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Our Spring Speaker Series starts April 3, 2023!  You will be contacted with registration details if you are a paid up member of TALYR.

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Upcoming events

    • April 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 15, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meetings

    Spring 2023 Speaker Event Series 

    All Spring 2023 speaker events will be conducted virtually using Zoom software

       April 3  

    David Miller  

    While Nations Talk, Cities Act

       April 17

    Dr. Sylvia Solomon 

    The Trial of Leo Frank: Precursor to Peril?

      April 24

    Ambassador Bob Rae

    Policymaking in Times of Crisis

       May 1

    Rev. Michael Stainton 

    150 Years of Canada Taiwan Relations and no Embassy Yet - Does it Matter?  

       May 8  

    Medécins Sans Frontières Speaker 

    A Day in the Life of MSF on the Front Lines
       May 15 Dr. Cynthia Wesley- Esquimaux  

    Living the Medicine Wheel Teachings 





    • April 03, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

        David Miller 

    David Miller is the Managing Director of the C40 Centre for City Climate Policy and Economy. 

    Mr. Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies.  

    Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University and is currently Executive in Residence at the University of Victoria. He is the author of "Solved, how the great cities of the world are fixing the climate crisis" (University of Toronto Press).

    David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally is a lawyer. 

    While Nations Talk, Cities Act

    David Miller will speak from his experience with C40 Cities, as Mayor of Toronto, and from his book "Solved, how the great cities of the world are fixing the climate crisis" about how our hopes to address global heating can best be met by embracing the leading climate mitigation actions happening in cities today -  and ensuring they happen everywhere, now.

    This event is part of the Spring 2023 Speaker series. 

    • April 17, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

          Dr. Sylvia Solomon

    Sylvia Solomon  (M.Ed, Ed.D) is an experienced educator who retired after more than 20 years of teaching and 14 years at the Ontario Ministry of Education. At the Ministry, among other initiatives, she was responsible for policy and resources for English Language Learners, the development of Standards for Gifted Programs and the revision of the entire Ontario High School Curriculum from five years to four. She has taught at all levels of public education including special needs/gifted and she was a Professor of Education at several universities including the University of Toronto, Queens and Ryerson.

    After retiring she began presenting the Great Trials That Changed the Course of History course at U of T and Ryerson as well as at the Instituto d’Allende in Mexico and the 92nd St. Y in New York city.

    The Trial of Leo Frank: Precursor to Peril?

    Some say that perhaps no 20th century trial had more far-reaching effects on American society than the heinous trial of Leo Frank. Now largely forgotten, in its day it was on everyone’s lips. The degree of anti-Semitism involved in Frank's conviction and subsequent lynching is difficult to assess, but it was enough of a factor to have inspired Jews, and others, throughout the U.S. to protest the conviction of an innocent man.

    The success of the Broadway musical Parade has rekindled interest in the Leo Frank case, and the case still spurs debate and controversy. What are the facts of the Frank case? Come and find out! 

    This event is part of the Spring 2023 Speaker series. 

    • April 24, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

          Ambassador Bob Rae 

    Before his appointment by the Government of Canada as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Bob Rae served as Canada’s special envoy on humanitarian and refugee issues, continuing the important work that he began in 2017 as Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar while also addressing other pressing humanitarian and refugee issues around the world.  

    The former premier of Ontario and former interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Mr. Rae was elected 11 times to federal and provincial parliaments between 1978 and 2013. He stepped down as a member of Parliament in 2013 to return to legal practice and, in particular, to work with Indigenous communities and continue his work in education, governance and human rights. His passion for social justice dates back to his early days in student politics and community service. 

    Before his appointment as permanent representative, Mr. Rae was senior counsel at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. In addition to his legal practice, he taught at the University of Toronto in the School of Public Policy and Governance, in the Faculty of Law and at Massey College and Victoria University, and he was a fellow of the Forum of Federations, Massey College and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. He has also worked as a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers. A former partner at Goodmans LLP, Mr. Rae led the restructuring of the Canadian Red Cross and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and chaired the board of the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is the author of 5 books and a number of government reports.

    Mr. Rae is a privy councillor, a companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world. He received his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History from the University of Toronto and a Master of Philosophy degree as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

    Policymaking in Times of Crisis

    We are in a time of great upheaval. The current global turmoil is marked by inequality, climate change, pandemics, food insecurity, and war, among other things. These challenges we face also present us with opportunities. Canada, by virtue of its history, geography, demographics, social composition, and economy, is directly involved in the world. How should we engage in this tumultuous world to promote peace and justice, end conflict, and create sustainable economies and societies?

    This event is part of the Spring 2023 Speaker series. 

    • May 01, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

        Reverend Michael Stainton 

    Rev. Michael Stainton is the founder of the Canadian Mackay Committee, President of the Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada, and a retired  associate  at the York (University) Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) .

    In the 1980’s he was a missionary with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan working with indigenous university students , then in  rural community development and adult education. In the 1990’s he did graduate study in anthropology at York, focused on Taiwan’s democratization and indigenous rights movements. He has led two Canadian election observer groups to Taiwan.  In 1996 he organized the first visit of Taiwan Indigenous leaders to Canadian First Nations, to study self-government.

