Finding Truth at City Hall
Nov
22
6:30 PM18:30

Finding Truth at City Hall

Have you ever had a disagreement with your spouse or partner over saving or spending money? You both want the best for your family. For one of you, that means saving $200 every month for retirement, while for the other it means saving $100 for a get-away next summer while spending the other $100 on a night out together.

Where is the truth in this situation? Probably, there are many truths involved, and the right answer is hard to find. 

The elected members of City Council who gather monthly to make decisions about how to run our city are not much different. They all want the best for our city, but often they disagree about what that means and how to achieve it. On top of it all, there are not 2 opinions at play, but 45. Hundreds of professional staff provide Council with advice on hundreds of issues every month. Decisions can be about billions of dollars. And dozens of media outlets scrutinize every word. No wonder there is disagreement!

So, where is the truth at City Hall? How are different truths balanced? How are decisions made?

At our next West End Talk, we’ll explore the role of Councillors, staff and the media, who all have a role to play in finding truths, exerting influence and making decisions. Food and drinks are available for purchase starting at 6:30, and the talk will start around 7:20.

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Music: Under the Influence
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Music: Under the Influence

It was used as an anthem by apartheid Rhodesia, the East-West German Olympic team, and currently, the European Union. It served the movements of Bolshevism, Nazism, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. And you can find its melody in a hymnal. This is Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, most famous for its choral finale, the Ode to Joy. 

Cultures create music, but then music has a formative influence on its culture. It can deepen religious faith, fortify protest movements, and knit together a community. In this talk, we examine music not just as an aesthetic experience; we look at its context -- the setting of production, performance, reception, legacy -- and its power to influence our lives and communities.

Food and drinks are available for purchase starting at 6:30, and the talk will start around 7:20.

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