Reignite Learning Series

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CAPE members play a critical role in defending the public interest and in supporting policies that reflect basic values of fairness and equality. The CAPE Education Committee is pleased to announce the launch of Reignite, a learning series meant to contribute to discussion and debate on important economic and social questions to enable CAPE members to provide fearless, evidence-based advice in the interest of the public.  The Reignite Learning Series will also look at labour and social justice issues in Canada.

Through Reignite, evening learning sessions will be held on a monthly basis on key themes and policy issues. Sessions will typically include a short presentation by a guest speaker – or by a panel – and a discussion facilitated by an Education Committee member. While most events will take place at the CAPE national office, these sessions could also provide support to local events.

Upcoming discussions

September 21, 2017 - Empowering the Trans community in the workplace and beyond
Alyssa Gonzalez, Biology Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa in Canada
Dan Irving, Associate Professor in the Sexuality Studies Minor program and the Human Rights and Social Justice program at Carleton Univeristy
RJ Jones, Peer Support Mentor at The Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Serena Rivard, Advocate and activist for trans healthcare and trans representation in the arts
Benny Michaud, Indigenous Liaison Officer at Carleton University

Previous discussions

June 22, 2017 - Our pain, your gain: the legacy of strikes and job actions in Canada.
Professor Craig Heron, York University

March 30, 2017 - An Alternative Budget
David MacDonald of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

November 29, 2016 - Climate justice and green jobs
Daniel Cayley-Daoust, climate justice campaigner with the Council of Canadians

October 20, 2016 - Fearless advice and loyal implementation (panel discussion)
Christopher Cooper, assistant professor of political studies and public administration at the University of Ottawa
Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Chantal Maheu, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultations, Privy Council Office
Andrew Treusch, former commissioner, Canada Revenue Agency

June 23, 2016 - Out place in the broader labour movement
Barbara Byers, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress

May 19, 2016 - How We Can Improve Pensions for All Workers
Kevin Skerrett, Senior Research Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees 

April 21, 2016 - An Alternative Budget with David MacDonald of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

January 2016 - Social Justice in the NCR: A Presentation on the Growing Opposition to the Windmill Development Project and Why it Matters to Federal Public Servants