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Media, Misinformation, and What Can Be Done About It

Given the rise of misinformation that we’ve seen around the world and in Canada, what practical steps can be taken to improve the coverage leading up to and during the 2019 federal election?

Canadians are becoming more aware of issues around fake news, disinformation, the dominance of social media bubbles but most do not have the chance to creatively engage with, understand and address these challenges. Instead, journalists often decide on their own what issues are newsworthy and what stories are covered. As the number of journalists across Canada is declining and misinformation continues to fuel polarization and hate online it’s more important than ever to address this head on.

That’s why The Discourse in partnership with SFU Public Square is inviting journalists, academics, students, stakeholders and citizens to come together for a workshop on the media, misinformation, and what can be done about it. Together we’ll dig into the real-life impacts of misinformation and brainstorm practical ways to serve the public and depolarize the discourse leading up to Canada’s 2019 federal election.

This collaborative workshop with tangible outcomes will be facilitated by Lindsay Sample and Francesca Fionda of The Discourse. We will use a workshop model that has been successfully leveraged to support improved reporting on child welfare, refugee and sustainability issues.

Why now?

In what is being called the “post-truth” era, the distortion of our information landscape is eroding our trust in institutions, political systems, the media, and each other. On Jan. 30, 2019, the federal government announced plans to “safeguard Canada’s 2019 election” by “announcing a series of actions across a number of areas that will further strengthen our electoral system.” The government is not alone in their concerns. Leading up to the election money and resources across sectors will  be spent to combat “fake news” and build people’s capacity to resist misinformation. A lot of this work is likely to happen in silos.

The SFU Public Square 2019 Community Summit is an opportunity to ensure that people with different backgrounds and expertise have the chance to work together to generate creative solutions to this problem.


This event is by invitation only. 


Mon, April 15, 2019 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM

12:00 PM - Doors open and working lunch
12:45 PM - Workshop begins


SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue - Room 320
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

Venue Accessibility

Getting There

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance).

Public Transportation

The venue is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Visit for more information.


Bike stalls are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street).


Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.


Wheelchair Access

The venue and all floors within the building are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators.  


Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. All washrooms are wheelchair accessible.


The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor (take the hallway to the right).

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-5959.

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