Income inequality has been described as the “defining issue of our time”, leading to stagnant economic growth, increased health problems, social dissension and a loss of hope.
Presenting the keynote address of the 2014 Atlantic Summer Institute, Senator Art Eggleton hopes to raise awareness and offer solutions to this issue during the session being held Aug. 19 in Charlottetown.
Eggleton’s keynote speech, The Great Divergence, will open the 8th Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities.
The theme is Renewing Democracy through Social Justice: Adding New Voices.
The keynote event is free and open to the public, taking place at 6:30 p.m. at the Canada Pavilion of the P.E.I. Celebration Zone.
“With decades of experience in municipal and federal politics in Canada, Senator Eggleton brings his unique perspective on issues of income inequality, poverty, and health,” says institute co-ordinator Patsy Beattie-Huggan.
The Atlantic Summer Institute runs Aug. 19 to 21.
Several events at the Atlantic Summer Institute are open to the public. Prior to the keynote event, the Storytellers Circle gathers storytellers from across the Atlantic region to share their stories of advocacy for social justice.
This event takes place in the CAST building at Holland College’s Charlottetown campus from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.
The Atlantic Community Showcase profiles innovative community efforts and initiatives from across the Atlantic region. Interactive presentations and displays will be presented on Aug. 20 and 21 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Holland College.
Fun and thrills can be found at the Social Circus, hosted by Halifax circus artist and director of the Halifax Circus School, Mike Hirschbach.
The Social Circus will introduce participants to a variety of circus arts in a free, fun and accessible setting, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Canada Pavilion of the P.E.I. 2014 Celebration Zone.