Walmer Road Walk (top to bottom including the missing bits) – Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 11:00 am

Walmer Road has some idiosyncrasies. It goes north to south from just above St. Clair down to Bloor. But it’s not continuous or even direct. It’s interrupted by a ravine (Nordheimer), by Casa Loma, and by the railroad; it also has to wiggle sideways at times. So come and explore this interesting road, and we’ll throw in a little bit of Forest Hill Village to add to the fun.

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Jay Cox, Piera Savage and Kyle Elliott in Panel Discussion: “The Justice System and Reality” (Spring 2024 Talk #5 Summary)

The final spring talk was a panel discussion with two Black lawyers and a community activist expertly moderated by Peter Drumm. The panel discussion was followed by responses to audience questions. It was a rare opportunity for us in the Academy bubble to hear directly about anti-Black racism in Toronto. The audience listened intently and had plenty of questions in the last 35 minutes.

Piera Savage, a staff lawyer at Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), works towards racial equity by advocating for BLAC’s clients and breaking down systemic barriers to equality.

Lawyer Kyle Elliott leads diversity and inclusion outreach initiatives at Blake, Cassels & Graydon and is president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

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Omar Akieleh, Policy Specialist at the Daily Bread Food Bank: “Fighting to End Hunger – the Present Food Crisis” (Winter 2024 Forum #4 Summary)

For our final forum of the season Omar Akieleh was introduced to us by Margaret Progovski. She told us that Omar has spent eight years as a policy specialist for the Daily Bread Food Bank. He is the coauthor of the Who’s Hungry report, which has been in publication for over two decades. The report is a call to action from a city in crisis.

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Elizabeth Hay: “Don’t Touch That Dial. Reasons to Love Radio” (Spring 2024 Talk #4 Summary)

Elizabeth was born in Owen Sound, as a teenager spent a year in England, then returned to Canada to go to UofT. In 1974 she moved to Yellowknife NWT. For the next 10 years she worked as a CBC radio broadcaster in Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Toronto and Mexico, then New York in 1986. She returned to Canada in 1992 and now lives in Ottawa. Since age 15 she has written 15 books and received a number of awards, including the Giller prize for “Late Nights on Air.” “Snow Road Station,” her most recent novel, was named one of the best books of 2023 by The New Yorker. 

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Rosedale Walk – Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 11:00 am

This is a circular walk. We will walk the winding streets to Chorley Park and back to Rosedale Station.  Rosedale was initially named by Mary Botsford Jarvis referring to the varieties and abundance of Roses grown in the area in the 1820’s.

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