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TorDan Talks #3 featuring Michael MacMillan, co-founder of the Samara Foundation

Please join us for TorDan Talks #3 featuring Michael MacMillan, co-founder of Samara, a non-partisan charity aimed at increasing public participation in politics in Canada.  He will share with us insights from Samara’s exit interviews of 80 former federal MPs and the resulting book “Tragedy in the Commons” written by Michael MacMillan and Samara Executive Director Alison Loat.  Expect a lively discussion about how we can improve how democracy works in Canada.  Stay after the talk to chat, network and perhaps have a beer or two.

Tragedy in the Commons is a thoughtful analysis of what is broken in our democracy and a must-read for anyone concerned about Canada’s politics.”

Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans and guest speaker at TorDan Talks #2


Michael MacMillan

In 1978, Michael MacMillan co-founded Atlantis Films Limited with fellow Queen’s grads Seaton McLean and Janice Platt. He was Chairman and CEO of Atlantis (which later became Alliance Atlantis) for almost 30 years. Alliance Atlantis owned 13 Canadian television networks including HGTV Canada, History and Showcase and produced television series including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In the early years, the company won an Oscar for its short film Boys and Girls. The company was sold in 2007.

In 2011, Michael co-founded and is CEO of Blue Ant Media, a new Canadian media company. Blue Ant owns eight Canadian specialty television channels, as well as digital media properties and magazines, including Cottage Life.  Michael is also a co-owner of Closson Chase Vineyards in Prince Edward County; and co-founder of a Canadian public policy think tank called Samara which works to strengthen and improve the state of Canadian politics.


When:  Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
Where:  Olde Eton House, 710 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, On
Tickets:   Purchase tickets here
$20, $10 for Victory Fund members
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Save The Red-Door Shelter

Our community is in danger of losing a long-standing service. The Red Door Shelter on Queen Street East has been providing a safe haven for families and individuals for over 30 years in our riding. Due to a developer going into receivership, the original agreement for the Red Door Shelter to remain at its current location is at stake.

Please follow the attached links to read more about the situation and consider attending the rally being held on Monday April 7th, 2014 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Ralph Thornton Centre.

From the Toronto Star
Real estate dispute threatens future of Red Door family shelter
The east-end family shelter is caught in a legal battle between Toronto diet doctor Stanley Bernstein and his wealthy neighbours.

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