Urban Planner: May 12, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 12, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

Toronto’s urban quality. Is it good, bad, or ugly? Discuss amongst yourselves. Photo by Seekdes (Mike in TO) from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

In today’s Urban Planner: discussions, lots of them, on topics ranging from technology to health to architecture and social issues; a film screening of a new dark comedy about terrorists; and a quirky singer over at the Horseshoe.

DISCUSSION: Dr. Ron Deibert moderates a discussion about the social issues surrounding the internet and our rights within the realm of cyberspace. (Un)Lawful Access? Cyber-surveillance, Security & Civil Liberties: Experts & Advocates Speak Out focuses on how digital surveillance is increasingly prevalent, how we are blissfully unaware of it, and how it will affect our day-to-day lives. Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place), 5 p.m., FREE.
DISCUSSION: Can We Prevent, Predict, and Detect Cancer with Images? Find out at the open discussion presented by Café Scientifique and moderated by Donna Francis, a researcher at the Ontario Science Centre. The informal talk will centre around how high-quality cancer images—such as the disturbing images on cigarette packages or high-tech tissue imaging systems used to track and prevent cancerous cells—are vital to preventing and managing cancer. Duke of York Pub (39 Prince Arthur Avenue), 6 p.m., FREE.
DISCUSSION: Toronto: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, explores how post-industrial cities like Toronto have an easily recognizable urban quality that inspires writers, architects, filmmakers, and other artists to capture its energy. Panelists in the discussion include filmmaker Atom Egoyan; Amy Lavender Harris, author of Imagining Toronto; and architect John Shiner (who designed the pink Umbra Concept store at Queen and John streets). Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Centre for Inquiry Ontario is presenting Chris Morris’s film Four Lions, a dark comedy about four young men and their self-loathing exploits in Britain. It sounds like a film we’ve seen many times before, but this time the twist is that the main characters are a group of Jihadi terrorists who believe that wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and riding on ostriches are the best ways to activate their plans under the radar. After the screening, there will also be a discussion about the social aspects of the film. Centre for Inquiry (216 Beverley Street), 7 p.m., $4 suggested donation.
MUSIC: After all that discussion, maybe it’s time to just kick back and listen to some music. Experimental noisemaker Merrill Garbus, also known as tUnE-yArDs will be in town for a show. Her voice has been compared to everyone from Bjork to Aretha Franklin to Yoko Ono, and even M.I.A. What does that sound like? Find out at the show! Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m., $15.