Yesterday night, Toronto350.org formally presented our fossil fuel divestment brief to a representative of the Office of the President at the University of Toronto. I have a few photos of the event. The lecture was recorded from a couple of different angles, and we will but putting together a good quality video soon.
Agenda-setting – identification and definition of problems and advocacy of action, Policy formulation – specification of goals and choice of means for achieving them, Policy legitimation – mobilization of support and enactment, Policy implementation – mobilization of resources and application to goal achievement, Policy evaluation – measurement of results and redefinition of goals or agenda, […]
As part of campus engagement, Toronto350.org organized a divestment dance party tonight. I have some photos on Flickr.
The policy analyst is a producer of policy arguments, more similar to a lawyer – a specialist in legal arguments – than to an engineer or scientist. His basic skills are not algorithmical but argumentative: the ability to probe assumptions critically, to produce and evaluate evidence, to keep many threads in hand, to draw for […]
An international effort is being made today to fight back against internet surveillance. If you wish to take part, I suggest doing so by downloading a version of the GNU Privacy Guard for your operating system, in order to encrypt your emails. Gpg4Win is for Windows, while GPGTools is for Mac OS. Downloading the TOR […]
350.org is looking to hire a Canadian organizer. I hope some exceptionally qualified and energetic candidates apply. As a decision gets made one way or another on the Keystone XL pipeline, attention will shift toward other ways of keeping as much as possible of Canada’s massive stock of fossil fuels safely underground.
Ontario’s premier – along with the presidents of the University of Toronto, York, Ryerson, and OCAD – visited Massey College last night. I was asked to take some photos.
Yesterday, a friend and I visited Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, a new privately-run aquarium located beside the CN Tower in Toronto. I have uploaded some of the photos already, with more to come. It’s certainly a spectacle, both in terms of the species on display and the layout of the facility. A big portion consists […]
Tomorrow, Toronto350.org will elect its fifth executive at the termly general meeting. The group is also likely to create its first formal committees: with divestment committees focused respectively on building student engagement and interacting with the school administration, and an institutional innovation committee focused on how the group should grow and develop its governance structure. […]
Especially in comparison with energy conservation, carbon capture and storage, and nuclear power, much of the debate about renewable energy as a climate change solution concerns cost. Which forms are most and least affordable? How do they compare to other energy options? How should intermittancy and energy storage issues be incorporated? Another set of questions […]