Originally Posted by PetrosResearch
Not to worry. The sushi restaurant at Dufferin and Steeles is not the right location. It seems to me that Yorkdale Mall might work better as the most centrally located place, with even access via public transportation. But the question then remains, where can we meet? Is their a restaurant or pub with a semi-private room?
Schubart suggested that we meet at a school (U of T-York), and I have some contacts at Wycliffe College (near Museum exit). But I think we are still a small group at this point. We don't yet need a large conference room but could meet at a pub or restaurant.
It's been decades since I lived in Toronto, but another possibility might be to contact a local chapter of a Civil Liberties Union or the American Friends Services Committee or some other arm of the Quakers. I don't know if either of those organizations have meeting rooms available (the Quakers presumably do) and the latter were always very supportive of US draft-resisters coming to Toronto back in the 60s and 70s. And they're good people and very socially conscious and sympathetic to issues like ours, in my limited experience with them (two very good friends in Ottawa are Quakers and have done sterling and personally very risky work in South Asia, on the ground and in communities, over human rights and conflict resolution issues for several decades). I'm not a Quaker, but I have far more respect for and trust in Quakers than I do for members of almost any other religion I've ever encountered.
For a small group of no more than half a dozen people, another option might be some of the chain coffee shops (not Timmy's though, it's too cramped and croweded) if you can find one with some relatively secluded seating at a time when the place isn't crowded and you don't need to be too worried about being overheard by people you might not want overhearing you. Second Cup, Bridgehead, even Starbucks (gasp) might be options depending on the specific shop's seating layout and traffic patterns.