Watch Live: Real City Matters—Civil Discourse for a Crazy Town
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Watch Live: Real City Matters—Civil Discourse for a Crazy Town

In the lead-up to the 2014 municipal election, Torontoist has partnered with former urban affairs reporter Siri Agrell to create a series of discussions about the state of our city. Our goal: figure out how to speak better—more optimistically and also more honestly—about Toronto, and how to make more inclusive decisions about the city’s future.

Our third discussion is called “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” In the wake of a growing number of controversies, ranging from police carding to suburban disenfranchisement, we’ll tackle the vexed question of how we talk about—or fail to talk about—race, class, and geography in a sprawling and diverse megacity. And, crucially, we will ask how can we learn to talk about those things better.

Our panelists:

  • Linda Gibbs, Bloomberg Associates; former Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services; former Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
  • Anne Gloger, Founding Director, East Scarborough Storefront
  • Lisa Gore Duplessis, Manager of Direct Services, The 519 Church Street Community Centre
  • Rinaldo Walcott, Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education