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'Fake News' and the Future of Democracy 

**Cancelled Due to Covid 19 effective March 13 until further notice**

A Community Conference Sponsored by CALL

Advances in technology have enabled citizens to become better informed than ever before; however, they have also made it increasingly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction: ‘Fake news’ is becoming a growth industry. This conference will explore the ‘fake news’ phenomenon with a view to assessing its possible impacts on democratic institutions, and to providing participants with tools to combat the tsunami of distortions coming their way. The program will feature:

A keynote address: Fact or Faux? On the Crisis of News and Democracy in a Tweet-As-You-Go Era by Dr. Maria Bakardjieva, Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary, a specialist in media and democracy

An expert panel

• Brooks DeCillia, national reporter for CBC, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Political Science, U. of C.

• Kim Groome, Information Specialist, Taylor Family Digital Library, U. of C.

• Gillian Steward, Calgary-based journalist, regular columnist for the Toronto Star, and journalism instructor, MRU

• Zain Velji, Partner & V.P., Strategy, Northweather; political strategist and commentator

Q & A

Facilitator-led break-out groups

Stay tuned for a detailed program.

Come join the conversation! Coffee and lunch are included. (Vegetarian options will be available.)

 When:Saturday, May 9
 Time:9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 Doors open 9:00 AM 
 Where:Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
 4612 Varsity Drive NW

Space is limited, so register soon!   

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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