Risk, Regulation and Reality – Special event in Toronto

Whether it’s SARS,West Nile Virus, environmental illness, the dangers of obesity, food additives, genetically modified foods, terrorism, global warming, or a host of other issues, the risks we run, as a society and as individuals, are increasingly coming to preoccupy us and dominate public policy debate. How can we manage the many risks that we face in an intelligent manner, and at a cost that is commensurate with the benefits?

Are we forgoing economic opportunities because of irrational fears of hypothetical risks? Can government make risk disappear? And what are the real costs and benefits of the widespread belief that regulation can tame risk?
If, like us, you think these questions are some of the most important facing Canada today, we hope you’ll join us for this upcoming conference in Toronto where the use of regulation to manage risk will be explored.  We have excellent international speakers joining us and we believe this event will be useful as we move forward in ongoing policy discussion with today government leaders.


“Risk, and its impact on our lives and businesses, continues to grow in our global society. But when is there time to gain perspective on the issues when we are bombarded by threat of risk on a daily basis? Join us as we hear from leading experts who will help shed light on some of the ‘risk myths’ facing Canadians today.”

Date:              Thursday, October 7th, 2004
Time:               8:00 am to 1:45 pm (approximately)
Place:             Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON
Registration:   $75 per person (includes GST; as well as continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch)
RSVP:             [email protected] or fax @ 416-364-4628

Panic Attack from London to Canada
James Glassman, Host and Event Moderator, Tech Central Station

The Cost of Saving People: Thinking outside of the Box
Dr. Michael Kunze, Professor of Public Health, University of Vienna

Disease without Borders
Dr. David Gratzer, physician and author and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Institute.

The Complexity of Global Climate Change
Dr. Sallie Baliunas, astrophysicist, George Marshall Institute Senior Scientist, and Environmental Science Host for Tech Central Station. Dr. Tim Patterson, Professor of Geology, Carleton University

Getting off the Scale: Weighing in on Obesity:
Radley Balko, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Reinventing Borders
Janice G. Weiner, Political/Economic Consul, U.S. Consulate General Toronto


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