Grounds for Thought: A Safe Space for Dissent

Coffee houses have historically served as meeting places for the exchange of fresh and often provocative ideas. Green Beanery continues this centuries-old tradition by hosting a series of thought-provoking discussions at our popular café-roastery. In this age of intolerance toward dissent, where unconventional views are often shouted down if not banished entirely, we aim to become a sanctuary for those who seek the information needed to make informed decisions on important issues of the day. 

Grounds for Thought discussions are free to the public and take place on the last Tuesday of each month, and often on additional Tuesdays, too. During the discussion, please enjoy a complimentary cup of our Coffee of the Week, a fine selection from our 100+ varieties of coffee.

Prior to each event, enjoy spirited conversation with friends from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: $5 for either wine or beer during our Policy Wonk Hours.

Below you'll find a list of upcoming events. If you have a suggestion for a subject you'd like covered, that lends itself to civil discourse and an informed citizenry, please contact us at




Mass Surveillance, Edward Snowden and the Erosion of Privacy and Freedom
Tuesday, November 1 @ 8 pm 

Needless intrusions into our personal lives threaten our liberties, explains Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director at Ryerson's Privacy and Big Data Institute and formerly Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner. Hosted by David Cayley (CBC Ideas).


Why proportional representation would make Canadian elections fairer
Tuesday, November 29 @ 8 pm

Andrew Coyne, National Post columnist and CBC "At Issue" Panelist, lays out the case for proportional representation. Hosted by David Cayley (CBC Ideas).



The Lesser Evil ~ October 25, debate do-over between Clifford Orwin, Globe and Mail columnist and U of T Professor of Political Science, and Lawrence Solomon, National Post columnist. Hosted by David Cayley (CBC Ideas).

Trudeau's Human Rights Compromise ~ October 11, presented by Patricia Adams, executive director of Probe International. Hosted by David Cayley (CBC Ideas).

The Honest Ed's Redevelopment: ​The Back Story ~ September 27, presented by Max Allen, producer (CBC Radio’s IDEAS), curator (Textile Museum of Canada), and VP for planning and development of the Grange Community Association. Hosted by David Cayley (CBC Ideas).

Windy Lies ~ September 13, presented by Sherri Lange, CEO of NA-PAW, North American Platform Against Wind Power. Founding Director, Toronto Wind Action. Executive Director, Canada, Great Lakes. Hosted by Max Allen (of CBC Ideas).

Rediscovering Ivan Illich ~ August 30, presented by David Cayley, producer at CBC Ideas, and hosted by Max Allen (of CBC Ideas).

The Real Jane Jacobs ~ July 26, presented by Max Allen (of CBC Ideas) and Lawrence Solomon (co-founder of Energy Probe Research Foundation with Jane Jacobs).

Why are Ontario's Hydro bills soaring? ~ June 28, presented by Brady Yauch of Consumer Policy Institute.

Future Discussions

  • Is Canada emboldening China's flouting of human rights 
  • Merits of a new TTC subway line
Press censorship in Toronto
Divesting from oil at U of T
Plus global warming, vaccines, a new electoral system, and other hot topics of the day


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