media release

Talking issues, featuring babies

November 12, 2013

Kera McArthur, Think City, 604.312.5307,
Am Johal, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit, 778.782.8830,
Scott McLean, PAMR, 778.782.5151,

Caring for a baby often means significant lifestyle changes for parents and caregivers, but a new program, launching Nov. 15, from SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Think City is offering people caring for small children the opportunity to discuss civic issues without having to leave their child at home.

Think City Baby Talks – the big issues for people caring for little people has been specifically designed by a new mother, Kera McArthur, to allow caregivers and parents an opportunity to bring their pre-walking babies to a dialogue, hear presentations from experts and panellists, and participate in small group discussions.

“When you have kids all of your activities suddenly become oriented around them, and even if you want to engage in policy discussions, the sessions are usually in the evenings, and not conducive to a parent or caregiver’s schedule,” says McArthur, Think City board member and mother of eight-month old Fred.

“We wanted to try something where we could have a serious discussion about an important issue, where you can bring your baby, and everyone in attendance has made an agreement not to be annoyed by having babies present.”

The first Think City Baby Talks, taking place on Nov. 15, from 11-12:30 p.m., will ask the question: Is it possible to create affordable housing for middle and lower-income earners? Featuring presentations from City of Vancouver assistant director of housing policy Abigail Bond and former University of British Columbia associate vice president campus and community planning Nancy Knight, the event is free, but requires participants to register online.

While there is no childcare at the event (parents and caregivers must be prepared to participate while caring for their babies), there will be dressing rooms made available outside the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts for parents and caregivers requiring additional privacy.

About SFU
Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.

About Think City
Since 2002, the Think City Society has helped citizens understand the issues facing their communities while developing collective solutions to protect the environments, strengthen local economies, advance democratic rights and ensure access to quality public services.


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