The Centre For Social Innovation

October 24, 2005 06:59 ET

Ralph Nader Toronto bound

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 24, 2005) - On the heels of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with gas prices hovering at the dollar mark and Toronto choking through record days of smog, Ralph Nader is headed to the Big Smoke with a plan on how Canadians can help lead the way out of the energy crisis. The long-time consumer advocate and three-time US Presidential Candidate will speak at Ryerson Theatre on October 28 from 8:30pm to 10pm outlining the role Canada should play in bringing the US on side with international efforts under the Kyoto-Protocol to stem climate change.

Nader's Ryerson appearance is a presentation of The Centre for Social Innovation, a Toronto-based collaborative of non profit leaders, social entrepreneurs, artists, philanthropists and other socially minded and mission-based groups and individuals. Nader's visit to Toronto comes as Canada prepares to host a 180-Nation Climate Change Summit in Montreal beginning at the end of November. Nader, who is the co-author of "Canada Firsts," a book about great innovations first spearheaded by Canadians (including insulin), will also highlight innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges that are emerging here in Canada.

"Americans have much to lose if Canadians lose their self-reliance and originality when outside political, economic, cultural, and psychological forces lead them toward an indentured, duplicative society...A new era is needed, one that beckons new levels of national self-confidence to protect what Canada has that is best, which will benefit the U.S., too," said Ralph Nader.

"Ralph Nader challenges us to be citizens actively engaged in our society, taking responsibility for what we do and the world we'll leave to our children. The Centre for Social Innovation is honoured to host someone whose dogged determination inspires each of us to look within ourselves and find the courage to believe that we can make a difference," said Tonya Surman, executive director of The Centre for Social Innovation, presenter of Nader's talk at Ryerson.

Where: Ryerson Theatre
When: 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM, October 28
Cost: tickets are $15 for students (with student id) in advance; $20 for non-students in advance; $20 for students (with student id) at the door; $25 for non-students at the door.
Tickets: may be purchased Online from Ticket Master or by calling 416-870-8000. Additional information may be found at

The Centre for Social Innovation exists to catalyze, inform, inspire, incubate and support innovative social mission initiatives. Through collaboration, social enterprise and capacity building programming, CSI is an emotional and physical hub for both leading and emerging Canadian social innovators working towards solutions to shared problems.
/For further information: Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
(416) 699-1846
Cell: (416) 525-5177

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  • Susan McLennan, Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-699-1846
    Secondary Phone: 416-525-5177