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Apartment613 Talks: Political Capital – How does a city of public servants engage in politics?

By Ryan Saxby Hill on March 28, 2015

Apartment613 Talks returns April 1st with a discussion on Ottawa’s political culture. Presented in partnership with the PSAC National Capital Region, this talk will explore how Ottawa’s position as the national capital affects the political behaviour of those who live and work here.

How does a city that lives and breathes the always-on political climate of the Hill also engage with the politics in its own backyard? How does a city of un-biased and conflict-of-interest-obsessed administrators navigate the realities of electoral politics? Is there a risk of deepening apathy in a city so dominated by bureaucratic hierarchies?

We’ve compiled three panelists to examine the issue and drive this discussion.

  • Jeffry House – lawyer who fought (and won) the Supreme Court PSAC’s case affirming political rights of civil servants.
  • Bronwyn Funiciello – public service worker who took a leave in 2013 to run for the Ontario NDP
  • Robert Fox from Voice-Voix.ca – a non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations committed to defending rights to dissent, advocacy and democratic space.

Hope you can join the conversation!

Apartment613 Talks will take place at Hub Ottawa (71 Bank Street). This is a free event. Doors at 6pm and the panel will start around 6:30pm. Refreshments will be served.