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RECAP March Speaker

Club members were spellbound as our March speaker, esteemed longtime editor and publisher turned memoirist and performer, Douglas Gibson, recounted stories of Canada’s greatest storytellers since Confederation. His speech was enhanced by a PowerPoint presentation complete with caricatures of the authors and music linked to the various eras.

With thanks to our club Archivist


Gun Control

In our recent club survey a number of members expressed interest in Gun Control as an issue that they wanted to learn more about. A new federal gun control bill is expected soon. Read more here.


Annual Book Sale – March 26


Our book sale will be at the March general meeting; the sale is from 7:00 – 7:30 pm and after the meeting.

If you have books to donate, please bring them at 6:45 pm.
We’d like recent (less than 5 or 6 years old), gently used books.
We accept fiction or non-fiction, hardcover or paperback.

We sell them at $5 each so they must be in good shape. Cash sales only.

Proceeds go to the UWCNY Scholarship Fund.

RECAP February Speaker

Our February speaker was Lindsay Michael, co-host and senior producer of CBC Radio One’s four-year-old “Podcast Playlist,” which curates the best of podcasting. Lindsay is a past recipient of two CFUW Charlottetown scholarships and has fifteen years’ experience in public broadcasting. She  took us through podcasting’s history dating back to the 1980s and also informed us that podcasting can be any length, is easy to make by anyone and needs no government regulation.

With thanks to our club Archivist.

CBC podcasts cover so many interesting topics. Have a listen here.


CineFAM – Women of Colour Creators

MARCH 2, 2018 –  With the rise of #MeToo and #TimesUp, women around the world are more powerful than ever.  This March, CaribbeanTales International Film Festival launches CineFAM 2018, our initiative recognising women of colour creators in film. Throughout this month, we will showcase female voices and talent.

#Femalefilmmakerfriday is not enough. Let’s make it female filmmaker EVERYDAY.
Join us this month as we celebrate the powerful creativity of women of color  and the core attributes that make us strong, capable and ready to take the throne.

Read more here

REDress Project – York University

The REDress Project uses red dresses to draw attention to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Canada. Using donated red dresses, Metis artist Jaime Black  has created an installation art project that serves as a visual reminder of the missing and murdered women, girls and two-spirited persons.

The REDress Project is part of a week of special events running from March 5 to 9. Find out more here.

International Women’s Day Lunch

Thursday March 8, 2018
University of Toronto Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street
11:30 for 12 Noon
Cash bar with lunch followed by speaker,
Jodie-Lynn Waddilove, an Indigenous lawyer with the Attorney General’s Office.
Tickets are $50 and will be available at the February General Meeting.

Recap January Speaker

For our Men’s Night our guest speaker was Arctic expert David Newland. He entertained us with an interesting and humorous talk, which included wonderful pictures of the Arctic. He, of course, mentioned the failed attempt of Sir John Franklin to find a Northwest Passage; this attempt perhaps would not have ended in disaster had Franklin followed the advice of the local people. The Inuit, Newland said, are good adapters having “gone from igloos to ipods in one generation.” More changes in the Arctic are coming; for example Newland estimates that by 2030 the North Pole will no longer be under ice.

With thanks to the club archivist.


Universal Pharmacare

“It is time to finish writing the final chapter in Medicare’s story.”

We need your help.

Right now, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health is writing their report to Parliament on Pharmacare. What they say will define the debate and shape how our Federal Government addresses Pharmacare.

Canada’s provincial and territorial health ministers announced in October that they have federal support to explore the feasibility of a national universal Pharmacare program for prescription drugs.

Please write to your elected officials at both the provincial and federal levels to tell them you support the implementation of a single national universal drug plan which would cover medically necessary prescription drugs for all Canadians, regardless of their ability to pay.

Research shows that it only takes 10 constituents contacting their elected official to cause them to act.

With both the federal and Ontario elections coming up, the time is right!

Need ideas for your letter? Find samples in Members Only under Advocacy, Pharmacare letter writing campaign.