Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

26sep6:00 pm6:55 pmVirtual EventThe City Imagines: Root CausesKAREN K. LEE, JOSHNA MAHARAJ, DAVID MILLER, CHERYLL CASE6:00 pm - 6:55 pm EST

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What lies at the heart of the myriad issues plaguing modern society? Who has the answers? An elite team of thinkers come together to discuss how healthy living, climate reform, and social structures are connected.

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Cheryll Case

Cheryll Case practices a human rights approach to community planning. As founder and Principal Urban Planner of CP Planning, Cheryll coordinates with charities, private sector industries, and communities to resource the systems necessary to secure dignified living for all peoples.

David Miller

David Miller is the Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Miller is a Harvard-trained economist and professionally a lawyer.

Joshna Maharaj

Joshna Maharaj is a chef, two-time TEDx speaker, and activist. Joshna is a regular guest on CBC Radio, a passionate public speaker, and co-hosts The Hot Plate, a food and drink podcast. She was the recipient of Restaurants Canada’s Culinary Excellence Award in 2018.

Karen K. Lee

Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC was born in Penang, Malaysia, and moved with her family to Canada at age eight. She studied medicine at the University of Alberta and completed residency training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. As an advisor, her clients and partners have included the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Australian Heart Foundation, several offices of the World Health Organization, and city, provincial and state governments and organizations around the world.


Fit Cities

Dr. Lee has always known that health education, public service announcements, and our individual struggles are not enough. The world around us needs to change to support us in taking steps (literally and figuratively) to save our own lives. Working with civic leaders, city planners, and architects, she has been a pioneer in addressing today’s leading health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, strokes, cancers, and diabetes. Fit Cities is a riveting memoir of that work–the story of how Dr. Lee and her many teams of brilliant collaborators uncovered, and set about eradicating, the causes of a pandemic of unhealthy living. And every step of the way, it offers invaluable advice on how we can all help ourselves to live healthier lives.

AuthorKaren K. Lee

House Divided

A citizen’s guide to making the big city a place where we can afford to live. Housing is increasingly unattainable in successful global cities, and Toronto is no exception – in part because of zoning that protects “stable” residential neighborhoods with high property values. House Divided is a citizen’s guide for changing the way housing can work in big cities. Using Toronto as a case study, this anthology unpacks the affordability crisis and offers innovative ideas for creating housing for all ages and demographic groups.

AuthorCheryll Case


If our planet is going to survive the climate emergency, we need to act quickly. As David Miller argues in Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis, cities are more nimble than national governments when it comes to enacting reforms. Studies show that 70% of earth’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cities. Miller takes a comprehensive look at the sustainable initiatives that major cities have put in place to reduce their carbon footprints. If the world’s other cities adopt these practices, in pace and scale, Miller contends that we will finally resolve the climate crisis.

AuthorDavid Miller

Take Back The Tray

Good food generally doesn’t arrive on a tray, but Chef Joshna Maharaj knows that institutional kitchens have the ability to produce good, nourishing food, because she’s been making it happen over the past 14 years. She’s determined to bring health, humanity, and hospitality back to institutional food while also building sustainability, supporting the local economy, and reinvigorating the work of frontline staff. Maharaj reconnects food with health, wellness, education, and rehabilitation in a way that serves people, not just budgets, and proves change is possible with honest, sustained commitment on all levels.

AuthorJoshna Maharaj


(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm EST