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Academy Debate – The 21st Century Belongs to China

There is nothing like a debate on a thought-provoking topic to get brains buzzing, ideas sprouting and an audience completely engaged. That was the scene at Knox for our last Fall Forum as we gathered for the Academy debate – Be it resolved that the 21st Century Belongs to China.

Sad Academy News

We are sad to communicate the passing of former Academy member Stephen Long. Stephen, who joined the Academy in 1998, served as Vice Chair (2001 – 2002) and Chair (2002 – 2003) of the Spring Talks Committee and was an active member of the Opinions workshop as recently as last year. Stephen’s late wife, Jean,…

A Sad Farewell

It is with sadness that we say a fond farewell to Alex Jupp, who recently passed away. Alex joined the Academy in 1996 with his wife Norah Smith, and was an enthusiastic and active member until 2011 when ill health made it difficult for him to continue. A true renaissance man, Alex’s background as a teacher,…

November 14th Forum – Rapid Transit in Toronto

submitted by Bridget Hough Our speaker, George Davies has been involved in transportation for many years, several as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Transportation in the 1990s. First he disabused us of the idea (held by many) that politicians have no business in the planning of transportation, by pointing out that without financing, political will and…

Important to Note if You Are A U of T alum

Academy Forum – Astronomy – A Fascinating Tour of the Universe

by Mary Doucette The Forum on October 31 treated us to a visual extravaganza of pictures from space, thanks to Tom Vassos, University of Toronto and Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Tom, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter, says he is inspired by Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and Carl Sagan, among others, and…

The Beauty of Nature

The annual migration of salmon is in full display along the shores of the Humber River. Here’s a photo of a high-flying salmon trying to make it over the third dam on the Humber River, upstream from the Old Mill.

Fall Forum #2 – Sing Me a Song of Canada

submitted by Janet Broadley Thea Herman opened our second fall forum meeting of 2018, ‘Sing Me a Song of Canada’, presented by Robin Elliott, Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Professor Elliott was introduced by Jill Humphries and thanked by Bob Accinelli. Unfortunately, the technological sources were incompatible…

A Typical Academy Double Bill – Our First Fall Forum of 2018

A Typical Academy Double Bill – First we learned from each other and then we socialized.

An overflow audience of new and continuing members crowded into Room 5 for the first Fall Forum of 2018 – the ever-popular Presenting our Presenters. President Sharon Harris welcomed everyone and urged us to be inspired, but not intimidated, by the excellent presentations we were about to experience.  Indeed, all three were outstanding, in very different ways.

With Sadness

Chris Clemence It is with sadness that we let you know about the passing of Academy member Chris Clemence. A member since 2003, Chris has, in recent years, been a faithful and lively member of the Economist Readers workshop. His absence is already keenly felt – especially by the ladies in the group, as Chris…