Place Matters Conference 2020

London’s 2nd annual Place Matters Conference explores social constructs of place and community-driven, grassroots placemaking. It is a community-gathering hub to learn about enhancing our urban experiences and create a strong sense of place for all Londoners.

Virtual online conference
Wednesday, September 23 – Sunday, September 27, 2020
More details and registration at

The next City Symposium looks for the end of poverty

Each City Symposium event is situated around one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. On September 14, the series explores the local relevance and implications of Goal #1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Monday, September 14, 2020
6:40 PM – Pre-Symposium Mini-Concert
7:00 PM – Speakers and Presentations

Learn more about the City Symposium format and series.

Free registration for the event is now open at

Speakers include Dr. Abe Oudshoorn (Western’s School of Nursing), Susan Macphail (former director of CMHA’s My Sister’s Place), Amy Rathan (founder of ImpactLondon), Jonathan Rivard (Manager with the City of London’s Homeless Prevention department), and Malvin Wright (community developer). Hosted by Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins (Western’s Centre for Teaching and Learning).

Voices from the Margins of a Crisis – A Podcast Episode with Jeff Preston

This week, the Voices from the Margins of a Crisis series features a podcast episode with Jeff Preston. Jeff is first joined by Michalia & Taylor Lee Walls from the Disability Studies program at King’s University College to talk about social isolation during the pandemic. After, Jeff chats with Toronto-based comedian Desiree Walsh, who considers some of the unexpected benefits for wheelchair users of a socially distanced life. Listen now.