Stop the killing in Syria
With the horrendous situation in Syria getting worse and the world debating the merits - or drawbacks - of sending in UN forces (or god forbid, NATO), Beit Zatoun hosts Why Talk Of Intervention with Middle East expert and Carleton U soc prof Nahla Abdo, co-author of Violence In The Name Of Honour: Theoretical And Political Challenges. The discussion focuses on the Arab Spring and the differences between various movements. Tonight (Thursday, June 28), 7 pm. $5. 612 Markham. beitzatoun.org.
Honour Chinese rail workers
There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day, but how about honouring those who actually made this a country by completing a sea-to-sea rail link? Heritage Toronto and the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada team up to pay homage to the 17,000 Chinese pioneers who helped build the transcontinental railroad, and honour the 4,000-plus Chinese who lost their lives during its construction. The wreath-laying ceremony takes place Sunday (July 1), 10:30 am, at the Chinese Railroad Workers Monument, Blue Jays Way at Navy Wharf Court. Free. heritagetoronto.org.
Planning for a fair city
Urban socioeconomic injustices are under major scrutiny these days, and many wise policy folks are throwing in their 2 cents. The Growing Gap And What To Do About It features UBC geographer David Ley, U of Illinois urban planner Janet L. Smith, Maarten van Ham of the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands and others. Featured discussants are urban designer Ken Greenberg and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Armine Yalnizyan. Wednesday (July 4), 6 pm, at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex. Free. citiescentre.utoronto.ca.