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Quench your thirst for politics, art and ideas at #Spur15

By Jenn Jefferys on November 5, 2015

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Clear your schedule this weekend – because Spur is well worth your time.

On the heels of a new government’s swearing in, this Thursday through Sunday Spur Fest descends on the Capital and promises a medley of sophisticated dialogue.

According to Festival Director Helen Walsh, Spur will provide opportunities for people to debate topics or issues that may be “provocative, informative, infuriating or just plain fun”. Folks of all walks of life and all political stripes are warmly welcomed, and can expect debates and conversations, lectures and readings from an array of fascinating minds.

Here’s a sample roundup of some of the events happening at Spur Ottawa 2015:

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Karim-Khoja-217x300-205x205Roshan: Canada’s Legacy in Afghanistan
Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm – FREE

This Thursday at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, a conversation surrounding Afghanistan mobile company Roshan will be taking place. Canada’s legacy in Afghanistan will also be explored at length, featuring guest speaker Karim Khoja: the Chief Executive Officer of Roshan.

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1-205x205Glass Attic?: Fostering Canada’s Female Leaders
Saturday, November 7 at 2:00pm – $15/$10 for students

Women’s access to and engagement in our Canadian political discourse has not, historically, been particularly encouraging. Join this conversation between former Premier of Alberta Alison Redford and moderator Dawna Friesen. Spur indicates that Redford will discuss the inequality women continue to face in leadership positions, the responsibilities that come with being a female leader, and how to nurture and support future generations of women.

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CMS-PHOTO-205x205BBC’s The Forum Presents: Reconciliation
Saturday, November 7 at 8:00pm – $10/$5 for students

Featuring the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Kristina Llewellyn, Dr. Torsten Klengel and moderated by Bridget Kendall, this panel will explore the many complicated facets of Canada’s evolving relationship with indigenous peoples, such as exactly what reconciliation between indigenous peoples (victims) and the Canadian government (aggressors) should encompass, and whether opening up old colonial wounds will prolong disputes, or pave a new way forward.

Spur Ottawa is happening from November 5 – 8, 2015 at various locations. Festival passes are available for $75. Tickets for individual events range from Free – $20. Visit the festival website for a list of events and more info.

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