Martha Hall Findlay

About Martha Hall Findlay, Member of Parliament / Députée - Willowdale

 

Why are Canadians so apathetic when it comes to Politics and what can we do to change this?

January 21, 2010

“Canadians have become steadily less engaged in the political process and more cynical about politics in general,” claims Martha Hall Findlay. She will question why this is the case. “ Policy, and the need to tackle real issues facing Canada, has succumbed to the deteriorating conduct of politics and the 10-second sound bite world we now live in.” Martha believes strongly that democracy only really works when people are interested, engaged and armed with the ability to make informed choices. She will offer some thoughts on why things have deteriorated, what is missing, and how we can improve.

Martha Hall Findlay ran for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2006. Her 10-month campaign was highly praised for her travels across the country in the “Big Red Bus”, which became a symbol of energy, renewal, and grassroots engagement in the party. Her efforts, and the strong relationships she built nationwide, resulted in her appointment as Platform Outreach Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada in 2006.

Robert Baltovich

Robert Baltovich

 

Wrongful Convictions in Canada: Causes and Remedies

February 25, 2010

In June of 1990, Elizabeth Bain, the girlfriend of 24-year old Robert Baltovich, a recent University of Toronto graduate, was murdered in Toronto. Her body has never been found. Robert Baltovich was wrongly accused of her murder. Robert will discuss his tragic ordeal and what he believes led to his conviction for a murder he did not commit. In addition, he will share his thoughts about the Canadian criminal justice system, how and why wrongful convictions arise, and what can be done to prevent them.

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander

 

The Meaning of the Afghan Mission: Conflict, Peace and the Echo Chamber of History

March 25, 2010

Chris Alexander will recount his experience as the Canadian Ambassador of Afghanistan and explain the current situation and how this has fueled his drive for election in Ajax. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from someone who has been on the ground in Afghanistan.

 

Sarah Hampson

Sarah Hampson

 

Happily Ever After Marriage

April 22, 2010

“Happily ever after” are the breezy fairy-tale words that many newlyweds still aspire to. Even when two people have worked to stay together, divorce is sometimes the only solution—38% of Canadian couples never make it to their thirtieth anniversary.

When Sarah Hampson began her Generation Ex column for the Globe and Mail she could not predict the incredible response it would receive.

Candid, humorous, and full of fascinating stories, Happily Ever After Marriage is part modern guide, part passionate conversation with friends and part meditation on what can be seen as a new rite of passage to self-actualization in mid-life. By bravely examining her own life, she brings clarity to the underlying cultural messages that inform the choices we make—and shows how embracing change at mid-life can allow new pathways to emerge. By bravely examining her own life, she brings clarity to the underlying cultural messages that inform the choices we make—and shows how embracing change at mid-life can allow new pathways to emerge.