As we head into Canada’s sesquicentennial, we tackle the issue of nation building with a particular look at what are we willing to risk to make a more just and equitable country. Subjects we’ll be looking at include Geopolitics, Environment, Energy, Food, Health, Culture, Economics, Security and Education.



Event Schedule

  • Risk and Geopolitics
  • The US Presidential results caught many people in this country – and around the world – by surprise. Yet, we have seen echoes of the same far-right, populist, anti-immigration language in our own Conservative Party of Canada leadership campaign as . . .

  • 3:00 pm
  • April 9, 2017
  • Innis Town Hall
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • Risk and Journalism
  • Alternative facts. Fake news. A newly combative media. What role has journalism traditionally played in speaking truth to power, and how has that been impacted by the digital tsunami that turned media on its head, and the geopolitical tsunami that . . .

  • 10:30 am
  • April 9, 2017
  • OISE Auditorium
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10
  • Tickets
  • Risk and the Environment
  • Flash floods in Toronto. Raging wildfires in Fort McMurray. The threatened Big One on the West Coast. Severe weather events have increasingly dominated news reports, given their unpredictable appearance and the huge cost to individuals and communities, both financially and . . .

  • 2:00 pm
  • April 8, 2017
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Risk and the Psychology of Collecting
  • Art-advisor, curator and author David Moos in conversation with Don Thompson, economist and author of the new book, The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market which uses the prism of the contemporary art market . . .

  • 10:00 am
  • April 8, 2017
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets
  • Books That Spur: Denham Jolly on In The Black, My Life
  • In the Black traces B. Denham Jolly’s personal and professional struggle for a place in a country where Black Canadians have faced systematic discrimination. He arrived from Jamaica to attend university in the mid-1950s and worked as a high school . . .

  • 5:30 pm
  • April 7, 2017
  • Yorkville Public Library
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • Free
  • Registration
  • Books That Spur: Tom Nichols on ‘The Death of Expertise’
  • People are now exposed to more information than ever before, provided both by technology and by increasing access to every level of education. Tom Nichols argues that these societal gains have helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual  . . .

  • 12:00 pm
  • April 7, 2017
  • Heliconian Hall
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $20
  • Students (with valid ID): $15
  • Tickets
  • Books That Spur: Lynne Olson on ‘Last Hope Island’
  • “Olson is our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” – Former US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright Spur sits down in conversation with Lynne Olson, The New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history.  . . .

  • 5:30 pm
  • April 6, 2017
  • George Ignatieff Theatre
  • Spur Toronto 2017
  • General admission: $10
  • Students (with valid ID): $5
  • Tickets

Speakers, Performers, and Moderators


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