Michael Layton – Personal Reflections Reaching Net Zero Housing Standards on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #3)

Lessons learned by Mike Layton and his family on their journey to make their home fossil fuel free. Mike will share further information about the technologies used and incentives available to decarbonize. Mike Layton is a well-known Toronto politician. After three very impactful terms as a Toronto City Councillor, Mike chose not to seek re-election.…

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Cathy Crowe – Dying for a Home: The Chronic Crises of Homelessness and Housing in Canada on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #2)

Cathy Crowe is a long-time Street Nurse who works in the area of social justice nursing.  She prefers to be known as “Street Nurse” even after a full career as advocate, writer, film maker, Atkinson Fellow, recipient of the Order of Canada, and six honorary doctorate degrees.  Her experience in the issues of homelessness and housing policy has made her a well-known voice for the homeless and for social housing.

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Ksenija Klinger – In Memoriam

  Associate Academy member Ksenija Klinger passed away suddenly just after Christmas as the result of heart surgery. Born in Korcula, Croatia,  and a graduate architect from Zagreb  University, Ksenija came to Toronto in the mid 1960s with her husband and young daughter, and  began an illustrious career as an urban planner, working as both…

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Arne Bowers – In Memoriam

Arnold (Arne) Bowers died on January 14th in Hamilton. Those members of the Academy who were lucky enough to get a coveted spot in the Literature Into Film workshop that Arne facilitated for several years in the earlier days of the academy will remember his prodigious knowledge of the film world.  He was so gracious…

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Professor Ann Shteir – Women and Plants: A Fruitful Topic on Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #5)

Professor Ann Shteir, professor emerita, York University recently edited and published “Flora’s Fieldworkers: Women and Botany in 19th Century Canada” ( 2021) (McGill/Queens Press).  She and her team uncovered about ten neglected women who contributed to botany in Canada during this era. Some collected seeds; some developed gardens; some wrote guides to plants; some made quilts depicting Canadian and British plants. This book is the outgrowth of an earlier conference she organized to focus on women and botany in the 19th century.

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Linda Woodcock and Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin – Presenting Our Presenters on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #1)

Our first Winter Forum will be presentations by fellow Academy members that were chosen by their Facilitators as outstanding exemplars to share: Linda Woodcock on ‘The Sky’s the Limit – Dark sky events in Canada’ (Facilitators: Esme McMonagle and Doris Loo) From: Oh the Places You’ll Go! – Travel Ideas workshop. “The Sky’s the Limit”…

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