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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Charles Pachter: “How I Learned to Survive and Thrive as a Contemporary Canadian Artist” on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 (Spring Talk #1)

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One of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Charles Pachter is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, lecturer and author. An Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and of Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, he has been recognized with honorary doctorates from Brock University, OCADU, the University of Toronto and Lakehead University.

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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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Talia Bronstein, VP Research and Advocacy at the Daily Bread Food Bank: “Fighting to End Hunger – the Present Food Crisis” on Wed., February 28, 2024 at 1:15 pm (Winter 2024 Forum #4)

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An empathy challenge for us all—what must it be like to go hungry? Or to have to choose between feeding your family or paying your monthly rent? More than ever hungry people are coming to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Last year there were more than 2.5 million client visits to 150 food banks in Toronto. One in 10 people rely on the food banks.

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Moe Hosseini-Ara: Toronto Public Library’s Director of Branch Operations and Customer Experience – “How One of the Best Library Systems in North America Navigates Our Complex World” on Wed., January 31, 2024 at 1:15 pm (Winter 2024 Forum #2)

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Today’s libraries must meet the needs of newcomers and deal with funding cuts, technological change and demands for political correctness. Moe Hosseini-Ara will guide us through these complexities and update us on the recent cyber-attack that took aim at the system.

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