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Welcome to the St. Paul’s Federal Liberal Association.  It is my pleasure and honour to serve as President of a wonderfully engaged, passionate and energetic Association.  I am sure you will find many opportunities to become involved and share our enthusiasm.

We want to hear from you – your thoughts and feelings about Canadian life and politics, and your ideas for the future of Canada and the Liberal Party.  All of us understand how important it is to play a part in building the Liberal Party, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, riding by riding, province by province.  You have now become part of this vital process – you’ve come to the right place!

We hope this website will help get you started.  It will show you the way round our organization, and let you know about things that are going on in our Association.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you, and working with you in our great Liberal movement.

Please feel free to contact me directly,

William Watson, President

St. Paul’s Federal Liberal Association

president@stpaulsliberals.ca

Policy Meet-Up: Does the Federal Government Need to Regulate Artificial Intelligence to Ensure it Serves Us Rather than the Opposite?

Posted on June 10, 2018 | No Comments

Back in March of this year, an Anglican bishop in the UK created a document outlining 10 commandments for AI.

  1. AI should be designed for all, and benefit humanity.

  2. AI should operate on principles of transparency and fairness, and be well signposted [signposting refers to road signs and the directions they provide].

  3. AI should not be used to transgress the data rights and privacy of individuals, families, or communities.

  4. The application of AI should be to reduce inequality of wealth, health, and opportunity.

  5. AI should not be used for criminal intent, nor to subvert the values of our democracy, nor truth, nor courtesy in public discourse.

  6. The primary purpose of AI should be to enhance and augment, rather than replace, human labour and creativity.

  7. All citizens have the right to be adequately educated to flourish mentally, emotionally, and economically in a digital and artificially intelligent world.

  8. AI should never be developed or deployed separately from consideration of the ethical consequences of its applications.

  9. The autonomous power to hurt or destroy should never be vested in AI.

  10. Governments should ensure that the best research and application of AI is directed toward the most urgent problems facing humanity.

The Anglican bishop isn’t the only one ready to put constraints around AI development. An organization called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society was formed two years ago by the very companies at the forefront of AI development. Its membership includes Amazon, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, and Google. With self-interest in mind, this Society has stated its goals are to:

  1. That it ensures that AI development benefits and empowers humanity.

  2. That its members listen to the public and seek its feedback.

  3. That it commits to open research on AI.

  4. That it commits to third-party corporate engagement.

  5. That it addresses the recognized and yet undiscovered challenges of AI.

Nowhere in this society’s manifesto do its participants address the fears expressed by some (Elon Musk for one) that unconstrained AI is a threat to humanity.

How real is that threat? I suggest you read a posting I wrote in December of last year: The Current State of AI as We Begin 2018 to get a better handle on this issue.

But the unconstrained development of AI going forward could present problems. Should principles stated like the new 10 commandments of AI, therefore, be put into federal legislation to ensure that developers here in Canada whether domestic or foreign, in the present, and future, build AI to serve humanity rather than subvert it?

Location: Wallace Gastropub (upstairs), 1954 Yonge Street (north of the Davisville subway station)

Time: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Posted on March 16, 2018 | No Comments

Policy Meetup: Canada’s Strengths in a Multilateral World

Posted on February 27, 2018 | No Comments

Canada traditionally has been seen as a resource-rich, largely empty land. Outside North America, Canada is seen as the place north of the United States that is closely aligned with that country in positioning itself in the world.

Canada at the United Nations has been a peacekeeper, a supporter of aid to the Developing World countries in greatest need. We are seen in many places in the world as a political refuge, a place of asylum.

Our immigration policy in recent years has changed the makeup of our population from being largely a Franco-Anglo country to one with people from all over the world.

This diversity, our democracy, environment, and our acceptance of people of all faiths, sexual orientation, and ethnicities is a model for other nations to consider and follow.

We have a colonial legacy in sad need of repair within our borders related to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples, and need to apply the values we project outwardly to the rest of the world to our internal domain.

So the question is what can we offer the rest of the world in forging relationships both social and economic that will help our country thrive and assist the rest of our planet in the 21st century?

Details:

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Place: Wallace Gastropub, 1954 Yonge Street, upstairs (north of the Davisville subway station on Yonge Street)

Time: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

(This is a free event for Federal Liberal Party supporters and the general public. Refreshments will be served.)

 

TORONTO-ST. PAUL’S FEDERAL LIBERAL ASSOCIATION AGM

Posted on January 30, 2018 | No Comments

AGM & Conversation with Dr. Tina J. Park on North Korea! Now is the time to get involved in the Liberal Party! We’re halfway to the […]

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March Policy Meet-Up: Canada’s Economy, Trade & Trump

Posted on March 5, 2017 | No Comments

When 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Where Midtown Gastro Pub, 1535 Yonge Street (corner of Yonge & Heath) The Canadian economic picture is […]

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Policy Meet-up: Canadian Healthcare [Updated with Notes]

Posted on March 4, 2017 | No Comments

When Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 Topic: Canadian Healthcare What’s working? What’s not? Are there other national models we can emulate? What about pharmacare? What about dental […]

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Real Change in Ottawa

Posted on October 23, 2015 | No Comments

My heartfelt thanks to all the engaged citizens of Toronto-St.Paul’s for putting your trust in me as your representative once again. It is impossible for me […]

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Next Policy Meetup on October 12, 2017: The Canada-U.S. Relationship Going Forward

Posted on September 21, 2017 | No Comments

In light of the Trump administration attempting to alter the terms and conditions of NAFTA to meet “America First” objectives, and in light of the Trump […]

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Next Policy Meetup: After Reconciliation What Then?

Posted on August 5, 2017 | No Comments

Date: Thursday, August 10th, 2017 Location: Wallace GastroPub, 1954 Yonge Street, upstairs Time: 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Some background: In an article in the Toronto Star […]

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Community Parliament Creates Third Policy Proposal for Biennial Meeting Consideration

Posted on July 20, 2017 | No Comments

July 20, 2017 – This is the third posting related to the Toronto-St. Paul’s ad hoc Policy Committee meeting on July 13, 2017, a Community Parliament where those […]

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Community Parliament Creates Policy Proposals for Biennial Meeting Consideration

Posted on July 19, 2017 | No Comments

July 19, 2017 – This is the second posting related to the Toronto-St. Paul’s ad hoc Policy Committee meeting on July 13, 2017, a Community Parliament where those […]

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Community Parliament Generates New Policy Ideas for Consideration at Biennial Meeting Next Year

Posted on July 19, 2017 | No Comments

July 19, 2017 – Toronto-St. Paul’s ad hoc Policy Committee met on July 13, 2017 in a Community Parliament to allow those who wished to propose […]

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Community Parliament, Thursday, July 13th – An Opportunity to Pitch Policy and Vote

Posted on July 7, 2017 | No Comments

What is a Community Parliament? Built on a model created by the Policy Committee of Parkdale-High Park’s riding association, it is an opportunity for those who […]

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