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The Maple Leaf Forever – a Walk and a Memory Jog

For the July 24th Academy walkers it was ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ remembered. Led by our dedicated walks-coordinator and leader, Ken Snelson, the group started out in the historic Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, which are named after the famed composer Alexander Muir, who penned the patriotic song ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ in 1867. The maple leaf appears throughout the gardens in various decorative and natural forms. Since none of the group could recite the words to this patriotic tune, an enroute iPhone YouTube recording refreshed our collective memories. Our path continued …..

A Ramble on the Humber Trails

Sheltering from the heat and admiring indigenous artwork Under the guidance of leader Jennifer Worth, the Academy walkers headed south from the Old Mill along the Discovery Walk on the Shared Path of the beautiful Humber trails, admiring, en route, the indigenous artwork painted on various bridge support columns. At the end of the route,…

Hot Enough For You??

Well, for the 10 intrepid Academy walkers who gathered one steamy Tuesday morning at St. Clair West Station, it certainly was hot enough…. but it got even hotter as they wandered the trails of the beautiful historic Wychwood Park Community, past Casa Loma with a peek into Spadina Gardens, then down the many steps into the shade of the Nordheimer Ravine, and ending our near-two-hour steamy journey in the air-conditioned spaces of Boccone Deli on Yonge Street for a delicious lunch.

report from the trails by Renje Laukat

An Adventure ‘Across the Water’

Thanks to Mike Foss for leading us onto sandy beaches and shady trails on the beautiful Toronto Islands on July 10th.  There were 15 of the ‘long’ walkers disembarking the Toronto Island ferry at Hanlan’s Island, with most joining the ‘short’ walkers  a couple of hours later for lunch in the shade of the Island…

A Fond Farewell

It is with sadness that we say a fond farewell to former Academy member Lyla Barclay, who passed away recently of Parkinsons Disease. Lyla and her husband, Tony, joined the Academy together in 1995, and were active members for 20 years. Lyla’s involvement in the Academy was varied – running the gamut from President to…

Academy Quarterly Review Q2 2018 – full version

Q2, 2018 Welcome to the new Academy Quarterly Review Welcome to issue two of the Academy Quarterly Review – fondly referred to as AQR! Our website brings you Academy information and news on a regular basis. Information on Walks, Forums, Talks, Member Spotlights, accomplishments and opportunities can now be seen “as they happen,” as it…

With Sadness

It is with sadness that we communicate the passing of Liz Feltes – a valued member of the Academy family since 2005. Current members fondly recall the lively and engaging workshops that Liz led on topics like History of the English Language and Memoirs. Like Liz, the workshops were always intelligent and thoughtful. In addition…

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:

What Lies Ahead For University Education? Spring Talk #3 2018

Thoughts from Gillian Long

Dr. Michael Benarroch, Provost and Vice President, Academic at Ryerson University since July 2017, delivered the Third Spring Talk on Wednesday April 25th 2018. His topic was Being Bold and Pushing Boundaries: Thoughts on the Future of University Education. He is the bold child of immigrants from Tangiers (to chilly Winnipeg!) and was the first member of his family to push boundaries by graduating from university. A large, engaged audience listened closely to his thoughts on the future of university education and later asked many pertinent questions.

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