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Chris Hedges speaks at the Get Up! Stand Up! all-day meeting May 4.
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Get Up! Stand Up! - the event's name a nod to the great Bob Marley - explores the importance of our collective voice and how to build its strength. All day Saturday (May 4), from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, hear potent speakers including Margaret Atwood, Shawn Atleo and Chris Hedges probe the growing threats to our democratic process and our resistance to the erosion of our rights. Proceeds from the meet go to the Toronto Public Library and Frontier College. $30, stu $20. Convocation Hall, 31 King's College. ticketweb.ca.
In the spirit of Jane
Do we really know our city? Tap into the specific cultures of Toronto's many neighbourhoods with Jane's Walk, a weekend of treks inspired by urban visionary Jane Jacobs. Running Friday to Sunday (May 3 to 5), the event includes over 100 tours, including A Poor People's History Of East Downtown, Field Of Dreams In Jane-Finch, Glenn Gould's Toronto, No Casino: Rethinking Ontario Place and more. Free. See janeswalk.net for complete schedule.
Money, it's a drag
We're not having such a great time with our cash system these days. It seems to demand senseless growth, and lacks sensitivity to global scarcity. We need a little dose, perhaps, of what Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics: Money, Gift And Community In The Age Of Transition has to offer. The Inner Garden hosts the author, who sketches out a new financial structure based on local currencies, gift economies and the restoration of the commons. Friday (May 3). $20. 401 Richmond West, suite 384. theinnergarden.ca.