Spring Talk #6 – May 18 at 10:15am on Zoom

Marie Henien is the final speaker in our series. Recognized as one of the most influential criminal defence lawyers in Canada, in her new book, Nothing But the Truth, Marie Henein shares her belief that much of the public’s understanding of the justice system is based on popular culture, and social media, and decidedly not…

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New Walks Have Been Added!

We have added a few more Academy Walks (on Tuesdays, mostly starting at 11 am). The new walks are in July, August and September and include explorations of the Huron-Wendat Trail, the Toronto Waterfront …

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In Case You Missed It… Spring Talk #2 – Cities as Post-Covid Accelerators of Resilient, Inclusive Communities

Ken Greenberg, urban designer, active city-building advocate, author and teacher, is the former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto. He gave an information-packed presentation that was overflowing with thought-provoking ideas. But that is what you would expect from someone who is still helping to shape the policies, community living and…

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Spring Talk #5 – May 11th at 10:15 on Zoom

Our 5th talk is titled UNDRIP Implementation in Canada: Completing De-colonization presented by Peter H.  Russell. One of the foremost experts on Canada’s constitutional, aboriginal and judicial politics, Peter Russell has had a distinguished career as a political scientist and prolific author. Russell was chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission on…

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In Case You Missed It… Spring Talk #3 – Ideas about Policing in Toronto

Susan Schwartz introduced our guest speaker, John Sewell, who is a well-known Toronto activist. He was a member of Toronto City Council 1969 -1984 and Mayor of Toronto 1979-1980. John has strong opinions about policing. He began his talk by giving us some data about policing in general across Canada. He pointed out that Canadian…

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In Case You Missed It… Spring Talk #1 – The Yorkville Sound

Dr, Mike Daley is a musician, musicologist, writer and freelance lecturer based in Toronto. He is writing a history of live music in the Yorkville district of Toronto in the 1950s and 60s. Joseph Bloor founded Yorkville Village, an independent village from 1853-1888, which was then annexed to Toronto in 1889. The village boundaries were…

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Spring Talk #4 – May 4th at 10:15 on Zoom

The title of our 4th talk is Black Holes: A “Defense” of Pure Reason. Juna Kollmeier, the first female Director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, U. of T., helps us understand the universe through research on the emergence of structure in the universe. She combines cosmological hydrodynamic simulations and analytic theory to figure…

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SPRING TALK #3 – APRIL 27 AT 10:15AM ON ZOOM

John Sewell is a Toronto activist who will speak to us about “Policing in Toronto”. He was a member of Toronto City Council 1969 -1984, and Mayor of Toronto 1979-1980.  He continued his engagement in Toronto politics as a community activist, city councillor, journalist, writer, housing administer, and social entrepreneur. His most recent book is…

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In Memoriam – Fran Beer

We are sad to report that Fran Beer died on April 7th. Fran contributed to the Academy as a facilitator and a member of the board. She brought to the workshops that she facilitated, one on the Brontes and the other on Jane Austen, her expertise as a scholar of medieval literature, nineteenth century women…

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Explore Toronto on a Walk

We have many interesting walks starting on April 26th and continuing throughout the summer. Join us for a walk to our Toronto neighbourhoods: Rosedale…

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