Category Archives: Speakers

Recap February Speaker

February 24, 2020 7:30 pm.

The Ward

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Our February speaker was John Lorinc, who has co-edited two books on The Ward, Toronto’s first suburb. Within a few decades of its beginning The Ward was a highly dense neighbourhood populated by a variety of immigrants from different countries. This area was known for derelict shanties and bad plumbing, but there were local churches, stores, and theatres too. The Ward is also known for being home to Canada’s first large, supervised playground.


with thanks to club member SG

SOLD OUT! International Women’s Day Lunch

The University Women’s Clubs of Ontario Central
invite you to a luncheon
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020


head shot of womanJanice 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

Recap January Speaker

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Our January speaker was Dr. Najma Ahmed, a busy trauma surgeon as well as an active member of Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG). She was one of the doctors who treated the injured from the Danforth shootings in 2018.

Dr Ahmed believes a doctor’s role should include being an advocate for a healthier community, and she praised our club’s Gender-based Violence committee. The CDPG (which Dr Ahmed helped found) has had strong opposition from the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights.

The audience learned there are more suicides by guns than homicides and that women are predominately killed by guns. Sadly Canada has one of the world’s highest suicide and murder rates by guns.

with thanks to club member S.G.

Recap November Speaker

November 25, 2019

Journalism Today


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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:

  • Stop sharing dubious Facebook stories.
  • Support journalist that you trust.


with thanks to member J W-R

Recap October Speaker

October 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

EDUCATION NIGHT Global Water Crisis

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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.

Recap September Speaker

September 23 2019

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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.

with thanks to a club member.

Our new lineup of Speakers

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We’ve got an interesting mix of speakers for the club’s 2019-2020 season. We start our Speakers Program with September’s Sylvia Bashevkin. Read more about her and the other speakers here.

NOTE: we have a new start date only for this year; it is September 23 at 7 pm. 

Recap May speaker

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.

with thanks to the club archivist