to hosts Freddie and Miguel Rivas of Rapp Battlez, the evening will feature many special guests, including the stage debut of several members of the Haven community.


Tuesday, March 28, Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $20.


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How Toronto’s Papers Covered A Gold Heist and Legalized Pot Plans

You may need to smoke a joint to make it through yet another transit debate.

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Illustration by Brett Lamb

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

Canadians get really excited when anything involving anything from Canada happens anywhere in the world, so yesterday’s daring late-night heist of a 100-kilogram Canadian gold coin from a museum in Berlin is one of the top stories in Toronto’s daily papers this morning, although Toronto’s conservative newspapers are still spluttering over CBC‘s weekend scoop that the Trudeau government is indeed on track to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the country by July 1, 2018. But between stolen gold and Acapulco Gold, which of the city’s papers will win this week’s Front Page Challenge…gold?

Keep reading: How Toronto’s Papers Covered A Gold Heist and Legalized Pot Plans