Hogg’s Hollow Walk (Yonge and York Mills area) – Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 11:00 am

One enters a peaceful oasis – immediately unaware of busy Yonge Street. There are 2 loops making a figure eight. One ends up along a branch of the Don River plus a glimpse of Rosedale Golf Course through a locked gate, alas. The second loop follows the valley under a steep cliff. There are beautiful houses and gardens along both loops…..and we end up at the Miller Tavern. Many of the original estate homes and beautiful residences of the early to mid-20th century are being demolished in favour of large new homes but there are still many lovely homes to see on our walk.

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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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