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Update on Our Gardening Special Interest Group

The Gardening Special Interest group meets on the first Thursday of the month, May through August, from 2-4 pm. It appeals to gardeners of all stripes. At the moment we have 15 participants. Yesterday, May 6, we enjoyed a wonderful presentation on roses from Ross Linton. However, future sessions will not include formal presentations. Discussions will focus on…

Update on Our Mac Special Interest Group

The MAC, iPhone, iPad User Group has 23+ participants. Everyone is learning how to use the text replacement and screen print and how to feel comfortable on Zoom. We all seem to be having fun learning from one another. At the next meeting, we are trying a new idea: Beginners’ hour 3:30pm to 4:30pm; Advanced users in a…

ALLTO Spring Spring Talk #4, Communities Can Change

Why is there anti-Black racism? And what can be done about it? These questions formed the engaging focal points of Patrick Case’s Spring Talk. It was a timely topic and it attracted widespread interest. Patrick Case is the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Equity Officer in the Education Equity Secretariat of the Ontario Ministry of…

Academy Interest Group- Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness group is continuing to meet bi-monthly on Mondays @ 4pm. They now have 11 participants who are engaged in focusing on what active steps can they take to address the many of aspects of ‘wellness’. They also share links and expert information they have found on the topic. Interested? email ouracademy2021@gmail.com…

Spring Talk – Architecture, Surface and Sound

Robert Sims, the busy Principal at KPMB Architects directly involved with the design and construction of Koerner Hall, shared his unique insights in a fascinating talk that was truly enlightening without being too technical. He gave full credit to the genius of lead acoustician on the project, Bob Essert of Sound, Space, Vision, with whom he has collaborated on several notable occasions.

An opportunity to participate in a research project for lifelong learners

This is an opportunity for members of the Academy to participate in a research project about how older adults in lifelong learning have experienced the transition to remote learning during the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring Talk Report – Fighting for the Future: How Youth-led Climate Litigation Can Help Tackle the Climate Crisis

The second Spring Talk featured Fraser Thomson, a lawyer with Ecojustice Canada, who described how he and his fellow lawyers are using the legal process to fight for the environment. Two general crises face us, one being the climate crisis of global warming as exemplified by the image on an emaciated polar bear on a small ice floe. The second is the human crisis that follows as the elderly and marginalized communities are disproportionately impacted by heat waves, smoke from wildfires, spread of infectious diseases once found only in the tropics, forced migration, and increased extreme weather events.

Academy Spring Talk #1 – Exceptional America? Exceptional Trump?

The first Academy talk of the spring season was an excellent analysis of Trump from an unusual perspective and a few predictions of what we might expect in the future. The talk was given by Dr. Robert Bothwell, Gluskin Professor of Canadian History at the University of Toronto.

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Welcome to the Spring 2021 Academy Quarterly Review!

We are pleased to announce that the Spring 2021 issue of AQR is now available. Enjoy!