Web Summit 2015: The Davos of Geeks

Shelby Challis This month  marked the 6th annual Web Summit, the largest technology conference in the world, held annually in Dublin, Ireland. The conference welcomed a record-breaking 42,000 attendees from 134 countries across the globe. On offer were hundreds of speakers discussing a range of topics that included Big Data, cybersecurity, clicktivism, neuroscience, and, of…

Seen and Heard: The Growing Income Gap in Toronto

Shannon Brooks On October 15th, 2015, United Way hosted an open discussion on income inequality entitled, “What’s next on the agenda and what can we do?” The panelists included Kofi Hope, David Hulchanski, Susan McIssac, and Graeme Stewart, each armed with a different set of background knowledge on the topic of social inequality in Toronto. In light…

Seen and Heard: University—Rosedale Federal Candidates Meeting

Alexa Greig According to a United Way report released earlier this year, household income inequality is widespread across the country, but the gap between wealthy and poor households in Toronto is doubling the national pace. Between 1980 and 2005, income inequality in Toronto grew by 31 per cent compared to a 14 per cent increase…

Seen and Heard: ‘Silence of the Labs’ Screening

Jordann Thirgood In January, the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto hosted a public screening of “Silence of the Labs” in collaboration with Evidence for Democracy (E4D), a non-partisan organization that advocates for transparency and evidence-based decision-making in public policy. Since then, E4D has continued to screen the film across the…