Charles Pachter: “How I Learned to Survive and Thrive as a Contemporary Canadian Artist” (Spring 2024 Talk #1 Summary)

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Charles said he hates the words “awesome” and “iconic.” I won’t use awesome but he is a Canadian icon, an “enfant terrible” when younger and Canada’s Andy Warhol with his “iconic” moose art. See “Monarch of the North” above. Charles painted a picture of Queen Elizabeth on mooseback that became famous and controversial overnight (Queen on Moose 1972) and he has been painting moose ever since. In the picture above, that’s Charles as a 4-year-old touching the nose of a moose at the CNE in 1947. As Canada’s moose artist, he did weigh in on Toronto’s Moose in the City project of 2000. “It looked like a horse.” He didn’t like it.

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Omar Akieleh, Policy Specialist at the Daily Bread Food Bank: “Fighting to End Hunger – the Present Food Crisis” (Winter 2024 Forum #4 Summary)

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For our final forum of the season Omar Akieleh was introduced to us by Margaret Progovski. She told us that Omar has spent eight years as a policy specialist for the Daily Bread Food Bank. He is the coauthor of the Who’s Hungry report, which has been in publication for over two decades. The report is a call to action from a city in crisis.

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