Giving Permanent Residents the Right to Vote and Why it Matters

Come join our last Couchiching Conversation before the annual conference on the issue of voting for permanent residents in Toronto municipal elections. Toronto City Council recently voted to ask the Province to change the rules and allow permanent residents the right to vote in municipal elections. What will this mean for Canada's largest city? How did the campaign successfully navigate the municipal process? Why are many residents and observers still suspicious of extending the local vote to their own neighbours? Journalist and activist Desmond Cole of the Torontoist and acting project co-ordinator of the I Vote Toronto campaign joins us for an intimate discussion on this very important topic.

Suggested Readings: 

1. A post from Desmond Cole about the topic: http://torontoist.com/2013/06/permanent-resident-voting-isnt-backward-its-back-to-the-future/

2. An editorial written by Couchiching Alumni Nathalie des Rosiers and Alan Broadbent in the Toronto Star

 

About Desmond Cole

Desmond Cole is is a freelance journalist, writer, and activist in Toronto. He writes about local politics and social justice issues, including social housing, homelessness, policing, public health, and public transit. Desmond is the acting project coordinator of I Vote Toronto, an initiative to extend the municipal vote to permanent residents.

Location: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. Toronto, ON, M6G 2L8  View Map

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm


Admission: Free


Light snacks will be served


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