• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

The 2015 Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian

The immense breadth and capacity of the human imagination is greatly manifest in our cities. The density of urban life fosters innovative thinking and creative exploration that is possible through the sharing and remixing of ideas in close proximity. Urbanity, which now encompasses 90% of the Canadian population, accounts for much of the technological proliferation and economic insatiability that paradoxically drives our “progress” and undermines it. The 2015 Guelph Lecture—On Being Canadian started a conversation: How do we live in our urban environments, and how will these transform over the next decades?

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  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

    The Alchemy of Canada

    Originally published January 2015

    by Haroon Siddiqui

    There are good reasons beyond simple patriotism to assert that Canada is the best nation in the world. As the…

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