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HAT Forum
Sat May 7th 2016
11 a.m. To 1 pm
519 Church Street Room 304
Topic: “Ideas from other countries that you would like to see in Canada"
Proposer: Debora Jenkins

*The idea for this topic came from Michael Moore's recent film, Where to Invade Next, in which Moore goes to other countries in search of good ideas to bring back to the United States. The movie is not playing in Toronto anymore but you can watch Michael Moore discuss many of the ideas of the film on YouTube on the Stephen Colbert show and on Talks at Google.

1. What do you think of the following ideas mentioned in the film? 

Portugal: legalized possession of any and all drugs 15 years ago
Norway: all prison sentences capped at 21 years
Italy: mandatory 7 to 8 week paid vacations 
France: superior quality, healthy student lunches
Slovenia: free university
Rwanda: quotas for women in government
Iceland: quotas for women (and men) on boards in companies (40% for both genders)
Germany: a thriving middle class of well-paid workers
Finland: no homework

2. What ideas, be they cultural, political, social, edible, aesthetic, or economic, would you like to bring to Canada? From what countries? Why?

Off the top of my head, here are a few of mine:

Sweden: the Nordic Model for prostitution (already here but under threat)
Pittsburgh: beautiful, creative bike racks as public art
New Orleans: Beignets!
Washington DC: free museum admission
Paris: a strong sense of style and design
London: plentiful wrought iron fences and railings 
Most countries in the world: better social skills/closer family and community ties
Etc.

Yours?

4. What are the drawbacks to some of these ideas?

5. Why do we sometimes seem to be reluctant to adopt ideas from other places?

6. What Canadian ideas do you think other countries would benefit from?

7. Any ideas we don't want? Like the American political system :)

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.