The Tommy Douglas Institute

The Tommy Douglas Institute


The Tommy Douglas Institute is a progressive space of dialogue for educational communities and wider communities to explore, discuss and advance ideas of critical pedagogy and educating for change in the 21st century.

Due to COVID-19 the Tommy Douglas Institute is switching gears to bring you this special 6-part podcast.

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The Tommy Douglas Institute and are pleased to present:

The "Courage My Friends" Podcast


Three storms have converged and we’re all caught in the vortex. What brought us to this point? Can we go back to normal? Do we even want to?From economic and climate justice to rethinking cities and peoples’ health, this 6-part series invites thinkers and activists to envision the possibilities of a newer, brighter and necessary future.

In the words of the great Tommy Douglas…

Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world. logo


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Episode 1: The Convergence: COVID! Capitalism! Climate!

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Guests: Ed Broadbent (Politician and Chair, The Broadbent Institute) and Kofi Hope (thought leader, social entrepreneur and Toronto Star columnist)

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Episode 2: Labour & Economic Security: Bread and Roses in a Post-Pandemic World

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Guests: John Clarke (anti-poverty activist) and Paul Meinema (President, United Food & Commercial Workers, Canada)

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Episode 3: Sustainable Food and Zero Hunger: The Future and the Right to Eat

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Guest: Paul Taylor (Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto)

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Episode 4: From Epidemic to Pandemic: Rethinking Health

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Guests: Keith McCrady (Executive Director, 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations) and Zoe Dodd (Harm Reduction Worker, University Health Network) 

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Episode 5: Toward a Rights-Based City: Access, Equality, Sustainability

Launching June 23rd

Guest: Cheryll Case (Founder and Principle Urban Planner, CP Planning) and Dave Meslin (Community Activist and Founder, Toronto Public Space Committee)

Episode 6: COVID, Capitalism, Climate: The Way Forward / Building a Better World on a Sustainable Planet

Launching June 30th

Guest: Dr. Vandana Shiva (Activist, Author, Eco-Feminist, Climate Justice Leader)

With your support, the Tommy Douglas Institute will continue to bring you discussions on the creation of just communities and living, learning and working in the 21st century.

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