11:00- Ken Coates, Author and Former Dean of the Faculty of Arts at University of Waterloo
Going to university used to be a passport to future success, but that’s no longer the case. For some students, it’s still a good choice that leads to a successful career after graduation, but for many their degrees are worthless pieces of paper. Choose the wrong program and graduation is more likely to lead to disillusionment and debt than a steady paycheque. Yet parents, guidance counselors, and politicians still push higher education as if it’s the only option for building a secure future. This book is designed to help young adults decide whether to pursue a degree, enroll for skills training, or investigate one of the many other options that are available.
11:30- Shae Invidiata, Founder of [free-them]
The second reading of Bill C-36 enters Parliament this Thursday, but with a focus on pro-legalization of prostitution, anti-human trafficking organization [free-them] believes citizens are supporting sex slavery without realizing it. Bill C-36 is the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. It fights against the legalization of prostitution and offers exploited women and children an exit strategy. While Bill C-36 is the first Bill that cracks down and criminalizes demand of prostitution in lieu of supply, [free-them] feels citizens are focusing on legalization and not recognizing that the vast majority in prostitution are not there by choice but enslaved in a life of exploitation. “We are so focused on trying to make a dangerous and degrading line of work less dangerous. It is time for Canada to address the root problems of prostitution and take a stand to say that prostitution should not be a conceivable option in this country,” says Invidiata.