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Icon of the event The Poetry of the First World War
Wed Oct 22, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Some of the most beautiful and resonant poetry ever written came out of WW1. Join us for an evening of dramatic readings in English, French and German by R. H. Thomson, Christopher Newton and Martha Burns. Hosted by R. H. Tho...

Icon of the event Democracy in an era of mass surveillance: A Canadian perspective
Tue Jan 20, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

While global discussions concerning Edward Snowden's revelations have primarily focused on the actions of the National Security Agency and its British equivalent, this talk focuses on Canada's role in conducting mass surveil...

Icon of the event Transgender Rights in Canada
Tue Jan 27, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Join us for a discussion with Rachel Clark, who is a LGBT rights advocate working with organizations, such as Amnesty International and the National Organization for Women. She is the Executive Producer and appeared in the do...

Icon of the event How Offshore Tax Havens Destroy Governments
Tue Feb 10, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Offshore tax havens have become the bane of governments worldwide. As much as $21-trillion in taxable wealth belonging to corporations and wealthy individuals is being hidden in tax havens out of reach of the taxman. As a res...

Icon of the event Karen Armstrong
Wed Nov 19, 2014 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

The acclaimed author of "A History of God" on her new book,...

Icon of the event Anansi the Spider,  Anansi the Survivor - Stories for Everyone
Wed Feb 11, 2015 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Parkdale

Join Phyllis Broom-Walker, storyteller and Keeper of the Anansi Flame, as she tells the story of Anansi the Spider ? Survivor not Trickster:...

Icon of the event Don Calame:
Thu Nov 06, 2014 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
North York Central Library

Hollywood Screenwriter and Award-Winning Young Adult writer, Don Calame discusses his experience screenwriting and writing novels....

Icon of the event Steven Pinker - SOLD OUT
Fri Oct 24, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Why is so much writing so awful, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do people write badly on purpose, to obfuscate and impress? Have dictionaries abandoned thei...

Icon of the event Focus on Cinema Verité
Wed Oct 29, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library

View clips from classic cinema verité films - such as The Salesman, Gimme Shelter and EMPZ For Life. Then join Sarah Goodman for a discussion on the difference between verité and interview-based styles of documentary filmmaki...

Icon of the event Scarborough Historical Society Meeting
Tue Oct 28, 2014 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bendale

Join us for talks on historical subjects. Meetings are free and include refreshments. At this meeting Jane Fairburn presents ?Along the Shore?.