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JOIN US!!!! FOR A FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION OF "THE BILLBOARD SQUAD"!!!
Wednesday June 22 at 7:30pm at Innis Town Hall Theatre for the documentary film “The Billboard Squad” by Cat Mills and Felicity Justrabo followed by a panel discussion on illegal billboards, activism, burnout, mental health and working with city hall. Doors open at 6:45pm!!
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Moderator: Igor Samardzic
Igor is disabled urban planner and community advocate. He brings extensive nonprofit and grassroots experience. His recent projects include sitting on the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods Roundtable, producing a documentary, Accessing the City, and overseeing a research project with the University of Toronto on Publicly Accessible Washrooms. Igor is a candidate in the upcoming municipal election in Toronto for Spadina-Fort York. (https://www.igorsamardzic.ca/
Panelist: Dave Meslin
Dave Meslin is the Creative Director of Unlock Democracy Canada. A passionate transpartisan political disruptor, Dave has spent the last twenty years a
s a political biologist, exploring the strange and mysterious worlds of protest movements, party politics and non-profit organizations. (https://www.unlockdemocracy.ca/
Panelist: Cat Mills
Cat Mills is an award winning filmmaker with a passion for the unconventional. Her 2017 film Big Men, Small Dogs for CBC Short Docs went viral with over a million views in the first few weeks of its release. She is also the winner of the 2016 and the 2020 Hot Docs Short Pitch Competition. Cat is drawn to themes of community and kindness and uses humour to challenge our perceptions of the world.
Panelist: Angela Bischoff
Angela Bischoff has worked with the environmental non-profit sector for more than 3 decades in 4 Canadian cities working on issues ranging from eco-cities, transportation, climate, mental health and elections. She is the Director of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, a small but mighty group aiming to move Ontario onto a 100% renewable energy path.
Panelist: City Councillor Josh Matlow
Josh Matlow lives in Midtown Toronto with wife Melissa, and daughter Molly. He was elected to Toronto City Council on October 25th, 2010, and is now serving his third term as City Councillor for Toronto-St. Paul’s, Ward 12. As a community advocate and city councillor Josh brings a strong, independent and facts-based perspective to every policy debate.
6:45pm - Doors Open
7:30pm - Opening Remarks
7:30pm - Film Screening
8:00pm - Panel Discussion
8:30pm - Closing Remarks
"Dave Meslin, a 47-year-old Canadian activist, is known for his campaigns to defend public space from commercial interests. For 15 years, he has been lobbying Toronto to remove illegal billboards from neighbourhoods across the city.?
He assembles a team of volunteers, including his 11-year-old niece, to gather intelligence and strategise on how to bring down the billboards. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to reclaim a local green space.?
As the Billboard Squad clashes with power, bureaucracy and inertia, Dave grapples with the emotional complexities of activism."
?The Billboard Squad is a film by Cat Mills and Felicity Justrabo.
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