    In 2000 he founded the Canadian Mackay Committee, to promote the memory of Canada’s first overseas missionary and outspoken opponent of the Head Tax, George Leslie Mackay (1844-1901) who is forgotten in Canada but a national hero in Taiwan. In 2022 he has been busy organizing activities and speaking for the 150th anniversary of Mackay’s arrival in Tamsui.

    150 Years of Canada Taiwan Relations and no Embassy Yet - Does it Matter? 

    Reverend Stainton will discuss the fascinating history behind Canada’s relations with Taiwan and from there to all of Asia.   
    • It started when Canadian Presbyterian missionary George Leslie Mackay began a mission in Tamsui, at the northern tip of Formosa, on March 9, 1872. After his death in 1901 the Presbyterian link continued, but now Taiwan was part of Japan, not China. In 1928 Canada’s first diplomatic relation in Asia was established with Japan.  
    • In 1943 Canada established relations with China and in 1945 Taiwan became part of the Republic of China. The 1947 “228”massacres on Taiwanese by KMT were witnessed by Canadian missionaries. Canada did not open an embassy in Taipei but  voiced support for the right of the Taiwanese people to self-determination.
    • Canada switched its recognition to the Peoples Republic of China in 1970 but the Trudeau government insisted “we are not going to sell out Taiwan”.  Training in a Christian strategy of non-violent social transformation was provided by Taiwanese Canadians, led by Ryerson teacher Albert Lin. They were a major factor in Taiwan’s peaceful democratic transition.  
    • Since 1989 the Taiwan’s representative in Ottawa is de-facto treated as an ambassador, and Parliament has passed resolutions in support of Taiwan’s international status.
    • Back from the grave 2001-2022 Mackay is officially a national hero in Taiwan, but bigotry against “missionaries” in Canada keeps him unknown. In 2020, in gratitude for Mackay, Taiwan gave over 2.4 million PPE as gifts to Canada when we had no masks. We still have no “embassy” but Taiwan is now a major partner for Canada in Asia.     

    This event is part of the Spring 2023 Speaker series. 

    • May 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture


    Medécins Sans Frontières Speaker 


    A Day in the Life of MSF on the Front Lines


    This event is part of the Spring 2023 Speaker series. 

    • May 15, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

         Cynthia Wesley- Esquimaux

    Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux served as Vice Provost for Indigenous Initiatives at Lakehead University for three years. Effective September 2016 she was appointed the 1st Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada for Lakehead University and continues to develop pathways forward to reconciliation across Canada.

    Cynthia was inducted as a “Honourary Witness” by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2014 and is Chair of the Governing Circle for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.

    She is a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding. She sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives.

    Living the Medicine Wheel Teachings

    The medicine wheel teaches us there are four quadrants that require our dedicated attention - the "Physical quadrant" which encompasses everything we are from conception to elderhood.  The "Mental or learning quadrant" where we gather knowledge, courage, and confidence about our world. The "Emotional quadrant" where we embrace the concept of "all my relations" as a foundation for our lives and build capacity to love unconditionally. The "Spiritual quadrant" where we are reminded of the need "to be good ancestors" and guide next generations with a good heart as we walk the 7 values (grandfather/grandmother teachings) into the future.

    This event is part of the Spring 2023 Speaker series. 

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October 17, 2022 TALYR Annual General Meeting, 2022
October 17, 2022 Ten Ideas to Make Canadian Healthcare Faster, Better, Smarter
October 03, 2022 Growing Up in the Ice Age: Were Children Drivers of Human Cultural Evolution?
September 19, 2022 Innovation in Humanitarian Assistance and Implications on the War in Ukraine
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May 09, 2022 Harry Oakes and the Writing of History
May 02, 2022 Wild Algonquin: The Nature of a World Famous Park through the Seasons
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February 07, 2022 They Call Me George: Black Sleeping Car Porters and the making of Modern Canada
January 31, 2022 Lahore - The Cultural Heart of Pakistan
January 24, 2022 Home as Memory, Home as Witness
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November 01, 2021 Architecture: Now I Get It! Understanding the Elements of Architecture
October 25, 2021 Annual General Meeting
October 25, 2021 Indigenous ethnies and Nations
October 18, 2021 Aging: Fact and Fancy
October 04, 2021 Decarbonizing our cities: going beyond transit and intensification
September 27, 2021 A Cybersafety Intro: Understanding Where Your Data Goes and Why It Matters
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May 17, 2021 A Romp Through the Roaring 20’s
May 10, 2021 Evil, Memory, and Redemption after COVID
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April 26, 2021 An unrivalled city: Constantinople at the time of the Italian Renaissance
April 19, 2021 Your Discovery Years: Finding Joy in Retirement
April 12, 2021 FREE Spring 2021 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
April 12, 2021 A Fascinating Tour of the Universe
February 08, 2021 Ten Events That Shaped Our National Character
February 01, 2021 The Future of Publicly Funded Healthcare in Canada: Do We Need a Private Option?
January 25, 2021 Delivering Health Services to Remote Areas – One Plane at a Time
January 18, 2021 Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
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October 28, 2019 A Tale of Two Museums: Louvre of Paris, Victoria & Albert of London
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May 26, 2014 Our ailing Parliamentary Democracy - Can it Recover?
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