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)

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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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Ann Kurdyak – In Memoriam

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We are sad to report that Ann Kurdyak died on November 30th. She was an enthusiastic Academy member in the past when her health allowed and loved the architecture, art and film workshops. She took a lively interest in all manner of the arts, such as architecture, jewelry and fashion design. Ann trained as a…

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Dick Holyer – In Memoriam

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One of our recent members, Dick Holyer, died on Wednesday, September 21. Dick met his first wife, Nêst, now an Academy member, at the University of Guelph where he earned a PhD in Chemistry. He spent many years teaching at Northern Secondary School where he met his second wife, Marilyn. While at the Academy, Dick…

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Alexis Kane Speer and Anjuli Solanki – Enriching Communities with Public Art (Fall Forum #4 on Nov. 9, 2022 at 2:30 pm at Tartu)

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  The topic of the Fall Forum #4 is “Enriching Communities With Public Art” presented by Alexis Kane Speer and Anjuli Solanki. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed inequalities that exist in cities, particularly in public spaces. STEPS Public Art envisions a world where artists and communities co-create meaningful, welcoming and safe public spaces. STEPS will…

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In Memoriam – Heather Raff

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Heather Raff died on July 7th, many of us remember Heather as a truly lovely woman. Heather was a member of the Economist Readers workshop and had participated in several other workshops including the Web of Science.  Her background was in English Literature, she had earned degrees from McGill University.  She was a teacher and…

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

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

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

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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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