Canada’s New Social Contract Part 1

Spur launches a year-long, national series exploring The Moral Economy—that is, the intersection between public permission to operate and important sectors of the Canadian economy, in the first instance the extractive resource sector.

Join Canadian Research Chair in Cultural Studies and professor at the University of Alberta, Imre Szeman and Chris MacDonald and as they explore the dynamics of our shifting moral expectations. Are Canadians persuaded by moral arguments, statistics, or do we follow our own gut instincts? Globe and Mail public policy columnist Konrad Yakabuski moderates.

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Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

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