Toronto Spur Festival

This weekend (April 9-12) Toronto hosted the Spur Festival at University of Toronto’s campus. Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada. Founded in 2013, the festival has grown from three to five Canadian cities (Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver), with plans for further expansion across the country. The Festival is produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues.

We were able to stop in to Spur this weekend to check out Sunday’s The Future of Work session, which was moderated by Jacquie McNish and included three participants: Ross Perlin (author of Intern Nation), Carl Cederstrom and Bhaskar Sunkara. Topics of interest included worker misclassification, unpaid internships and precarious employment.

Each participant brought a unique perspective to the discussion and as always, it was a pleasure to hear Ross speak about his more recent research on youth unemployment and unpaid internships. Well done!

CIA Executives: Claire Seaborn and Barbara Ciochon

CIA Executives: Claire Seaborn and Barbara Ciochon


Left to Right: Andrew Langille, Ross Perlin, Joshua Mandryk and Claire Seaborn

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