Cathy Crowe – Dying for a Home: The Chronic Crises of Homelessness and Housing in Canada on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #2)

Cathy Crowe is a long-time Street Nurse who works in the area of social justice nursing.  She prefers to be known as “Street Nurse” even after a full career as advocate, writer, film maker, Atkinson Fellow, recipient of the Order of Canada, and six honorary doctorate degrees.  Her experience in the issues of homelessness and housing policy has made her a well-known voice for the homeless and for social housing.

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Professor Ann Shteir – Women and Plants: A Fruitful Topic on Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #5)

Professor Ann Shteir, professor emerita, York University recently edited and published “Flora’s Fieldworkers: Women and Botany in 19th Century Canada” ( 2021) (McGill/Queens Press).  She and her team uncovered about ten neglected women who contributed to botany in Canada during this era. Some collected seeds; some developed gardens; some wrote guides to plants; some made quilts depicting Canadian and British plants. This book is the outgrowth of an earlier conference she organized to focus on women and botany in the 19th century.

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Linda Woodcock and Sharyn Salsberg Ezrin – Presenting Our Presenters on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #1)

Our first Winter Forum will be presentations by fellow Academy members that were chosen by their Facilitators as outstanding exemplars to share: Linda Woodcock on ‘The Sky’s the Limit – Dark sky events in Canada’ (Facilitators: Esme McMonagle and Doris Loo) From: Oh the Places You’ll Go! – Travel Ideas workshop. “The Sky’s the Limit”…

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The Academy Debate Summary – Fall Forum #3 Summary – Oct. 26th 2022

“Be It Resolved that Canada is essentially a Centrist country,” centrist defined as “Adherence to moderate political views; careful avoidance of any political position that could be construed as too far right or left.” Frank Richmond and Vivienne Monty argued in support, Patricia Cross and Sue Kralik opposed, and Linda Tu moderated. At the beginning of the debate, 27 were in favour, 4 opposed, and 5 undecided.

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Allan Gardens and Cabbagetown Holiday Walk Summary – December 5, 2022

On December 5, 2022, our group meandered through Toronto’s Garden District (College/Gerrard Eastbound area) and Cabbagetown. We stopped first at College Park parklands where we had a view of lone skaters taking advantage of the newly installed circular skating rink. We headed south past the recently opened downtown IKEA, then through the Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and then walked on to Allan Gardens and Cabbagetown.

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Enriching Communities With Public Art – Alexis Kane Speer and Anjuli Solanki (Fall Forum #4 Summary)

Enriching Communities With Public Art – Alexis Kane Speer and Anjuli Solanki – This forum featured the work of STEPS Public Art. This organization works to engage and empower artists and communities in transforming public spaces into vibrant places. Alexis KaneSpeer, the Founding and Executive Director, and Anjuli Solanki, the Director of Community Programming, gave an engaging, informative and very visual presentation.

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