Steal this Idea!

Panelists Sook-Yin Lee (CBC Radio, filmmaker), Rick Smith (ED, Environmental Defence and author) and MP Olivia Chow will present ideas from the social justice, sustainability and culture fields and debate their adaptability to Toronto.

Diaspora Dialogues and Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Toronto Public Library bring you a provocative event, Steal This Idea!

The event showcases a panel discussion with a few of Toronto’s key prominent figures. Panelists will present three bold ideas for civic change from other cities that could work well here in Toronto – each one a “world-class” idea worth stealing related to social justice, sustainability or culture.

Panelists include radio host and filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee; Dr. Rick Smith, author and Executive Director of Environmental Defence; and MP Olivia Chow. Royson James, Urban Affairs Columnist for the Toronto Star, will moderate the event; and President of Ryerson University, Sheldon Levy, will play the role of provocateur.


Sook-Yin Lee is a radio host and filmmaker.

Dr. Rick Smith, author and Executive Director of Environmental Defence

Olivia Chow was elected as a Toronto school trustee in 1985, a city councillor in 1991 and then a member of Parliament in 2006, where she continues to represent Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding.

President of Ryerson University.

Royson James, Urban Affairs Columnist for the Toronto Star.


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