Tales of Two Cities – Montreal and Toronto

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;   Tuesday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Online via Zoom **Workshop Waitlisted**

We are continuing the Tales of two Cities joint ALLTO-MCLL workshop with our Montreal colleagues. At each session of our bi-weekly Zoom workshop, Toronto and Montreal participants take turns in presenting vignettes of life in our two cities. Last year, we looked at happenings and people in both cities from the time of the Ice Ages until Prohibition. This year we shall investigate the events, developments and personalities of both cities (in parallel) from 1867 until the present… and perhaps beyond….

For your presentation, things that you might consider exploring include any of the following: Neighbourhoods, the Economy, Tourism, International Relations, Biculturalism and Bilingualism, Sports, Culture, Art/Music, Sciences, Education, Rural vs Urban development, Architecture, Politics (if you dare), Social Issues, Homelessness – Street People, Attitudes to the two World Wars, Future Prognostications.

We are looking forward to exchanging ideas, thoughts, attitudes with our Lifelong Learning colleagues in la Belle Province.


Andris Rubenis (andrisrubenis1@gmail.com) was born in a post-WWII refugee camp in Germany of Latvian parents and came to Toronto at the age of 2. He was a family physician, eventually concentrating in long-term care medicine. Other interests include grandchildren, music/guitar/singing, anthropology, astronomy, archaeology, paleo-anything, history, Latvian heritage, travel, and lifelong learning (just for the sake of it).

Richard Ruel, P.Eng., M.B.A. (rruelinca@aol.com) A senior executive in a Canadian multinational, Richard was responsible for enterprise performance and transformation. As a consultant, he was an advisor on business practices and strategic planning in Canada and Africa. In retirement, he advocates for government policies to improve the overall well-being of seniors.

To request to be added to a waiting list, email registerattheacademy@gmail.com.