The Inspirit Foundation’s ChangeUp 2015 conference presents journalist and activist Desmond Cole and former Toronto mayor and former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Barbara Hall. The two will discuss the controversial practice of police 'carding' of racial minorities and the role of protest and human rights in tackling systemic racism.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Desmond Cole is an activist and freelance journalist based in Toronto. He co-hosts CANADALAND:COMMONS, a weekly podcast exploring how politics in Canada works, and he is a staff writer at Torontoist, where he covers a range of topics related to politics, race, and social inclusion.
Barbara Hall is a Canadian lawyer, public servant, and former politician. She was the 61st mayor of Toronto, the last to run before amalgamation. She was elected mayor of the pre-amalgamation City of Toronto in 1994, and held office until December 31, 1997. For ten years, until 2015, she was Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
ABOUT INSPIRIT FOUNDATION
Inspirit is a national charitable foundation that supports young people building a more inclusive and pluralist Canada. We fund, convene and champion powerful ideas—media & arts initiatives, programs & events, research projects & publications—that foster learning, collaboration and innovation. www.inspiritfoundation.org