Process of Progress – Spur Halifax

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In order to create the progressive, inclusive communities we want to live
in, we first need to define how change happens and create a process for progress. In this age of fast-spreading, far reaching information, it’s easy to feel like a participant in the push towards progress just by sharing news, but what kinds of action really activate positive change? This session explores the value of advocating from the outside vs.working from within legislative systems, and the roles journalism, government and institutions play in moving the dial forward. How do we as a society come together to collaborate across our differences of need and point of view to create the trust necessary to move toward a better shared future?

Maureen Googoois Mi’kmaq from the Indian Brook First Nation and a member of the Sipekne’katik Band in Nova Scotia. A born storyteller, Maureen has been working in journalism for nearly 30 years. She has worked as reporter, editor and producer in radio, television, print and online news. Throughout her career, Maureen has worked for news media outlets such as: The Micmac News, CBC Radio in locations such as Halifax, Sydney, Toronto and La Ronge, Sask., The Chronicle-Herald newspaper in the Halifax newsroom as well as the Dartmouth and Truro bureaus and The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in the Halifax News Bureau.

Jon Tattrie is a multi-media freelance journalist and author based in Halifax, Canada.He’s won eight awards for his writing, including three Atlantic Journalism Awards (silver), two Best Book awards from the Coast and RTDNA Canada’s Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity.

He writes for Halifax Magazine, Readers Digest, Canadian Geographic, the Globe & Mail, Business Voice, the Chronicle Herald, Metro Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia. At the CBC, he’s an online journalist, TV and radio reporter and occasionally documentary-maker.

Dr. Watson-Creed is a native of PEI and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1999. She completed residency programs in both Family Medicine and then in the specialty of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (formerly Community Medicine) at McMaster University and returned to the Maritimes in 2005 as Medical Officer of Health for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone (Halifax, West Hants, Windsor). She holds an adjunct professor appointment within the Departments of Clinical Health and Epidemiology, Family Medicine, and the School of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University, and an appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. Dr. Watson-Creed is currently a member of the Regional Plan review committee (CDAC) for Halifax, the One Nova Scotia Coalition, and several national public and population health advisory councils. She and her family reside in Dartmouth.

Moderator Danny Graham Q.C. Over a twenty-year period, Danny Graham has held senior positions in business, law, government and politics. He is best known as the former MLA for Halifax Citadel and Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. Currently, he is the Chief Engagement Officer for Engage Nova Scotia. He sits on the Management Team of the law firm McInnes Cooper. For 10 years he was the Chief Negotiator on Aboriginal Rights issues for the Province of Nova Scotia. He has been credited for starting the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, and has worked to advance justice reforms with the United Nations and countries spanning five continents.

This conversation is introduced by Spur Festival Director and Literary Review of Canada publisher Helen Walsh. The podcast was recorded, edited and is hosted by Spur Director of Production Michael Booth.

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