Our First season; 2014-2015.  These events were offered live to the community of Hamilton, Ontario. Efforts will be made to make material from these and similar events available to a wider audience through the DPI website.

Fall-Winter, 2014

1.  Income and Wealth Inequality: Global and Local

Is extreme inequality compatible with democracy? Is inequality the product of technology or ideology? What are the dimensions of inequality in our city of Hamilton?

Speakers: Atif Kubursi, Pavlos Kanaroglou, Patrick DeLuca
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton Spectator Auditorium, 44 Frid St., Hamilton



2. Working Toward a More Fair, Just and Effective System of Criminal Justice in Canada

Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator of Canada, takes a hard look at our system of criminal justice and finds it lacking in transparency, accountability, fairness, equality, respect for human rights and programs for rehabilitation. Three panelists speak to these issues from a depth of experience. Sarah Dover is a Brantford lawyer who has for many years devoted her practice to the defense of aboriginals. Charles Smith is author of Conflict, Crisis, and Accountability: Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement in Canada as well as a new book, The Dirty War. Michael Keast is Director of Research, Policy and Program Development, John Howard Society of Ontario.

Speaker: Howard Sapers

Panelists: Sarah Dover, Charles Smith, Michelle Keast
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 1:30-4 p.m., Hamilton Spectator auditorium, 44 Frid St., Hamilton

A summary of the forum is available here: 

 Summary of forum on criminal justice

3. Vote Suppression in Canada: The Crime and the Cover-up

Speaker: Dr. Michael Keefer

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m., McMaster University, Health Sciences Centre, 1A4

Co-sponsor: Council of Canadians, Hamilton Chapter


4. Tar Sands: Who Wins? Who Loses?

Speaker: Dr. Jim Quinn

Panelists: Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill, Adam Scott

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St. S., Hamilton

Co-sponsors: Friends of Red Hill Valley, Environment Hamilton, Hamilton 350

A copy of Dr. Quinn’s slides is available here:

Quinn Corporations, Democracy, and Morality


5. Propaganda in the Age of Media Decline

Speaker: Linden MacIntyre

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m., McMaster University, Togo Salmon Hall B128

Co-sponsor: Department of Communications Studies & Multimedia, McMaster University

A page from the Hamilton Spectator containing a report of Linden MacIntyre’s presentation is available here:


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6. Economics and the Environment: A Public Lecture on Ecological Macroeconomics

Speaker: Dr. Peter Victor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University and former Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 2:30 p.m., McMaster University, Burke Sciences Bldg, Rm 108


7. Wings of a Bird: Reflections on the Mahila Shanti Sena, the advancement of women, and a culture of peace

Speaker:  Dr. Anne Pearson Chairperson -Gandhi Peace Festival

Followed by Cultural Programs, MSS Exhibit, and Refreshment. Admission is free; All are welcome.

Saturday, June 20, 2015:  7:00-9:30 pm

First Unitarian Church,  170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton