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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Elizabeth Hay: “Don’t Touch That Dial. Reasons to Love Radio” on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 (Spring Talk #4)

Elizabeth Hay is the Giller Prize-winning author of six novels, including ‘Late Nights on Air’ and ‘Snow Road Station’. Her memoir about her parents, ‘All Things Consoled’, won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. A former broadcaster for CBC Radio, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City, and makes her home in Ottawa.

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Jay Cox, Piera Savage and Kyle Elliott in Panel Discussion: “The Justice System and Reality” On Wednesday, May 8, 2024 (Spring Talk #5)

Toronto activist and community developer Andrew ‘Jay’ Cox is co-founder and COO of myRESET which aims to reintegrate people with a criminal record back into the workforce.

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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The Honourable Kathleen Wynne: “How Federalism Can Work Better in Canada” (Spring 2024 Talk #3 Summary)

Margaret Prugovecki introduced Kathleen Wynne. Wynne was born in Richmond Hill, one of four daughters. She attended Queen’s University, OISE and UofT. Wynne had a 22-year political career, as trustee on the Toronto School Board, as MPP in the Ontario Legislature, as Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and as Premier of Ontario from 2013-2018. She continued as MPP for Don Valley West until 2022. Since 2021, she has been a professor at the University of Toronto where she mentors future politicians and change-makers.

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