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350 people at “Time for Change” public forum in London

The audience in London last night. Photo by Dylan Penner.

The audience in London last night. Photo by Dylan Penner.

The Council of Canadians held a “Time for Change” public forum in London last night.

More than 350 people were attendance for the event at the Wolf Performance Hall at the London Central Library.

The speakers included Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow, Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff, economist Jim Stanford, Londoners for Door to Door (postal delivery) organizer David Heap, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada president Deb Daviau, and former Veterans’ Ombudsman Pat Strogan.

The evening was moderated by Council of Canadians youth vote campaigner Brigette DePape.

For short video clips of the presentations by Daviau click here and here and by Stanford here.

Last night’s event was organized in partnership with Unifor.

This afternoon people will also be gathering at the Covent Garden Market in London for street canvassing throughout downtown areas. This is part of our Rock the Vote Summer Challenge to encourage young people to vote in election. People also gathered on Monday afternoon to collect pledges.

The Council of Canadians has organized nine public forums to date with key allies in the lead up to the October 19 federal election. About 2,000 people have attended these town hall gatherings across the country so far.

Our next town hall meeting will take place in Courtenay on Wednesday (June 24). That forum will feature Barlow, DePape, Unifor national president Jerry Dias and political activist Judy Rebick. Please click here for the details on that event.

For more on our democracy campaign, click here.

Further reading
Big audience in Vancouver for election town hall forum (April 30)
A full house at Ottawa election town hall forum (May 7)
Winnipeg election town hall a success (May 12)
250 people at ‘go vote’ town hall in Saskatoon (May 13)
#GoVote2015 public forum held in Bridgewater (May 19)
#GoVote2015 forum in Moncton (May 20)
#GoVote2015 public forum in Scarborough (June 1)
400 people at “Time for Change” public forum in Toronto (June 18)

Photo: The audience in London last night. Photo by Dylan Penner.