Andrew Kirsch: “Discussion with a Spy: What CSIS is, What it does, and Why It’s Important to Know More About It” (Spring Talk #4 Summary)

How does spying happen in Canada, and should we be worried about it? Andrew Kirsch’s Spring Talk was an interesting presentation of what has become a currently topical issue in Canada. He is a former Canadian intelligence officer, now working as a consultant in cybersecurity with Kirsch Consulting Group. His intention in the talk was to illuminate what our Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) does, the threats and challenges to come, and how we can better protect ourselves and our country.

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Dr. Jean Marmoreo – “MAiD: Where We Have Come, Where We Are Going” (Spring Talk #3 Summary)

A well-attended Academy Spring Talk at Innes College featured Dr. Jean Marmoreo, a Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) assessor and provider since the enactment of Bill C-14 in 2016. Dr. Jean has been a family doctor for over 46 years, with an eclectic resume ranging from academic and author to trekker and marathon runner. She offered a comprehensive and thought-provoking examination of “the journey so far and the road ahead” in MAiD in Canada. Her presentation used beautiful visuals of vast and remote regions of Canada as a metaphor for the journey that the medical community and MAiD patients have followed in the last several years.

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The Persian Empire

Bi-weekly;  Week One; Friday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
In-person **NEW**

This workshop offers every member the exciting opportunity to actively participate in exploring the history and culture of the Persians. Far from being the barbarians of the Greek imagination, the Persian Empire was sophisticated, powerful, economically strong, and intellectually gifted. We will examine the rise and spread of this Empire from its modest beginnings to the time it dominated as history’s first great superpower, ruling the largest of all ancient world empires. We will meet the Great Kings of Persia, the queens, the tax-collectors, the soldiers, the eunuchs and the concubines; discuss their religious ideas, their politics, where they lived, and why they are so absent in Western histories.

Every participant will be expected to participate in discussions and provide a presentation on topics chosen from ‘THE PERSIANS’ by L. L. Jones, (Basic Books 2022) using whatever accompanying research they have discovered.

The main idea of this workshop is that we will all have fun learning from each other about a brilliant, complex and influential civilization. Come join us!

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The Honourable David Crombie – “Why the Upcoming Mayoral Race Matters” (Spring Talk # 2 Summary)

Throughout his excellent talk David stressed the importance of the up-coming byelection for Mayor of Toronto. He said that people know about the services that the city provides but that we tend to take them for granted. They include such necessary services as Education, Public Health, Libraries, Child Care, Garbage Collection, Safe Water, The TTC, Emergency Services, Long term Care and Entertainment.

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10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Experience the Benefits of Lifelong Learning! When we reach “retirement age”, we have also gained a lot of wisdom to share with others. If we can all integrate lifelong learning into our lives, we will reap many benefits. The following are ten specific benefits that lifelong learning brings to our lives.

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Dr. Jean Marmoreo: MAiD: Where We Have Come, Where We are Going? Wednesday, April 26, at 10:15 a.m. (Spring Talk #3) at Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue.

Jean Marmoreo has been a family doctor for over 46 years and a MAiD assessor provider since the enactment of Bill C-14 in 2016.
She is co-author of “The Last Doctor: Lessons in Living from the Front Lines of Medical Assistance in Dying”, a book that tells the end-of-life journey of seven patients and the perspective she gained from assisting them.Coffee at 9:30 a.m. – Speaker at 10:15 a.m.

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The Honourable David Crombie – “Why the Upcoming Mayoral Race Matters.” 0n Wednesday, April 19 at 10:15 a.m. (Spring Talk # 2) at Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue.

The Honourable David Crombie After serving as one of Toronto’s most popular mayors from 1972-78, Crombie moved to federal politics and served as a cabinet minister in a number of important portfolios. On his return to municipal affairs he continues to make a number of significant contributions: as Chair of the Royal Commission on the Future of…

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John Fraser: Integrity in the Fourth Estate: Ensuring Media Remains Ethical and Honest in a Digital Age, on Wednesday, April 12 at 10:15 a.m. (Spring Talk #1) at Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue.

John Fraser is a renowned Toronto journalist, editor, author and scholar. His adventurous career has taken him from being the Globe and Mail’s “eyes on the ground” in China in the late seventies, to facilitating ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov’s defection to the West, to being the beloved Master of Toronto’s Massey College . It is…

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