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Recap – May Speaker and Annual Dinner

Grace Morgan Annual Dinner

Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club   141 Wilson Ave (at Avenue Rd.)
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018   Time: 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Peter Kaellgren  Curator Emeritus at the Royal Ontario Museum
TOPIC:   Ontario’s Native Orchids 

 

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Dr. Peter Kaellgren

Our May speaker was Dr. Peter Kaellgren, who has become an expert on orchids since his retirement from the Royal Ontario Museum in 2009. His travels in search of orchids have taken him all over Ontario, where most of Canada’s 77 native orchids are located.

Peter illustrated his talk with a slide show and explained how some of them came by their names. There are laws against poaching orchids, and he warned us that there is a fine up to a $25,000 and possible jail time for breaking that law.

With thanks to the club Archivist.

Peter Kaellgren served as a curator in the European Department at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, from 1972 until the end of 2009.   He worked on ceramics, glass, furniture, design graphics, metalwork, and particularly silver.   Dr. Kaellgren received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1987.  He has lectured widely and taught courses on the history of European ceramics and glass for the University of Toronto.   His articles have appeared in scholarly journals and popular publications.   He is a member of the American Ceramic Circle, the Glass Circle, the National American Glass Club, the Silver Society (England) and a founding member of the Silver Society of Canada.   Upon his retirement in 2009, he was granted Curator Emeritus by the Royal Ontario Museum.

Read more here. https://www.rom.on.ca/en/collections-research/rom-staff/peter-kaellgren and https://soos.ca/wordpress/

 

April Speaker RECAP

Our April speaker, Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis, grew up in the Nipissing First Nation hearing little about her family history. When Jenny was a teenager, her grandmother told her how she was forced to go live in a residential school, where she was treated cruelly. Her grandmother’s experience was the basis of Jenny’s children’s book I am not a Number, a 2018 Silver Birch Express Award Nominee. Discovering that “People were unfamiliar with residential schools,” Jenny decided it was time to break the silence, “speak up, share the truth about my community and counter stereotypes, racism and misinformation.” Her book is the result.

To find out more about her book click here.

With thanks to our club archivist.

Grace Morgan Annual Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place: Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, 141 Wilson Ave (at Avenue Rd.)

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Speaker: To be announced

Buy your tickets ($60 each) at the April General Meeting or by mail. Check the March or April newsletter for further instructions. Deadline for ordering tickets is May 15, 2018.

Grace Morgan Annual Dinner

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:30 p.m.
  • Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
  • Speaker: To be announced
  • Buy tickets ($60 each) at the April General Meeting or by mail; see March newsletter for details. Deadline for ordering tickets is May 15, 2018.

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Recap November Speaker

Recap

A popular return speaker, Dr. Adam Chapnick, professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College, gave a vigorous endorsement of immigration to Canada and what he sees as a positive impact on multiculturalism.

The crux of his talk was that “Unlike some other countries immigration is not a choice but an economic necessity” because of demographic trends. He was upbeat about Canada’s integration of immigrants since Canada has a long history of recognition of individual rights.

The chief future challenge is “diaspora politics,” he cautioned. “Immigrants… must accept that Canada’s national interest is paramount.”

With thanks to our club Archivist

Recap October Speaker

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Recap

“If you want to do something for the world, early education is important,” said our October speaker. She made her case by pointing out that “Without a good start it’s hard to make up the deficits.” In her view pre-school education should start at age two. She cited a Conference Board of Canada study, released recently, that found there is a return on investment of six dollars for every dollar spent on early education.

After her talk, Margaret generously contributed her honorarium to UWCNY’s scholarship fund, which was much appreciated.

With thanks to our Club Archivist