CFUW Ontario Council
Speaker Series & Workshops
sponsored by the Standing Committees
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z9
March 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:30 pm
Registration Desk is open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Meeting begins promptly at 10:00 AM
Election Readiness, a focus on election issues
GUEST SPEAKER: Maija Saari
TOPIC: Making Sense of Politics in a “Fake News” Era: Thinking Critically about the Ontario Election
With an increasingly fluid digital information landscape, old touch points of reliable information are being called into question while emerging sources and new digitally-propelled social movements change the game. How best to navigate this with a critical eye?
Maija Saari, Associate Dean of Film, TV and Journalism at Sheridan College will address Making Sense of Politics in a “Fake News” Era: Thinking Critically about the Ontario Election. With an increasingly fluid digital information landscape, old touch points of reliable information are being called into question while emerging sources and new digitally-propelled social movements change the game. How best to navigate this with a critical eye?
After nearly a decade in news as a regional newspaper reporter and videographer, Maija went back to school for a Bachelor of Education. Maija entered the college system instead of K-12, teaching journalism. Maija has been providing academic leadership in teaching and administration in college and university media programs ever since. Her passion and front-line experience building journalism curriculum in times of rapid technological change led Maija to OISE/UT where she’s currently a doctoral candidate specializing in professional education in the department of Leadership, Adult and Higher Education.
Education and Status of Women and Human Rights:
In the afternoon Ann Rauhala, Associate Chair, Ryerson School Of Journalism will join Maija, to deepen the discussion and explore themes related to women’s issues and human rights, and the necessity of having an educated electorate.
Ann spent 16 years at The Globe and Mail, where she worked as a copy editor, assignment editor, beat reporter, foreign editor and featured columnist. From 1994 to 1997 she was a television reporter, making documentaries, mostly on health and social policy, for CBC television’s The National Magazine. She has also written editorials, business stories, book reviews, magazine articles and radio commentaries. She was a senior editor of Counter Spin, on CBC Newsworld and she worked as an editor at The Toronto Star.
Guest: Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections Ontario.
Topic: Election Readiness: Understanding the Electoral Process in Ontario: laws, policy, and threats
Outcome: We hope attendees will learn about:
- Current laws and policy in Ontario that ensure the process is impartial, transparent, etc.,
- A quick overview of the new Elections Finances Act,
- Many of our members canvass, so perhaps some guidelines.
- Social Media Rules – challenges re enforcement?
- What to do when we suspect unethical behaviours – at the polling stations, in advertisements, etc.
Ontario Council Standing Committees in Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights were developed to keep members aware of current issues in Ontario. The Committees meet three times a year – in September, January, and March in downtown Toronto – for a day of speakers, workshops, discussion, and networking with other CFUW members and guests. All Club members are invited and are encouraged to bring friends, whether or not they are members, to enjoy these days of discussion and learning.
Reports from morning Plenaries have been archived in DropBox. Clicking HERE will open a new tab, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded.