Saturdays in Surrey Lectures

Oh, Canada: Perspectives on Canada Today

Saturdays in Surrey Lecture Series

Our new Saturday afternoon lecture series at Surrey City Centre Library brings to the fore current topics of interest to adults keen to learn about and discuss issues of moment in the complex world we live in.

Our first series – “Oh, Canada: Perspectives on Canada Today” – begins at home, bringing together six experts who will focus on issues of concern to Canadians, ranging from the environment to immigration to energy policy. As a young nation-state in search of self-definition, Canada is a source of perplexity both to us and outsiders.

Lectures include a question-and-answer period.

Please note that Lecture 1 through 5 have concluded.

AHCP196

Oh, Canada Lecture Series (Lecture 6)—Canada's Energy Policy: Looney Toons in the Great North (Surrey City Centre Library)

Federal policies often go into budget bills un-debated. Industries write their own regulations. Federal scientists are silenced on important issues. New jobs are touted without concern for their sustainability or environmental and social costs. Don’t you wish it were all only a cartoon?

Lectures include a question-and-answer period.

Currently not available for registration.

AHCP191

Oh, Canada Lecture Series (Lecture 1)—Not Green Enough: The Environmental Crisis (Surrey City Centre Library)

Canada has dragged its feet on limiting our use of non-renewable resources, and the government is less than enthusiastic about changing environmentally damaging consumption patterns. Are we doomed? Or might we yet keep our planet healthy through engaged ecology?

Lectures include a question-and-answer period.

Currently not available for registration.

AHCP192

Oh, Canada Lecture Series (Lecture 2)—The Canada-US Relationship Past, Present, and Future (Surrey City Centre Library)

The Canada-US relationship has defined the way Canada is known and imagined. From Sir John A. Macdonald to Harold Innis and Rick Mercer, Canadians have been curious about their southern neighbour. What makes these societies distinct? And how can a unique Canadian identity survive in a globalizing world?

Lectures include a question-and-answer period.

Currently not available for registration.

AHCP193

Oh, Canada Lecture Series (Lecture 3)—Coming Here: Canada's Troubled Immigration Policies (Surrey City Centre Library)

Canada's welcome policy, dictated by a mix of political interests and economic issues, has made immigration sometimes easy, sometimes not. After 1947, the war and Canadian Citizenship Act changed people's thinking about equality, racism, and the country’s needs and future. What's really going on now?

Lectures include a question-and-answer period.

Currently not available for registration.

AHCP194

Oh, Canada Lecture Series (Lecture 4)—Canadian Women: Progress or Problems? (Surrey City Centre Library)

Canada was recently named the best country in the G20 for women, but according to other studies, it is slipping seriously on gender equality. What and who exactly is being measured? What challenges do Canadian women face compared to their international counterparts? And how do their individual experiences differ—often radically?

Lectures include a question-and-answer period.

Currently not available for registration.

AHCP195

Oh, Canada Lecture Series (Lecture 5)—Looking for Justice in Canada's Aboriginal Policies (Surrey City Centre Library)

A mishmash of misunderstandings, good intentions gone awry, and bureaucratic bungling, Canada’s balkanizing Aboriginal policies have often let justice go for naught. Why haven’t we done better? And is there a way out of longstanding policy boondoggles?

Lectures include a question-and-answer period.

Currently not available for registration.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion
  • Audio and/or video clips (may vary from class to class)

Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone who is interested in exploring social, political, and cultural issues in contemporary Canada.

Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class.

How can I find my classroom or lecture theatre?

All our classrooms at Surrey City Centre Library are on the fourth floor. The staff at the library’s information and security desk, located on the ground floor near the entrance, can help with directions, but you will need to know the room number of your lecture or course. If you are taking a course, refer to your confirmation letter for the room number. Our online guide to Surrey City Centre Library contains other information, including how to get to the library.

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