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An Evening with Anti-Austerity Campaigner and Author Harry Smith and The Tyee's Geoff Dembicki

Join us for a provocative evening of discussion about where Canada is headed, and the dark history we may be unknowingly repeating. Come for a rousing speech by 92-year old anti-austerity campaigner and occasional Guardian columnist Harry Leslie Smith, and stay for the conversation with The Tyee’s lead sustainability reporter, 29-year old Geoff Dembicki.

For decades, Canada and other countries have been chipping away at their social safety nets, removing many services and safeguards for citizens. Where will this path to austerity bring us? Harry Leslie Smith, recently on tour with the Labour Party in the run up to the UK’s election, has a stern warning for younger Canadians. A survivor of the Great Depression, the Second World War, and an immigrant to Canada, Smith has experienced world history for almost a hundred years, and is now on a personal mission to share his story with Canadians ahead of the next federal election.

The evening will feature a speech from Harry Leslie Smith, a reading from his book Harry’s Last Stand, and a conversation with Geoff Dembicki, followed by a reception.

Proceeds from this event will go towards The Tyee's reporting on the 2015 federal election.

Tickets are $25 through Eventbrite, or $30 cash at the door. Student rate: $15 through Evenbrite, or $20 cash at the door. Copies of Smith's book, Harry's Last Stand, will be available for purchase at the event, and Smith will be signing books at the reception.

A live webcast of this event will be available during the event. Click here to access the live webcast.

Can't make it to the Vancouver event? Harry will also be speaking in other parts of the country as part of the Broadbent Institute's Stand up for Progress National Tour. For more information, click here.

Community sponsors: Groundswell, OpenMedia, Board of ChangeBroadbent InstituteGen Why Media, and Next Up.

In-kind sponsor: Howe Sound Brewing.

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By Harry Leslie Smith, 15 Jun 2015



A 92-Year-Old Activist's Advice For Defeating Harper: Vote

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By Geoff Dembicki, 1 Jun 2015



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By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 21 Mar 2015



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By Jane Armstrong, 6 Apr 2015



Young Voters Could Defeat Harper, So Why Don't They?

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By Geoff Dembicki, 6 Apr 2015