One thousand dinners, limitless ideas

Torontonians to gather around dinner tables to discuss their vision for the city

Torontonians will gather around dinner tables on Tuesday in homes, restaurants and schools across the city to discuss Toronto’s future.

An event called 1000 Dinners TO invites Toronto residents from all areas of the city to share their ideas on how to make Toronto a better place to live.

The participants will discuss their ideas together over dinner at various locations in the city. One individual can host a dinner event at their home or at a restaurant, and can invite as many as 10 people to join.

According to the event website, anyone can participate in these dinner discussions. Hosts can register their dinner event on the website at no cost.

Already, the event has generated much excitement among Toronto residents. Hosts and participants have posted many tweets to the hash-tag #1000DinnersTO touting the event.

Sarah Jordan, a photographer, tweeted “Looking forward to ideas and solutions from #1000DinnersTO.”

Some schools will hold these dinner discussions as well. Centennial College will host one at their Story Arts Centre campus on Tuesday evening.

Centennial’s discussion will have a larger group in attendance. Donna Lindell, a Centennial Corporate Communications and Public Relations professor, will host, and says around 70 students will attend. She looks forward to hearing students ideas on a particular topic.

“I’m looking forward to getting students together from across different areas of study to discuss re-imagining public spaces,” Lindell said.

Each host will report back to the event’s organizers on the ideas discussed. Event organizers plan to analyze the ideas and share them with Torontonians.  They will also put some of the ideas before the Toronto mayoral candidates at a debate scheduled for Oct. 16.