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May 20 Walk – Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Spit

May 20 Walk – Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Spit

I was pleased to help Mike lead  Monday’s Academy Walkers along the holiday-busy Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Spit Trails.  Seems the numbers were ever fluid with 16 of us at the starting gate…..then several taking the many optional trails ‘ less travelled’ and others foregoing the end-to-end marathon and enjoying their picnic short of…

Spring Talk – Where Are We Going With New Medical Technologies? Ethical questions

Spring Talk – Where Are We Going With New Medical Technologies? Ethical questions

  Outgoing Chair of the Talks Committee, Thea Herman started the session by thanking the members of the Talks and Communications Committees, the Treasurer and the staff of Innis College for their contributions towards making this year’s Spring Talks Series. Jill Humphries then introduced the guest speaker for the last spring talk of 2019 –…

Spring Talk May 8 – Are the Classics an Endangered Species? Tradition Versus Innovation in the Performing Arts

Spring Talk May 8 – Are the Classics an Endangered Species? Tradition Versus Innovation in the Performing Arts

Michael Crabb – author, journalist and Toronto Star dance critic – posed the overarching question of ‘are the classics an endangered species in the performing arts?’ to Academy members and guests at the fourth 2019 Academy Talk. Crabb introduced himself as opinionated and, sure enough, his speech provoked many questions and comments from the Academy…

Spring Talk #4 – If You Value Your Freedom, You Value Your Privacy

Spring Talk #4 – If You Value Your Freedom, You Value Your Privacy

At the Academy’s Spring Talk on May 1, Ann Cavoukian, PhD, one of the world’s leading, and most highly decorated, privacy experts, spoke passionately and persuasively about the importance of privacy in our lives. Cavoukian was introduced by the Academy’s Clare Mian as “one of the most impactful, smartest women in tech.” Cavoukian’s record is…

The Academy’s Facilitators Share Ideas and Lessons Learned

The Academy’s Facilitators Share Ideas and Lessons Learned

The annual Facilitators’ Forum was held at Hart House on April 15 with some 70 current and future facilitators in attendance. Organized by the Curriculum Committee, the Forum provides a formal opportunity to acknowledge the importance of facilitators in the Academy’s approach to peer learning. Throughout the year, facilitators contribute by coming up with original ideas…

Spring Talk #3 – Canadian Journalism and Democracy in the Era of “Fake News”

Spring Talk #3 – Canadian Journalism and Democracy in the Era of “Fake News”

The Spring Talk on April 24, 2019 featured Edward Greenspon, former Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail and now President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum (PPF), a policy issue think tank that partners with governments, the private sector, academia, unions and indigenous groups.  The Talk was presented in an interview format with Academy…

Recruiting New Members

Recruiting New Members

As you know the Academy has continually grown since our inception over 25 years ago. Each year about 11% of our members do not renew for one reason or another. Therefore we constantly seek to replenish our numbers. From our surveys, most people learned about the Academy directly from friends or associates. We encourage you…

Spring Talk #1 – The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism and Extremism in the Age of Social Media

Spring Talk #1 – The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism and Extremism in the Age of Social Media

Bernie Farber gave a very moving, very personal Spring Talk on April 10, 2019, ending with a call to action.A leading expert on hate crimes and long-time CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Farber began with personal stories illustrating why he has fought for social justice his whole life.

Spring Talk #2 – What the Future Looks Like: Preventing and Ending Homelessness in Canada

Spring Talk #2 – What the Future Looks Like: Preventing and Ending Homelessness in Canada

Dr Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University and also President of the Homeless Hub, was speaker at the Academy’s second popular Spring Talk  on April 17th. He was introduced to us by Liz Guccione. Dr Gaetz spoke passionately about the need for radical change in our thinking about homelessness…

Academy Quarterly Review Q1 2019

Academy Quarterly Review Q1 2019

Q1, 2019 Welcome to our March 2019 issue! Handing Over the Reins This will be my last issue as editor for the Academy Quarterly Review. It has been a real pleasure for me to collaborate with the other members of the Communications Committee and our contributing writers and photographers to launch our new format. We…