In November an enthusiastic crowd of members and guests attended a discussion by Steve Paikin. Topic: the current business models of journalism today. He discussed the massive destructive changes that are happening in media.Legacy media (the old models of publishing and broadcasting) are currently in a precarious position due to other outlets promoting fake news.
To stop the spread of fake news he suggested the following:
The University Women’s Clubs of Ontario Central invite you to a luncheon Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JANICE STEIN
Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and was the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto (serving from 1998 to the end of 2014). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Her most recent publications include Networks of Knowledge: Innovation in International Learning (2000); The Cult of Efficiency (2001); and Street Protests and Fantasy Parks (2001). She is a contributor to Canada by Picasso (2006) and the co-author of The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (2007). She was the Massey lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, McMaster University, and Hebrew University.
Tuesday March 10, 2020 11:30 am. – 3 pm. University of Toronto Faculty Club 41 Willcocks, Toronto, Ontario
Tickets: $50.00 each Cheques payable to “CFUW Special Event” Choose chicken, salmon, vegetarian or GF entree Helen-Sue Gorman will have tickets for sale at the January meeting
Dr. Verma is an instructor at the School of the Environment and Department of Geography at the University of Toronto.
She expanded our knowledge of water, which is the engine of our planet. The health, political, and economic ramifications of our vanishing water supply are enormous. She went on to detail the repercussions on human life of having less water.
Dr. Bashevkin, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, gave us an eye-opening look at some of the research she has been conducting surrounding women in top political roles at the provincial level.
Dr. Bashevkin shared some of the difficulties faced by our female leaders including inheriting a political party that had been rocked by scandal, criticism by insiders in their own party ranks, and threats from members of the public against their own personal safety.
The speaker at our annual dinner, Jim Hayhurst, kept the audience spellbound with his story of how he climbed Mount Everest in 1988, although he had never before mountaineered. At 47 Jim was the oldest member of his team, which included his son.
His harrowing climb up the mountain included a near miss with an avalanche, his son in danger of going over a cliff, and Jim’s suffering from the ill effects of high altitude. Because of the latter he had to stop short of Everest’s peak. Nonetheless he had proved he could do “the extreme.”
The life lessons he learned led him to found a disadvantaged youth-help organization – Trails Youth Initiatives–which has improved the lives of hundreds. He also wrote a book, The Right Mountain, about his experience.
Our April speaker was Metis artist Diane Montreuil, who is a many talented woman. As well as painting, she also does leather, drums and spiritual dolls; in addition to that, she is a French Indigenous Docent at the ROM museum and runs a home improvement company.
It wasn’t until she was an adult that she learned about Metis heritage and traditions. She explained the importance of grandmothers in her culture and the value of having “gratitude for the gift of life.” That gratitude is why she uses vivid colours in her paintings, which are exhibited in 225 locations across Canada and the U.S.
According to Dr. Janet Rossant some day the human body will be able to fix and even prevent disease thanks to the wonders of stem cell and gene/DNA regenerative therapies. The ultimate goal, she explained, is to correct disease “by removing diseased cells, editing them into healthy ones, then re-inserting them.” This was the exciting message our February speaker gave us.