The School of Community and Public Affairs (SCPA) at Concordia University in Montreal prides itself in a bilingual and interdisciplinary program in policy studies. It has become an important location for debate on critical public policy matters. SCPA students are annually required to host panel discussions regarding time pertinent matters. This year we are holding a panel discussion entitled “The Decriminalization of Prostitution in Canada—Now What?” This panel discussion takes place at a most timely occasion since sex-worker laws have recently been sent for re-evaluation. This panel discussion will take place on March 11th, 2014. This project addresses the sustainability of a healthy and educated society. The debate surrounding prostitution is a complicated one given the taboos and strong emotions it inspires. prostitution is one of the oldest professions and those involved within it face an enormous amount of risks if they are not protected. Popular education surrounding this issue is so crucial for the progression of our Canadian society. And what better place to talk about it within the University context.

The goal of this panel discussion is to inform students and facilitate the discussion on the decriminalization of prostitution and the new laws that will materialize as a result of this societal discussion. We hope to engage and enlighten as many people as possible over this highly controversial issue and provide an unbiased perception of the situation through a well-organized debate.

Years funded: 2013-14

Amount allocated: $2,500.00

Project leader: Caroline Bourbonnière

E-mail: N/A

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