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We Need to Talk About This: Our first-ever national talk series

This fall we will be launching WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS, our new national talk series!

Watch this space to learn more about This Magazine events in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto. Each city will feature a different topic ranging from mental health to LGBTQ issues and include a diverse range of speakers.

We can’t wait to visit your city!


HALIFAX: February 27, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m., The Bus Stop Theatre
We Need to Talk About This: Diversity in media
The Big Question: “What can we do to make Canada’s media more diverse”

Featuring Arielle Twist, Sandra C. Hannebohm, Trina Roache and Haleigh Atwood

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TORONTO: September 27, 2018 @ 7 p.m., Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street)
We Need to Talk About This: LGBTQ issues
The Big Question: “In what ways are LGBTQ communities experiencing violence today, and how are we working to fix it?”

Featuring Farrah Khan, RM Vaughan, and Alex Verman

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Meet the speakers:

Farrah Khan has spent two decades raising awareness about the intersections of gender-based violence and equity through education, counselling and advocacy. She is Manger of Consent Comes First, co-founder of femifesto and host of the upcoming podcast Pleasure Principle. Her self care activities this week is reading Babysitter’s Club books, button making, and watching red panda videos.

RM Vaughan is a Canadian writer based in Toronto. Originally from Saint John, Vaughan holds an MA in English from the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of 11 books and hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines. Vaughan’s latest book, Bright Eyed: Insomnia and its Cultures (Coach House Books) was critically acclaimed in Canada and the U.S. and has been translated into Korean. Vaughan is a contributing editor to This Magazine.

Alex Verman is a writer and communist who lives and works in Treaty 13 territory currently occupied by the city of Toronto. Alex writes about the politics of identity and narrative, particularly focusing on issues of representation and exploitation. Alex’s work ranges from reported stories to personal essays, and has appeared in publications like This Magazine, Briarpatch, Canadaland, them., and Teen Vogue.


MONTREAL: October 24, 2018 @ 7 p.m., Musée des Beaux-Arts (1380 Rue Sherbrooke)
We Need to Talk About This: Mental Health
The Big Question: “What’s missing from the conversation around mental health that we need to talk more about?”

Featuring Sonia Côté, Erica Ruth Kelly, and Tristan Ouimet-Savard

Missed the event? Podcast coming soon!

Sonia Côté has extensive experience in the health and social services network, more specifically in mental health and in the housing and social housing sectors. From 2009 to 2013, she coordinated the Montreal site of the world’s largest study on homelessness and mental health, Project Chez soi /At Home, a research and demonstration project that took place in five Canadian cities, and later became one of the founding members of the Movement to End Homelessness in Montreal. Currently, Sonia is leading a community organization whose mission is to improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations.

Erica Ruth Kelly is a Montreal writer and mental health advocate now working in the non-profit sector in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in This, BuzzFeed, the Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, and the Montreal Gazette, among others. She lives with, and educates others on, borderline personality disorder.

Tristan Ouimet-Savard is a community organizer with Quebec’s Regroupement des Auberges du coeur. His work focuses on  policy and human rights issues that affect the youth. He has been involved in the creation of the Mouvement jeunes et santé mentale, a coalition supported by 300 organizations and 1,300 individuals who wish to prevent the medicalization of social issues, to make voices of people living with mental health problems heard and to develop alternative practices in these areas.

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