At a time when democracy is under increased attack, people and organizations from around the world gathered at the Democracy XChange Summit in Toronto to share initiatives and measures to activate change from the ground up.
“Democracy XChange provided an opportunity to develop strategies to strengthen and defend democracy,” said National Secretary Treasurer Bob Orr, who represented Unifor at the event. “Diverse voices were able to join the discussion on new methods to engage and organize in order to generate grassroots change.”
Unifor was a proud sponsor of Democracy XChange, held at Ryerson University January 25-27, which featured plenaries, round tables, and more than 50 speakers.
Journalist Maria Ressa, named TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year as one of “The Guardians” from around the world combating the “War on Truth”, delivered the closing keynote address on truth, information and global power structures. Ressa highlighted the responsibility to call out false information on social media whenever it is encountered.
“Democracy cannot be taken for granted,” said Orr. “It must be defended by everyone from local neighbourhood activists to national change makers.”