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[1 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

If you’re wondering what to do in Toronto over the next couple of weeks, the answer is watch documentary films.  Opening this week, the annual Hot Docs film festival offers plenty for the development-interested.  Highlights from this year’s lineup include AIDS activism, high profile humanitarians, questions about who owns poverty, migrant journeys, analysis of neoliberalism, overcoming compassion fatigue in Congo, and feisty caregivers in South Africa.
Encirclement-Neoliberalism Ensnares Democracy
Neo-liberalism’s battle cry is famous: deregulate, privatize and let markets rule. Thirteen renowned intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky, rigorously analyze the mechanisms that enforce …

Art and Development, Canada in the World, HIV/AIDS, Movies, Toronto Events »

[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

I’m not very deep.
When I go to art exhibits, I need to read the explanations.
So last week, when I headed to the Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival screening of Art AIDS and the Fin de Siecle, I was very excited when it began to uncover the world of so-called “AIDS Artists.”
The movie focused on Toronto-based arts collective General Idea who worked together through the 70s and 80s before two of the three members died of AIDS in the early 90s.  GI’s portfolio includes an Aids Era where they took …

Art and Development, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Health, Movies, Technology and Development, Toronto Events »

[25 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

This week’s a busy week with lots of diverse events, including some dealing with technology and volunteerism, media for social change, art and AIDS, just to name a few.
Volunteer Toronto is hosting a film evening on Thursday with a new British film that asks questions about how Web 2.0 technology can change democracy and civic participation.  Us Now is about “the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.”   I’ll see you there.

Film: Us Now (internet and volunteerism)
Thursday, February 26 - 7:00pm
Bloor Cinema - 506 Bloor Street West at Bathurst
On …

Art and Development, Movies, Speakers, Technology and Development, Toronto Events, conference »

[10 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

My top picks for Toronto’s charity events this week are targeting two specific demographics: geeks and singles. On Thursday, a world-wide Twestival for Charity: Water will take place at Toronto’s Circa nightclub. The party will be facilitated by Twitter, a micro-blogging site that allows you to post status updates like you would on Facebook. According to TwestivalTO,
“Twestival was born out of the idea that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact. …

Movies, On the Road, Toronto Events »

[4 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Living in Cobourg, a small rural community east of Toronto, over the past year I have found out that the occurrence of development events is much less frequent then when I was living in the city. Looking into what is going on in Northumberland County and the Kawartha’s, I came across ReFrame the Peterborough International Film Festival. The festival which is in its fifth year, runs from January 23rd to the 25th in Peterborough, Ontario just an hour and a half drive east of Toronto. The Festival, formerly known as …

Health, Humanitarian Action, Movies, Toronto Events »

[5 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

On the topic of international health rockstars (see previous post on Paul Farmer), I’m very excited to finally be heading to see Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma this Saturday.  I missed it at Hot Docs, and some other pre-screenings, but now that it’s coming to theatres I’m all set to go.  Some friends and I will head to the AMC on Saturday night (either the 6:45 or 9:15 show) if you’re interested in joining.
I think that the movie will echo some of the ideas that Orbinski wrote about in …

Global Health, HIV/AIDS, Movies, conference »

[25 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Student University Network for Social and International Health (SUNSIH) Conference started this Friday with a documentary screening of Angels in the Dust, a film about a group that supports orphans in South Africa.  I’ve seen several heart reandering call-to-action docs over the past few years, but this one stood out because of its focus on the practicalities of life in the community it serves, rather than trying to evoke emotion through wide eyed babies.
The film follows the matron of the community as she interacts with the children and families …

Movies, Toronto Events »

[13 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

OXFAM Hunger BanquetThe Oxfam Toronto Community Group is proud to host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet as part of World Food Day. The banquet aims to engage the public on the problems of global hunger. The Huger Banquet will feature entertainment from talented Toronto cultural performers, guest speakers on food…Wednesday, Oct 15 - 7pm to 10pm - St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. E.
Drawn to Develop Charity GalaDrawn To Develop features stories brought to life from the eyes of street kids through the lenses of photographers. In the spring of 2008,  …

Canada in the World, Exhibits, Movies, Speakers, Toronto Events »

[2 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’ve started a google calender here with listings of events in and around Toronto that deal with international issues, from health to human rights.  They include fundraisers, speakers, movies, art exhibits, galas, and anything else that fits, and its updated every week.
Design for the other 90%The Professional Gallery of the Ontario College of Art & Design hosts a collection of design solutions addressing the basic needs of poor and marginalized populations not traditionally serviced by professional designers. (Opening during Nuit Blanche)Sat, Oct 4 to Jan 25 - Starting at 7pm …

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[20 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

When I finished school work for the degree that’s been my identity for the past six years late last month, I was pretty sure that everything would just come to a halt. I’d wake up leisurely and sip sangria on patios. In other words, that life as I know it would be replaced by summer vacation in the traditional sense. Well, it hasn’t, and I maintain a page long weekly to do list of responsibilities I have created myself rather than those imposed by UofT. It …