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Introducing our 2018/2019 Board

At our AGM on June 5th, the members of our Board for 2018/19 were confirmed. This group of dedicated volunteers will provide the guidance and leadership for the Academy for the coming year.

Click here to see the full list of Board and Committee members for the forthcoming Academy year:

A Tuesday Morning Well-Spent – Academy Walk June 13

submitted by Rene Laukat –

Last week’s sunny Tuesday had Ken Snelson leading 14 ‘long’ walkers through Liberty Village, Toronto Island Airport and along Queen’s Quay, where they hooked up with Sandra Clarke’s ‘short’ walkers ( pictured here) and many of them took to the Amsterdam BrewHouse for a refreshing lunch. Thank you Ken and Sandra for these delightful outings!

New Life Members Announced At AGM

Two of the Academy’s long-term volunteers were honoured at the AGM on June 5th. Margaret Robertson and Josie Szczasiuk have joined the incomparable Jean Iverson in the élite roster of Life Members. Both Margaret and Josie have been actively involved in Academy life for more than twenty years – Margaret was president in 1998-9 and…

Greek Tragedy or Comedy – an exciting walk

A report from Ken Snelson

The short walk on Monday started as a bit of a tragedy but with more of a happy ending.

At Martin Jones suggestion we planned short and long walks to take in the amazing architectural relics of Toronto’s past at the Guild Inn.

Martin led the long walk including the path along the lake below

Canada and Our Southern Neighbour: Could Trump Happen Here? – Michael Adams, President, The Environics Institute for Survey Research

Since that surprising night in November 2016 when Donald Trump became president, there has been much discussion, debate, and water cooler talk about a myriad of topics that elicit strong emotions and opinions. What made the address from Michael Adams particularly meaningful, however, was the fact that it was based on statistics rather than on opinion, and it allowed the audience to be somewhat comforted by the fact that there was some substance behind our adamant thinking that we were not exactly like our neighbours when it comes to opinions, attitudes and values – especially when it comes to xenophobia. …..

Wild Toronto – Walk #2 – Ravine Walk to the Brickworks

Intrepid explorers setting out

A Fond Farewell

It is with sadness that we communicate the passing of Academy member Margaret Quin. An enthusiastic, delightful member of the New Yorker Readers workshop for many years, Margaret passed away on April 12. Click here to see Margaret’s obituary.  

Changing the World One Song at a Time!

Common Thread Community Chorus Annual Spring Concert Saturday, May 26 7:30 p.m. 525 Bloor St. E Toronto The Common Thread Community Chorus is a folk-roots chorus that promotes social justice and community through performance of joyful, empowering, culturally diverse music from a myriad of world traditions. Click here to buy tickets  – $20; $10 for…

For the Curious Mind

PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE – offered at the Toronto Public Library, Centennial Branch, beginning June 17. Check the Toronto Public Library website for more details

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