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In mid August, all paid up TALYR members will receive an email to register for the virtual Fall 2020 Speaker Event series via Zoom. 

Thanks for supporting Third Age Learning York Region.

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Upcoming events

    • September 14, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • November 09, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom virtual meetings
    • 475

    Fall 2020 Speaker Event Series 

    All Fall 2020 speaker events will be conducted virtually using Zoom software

     September 14

    Myriam Nafte

    Forensics in Crime Solving

    September 21

    Brian Carwana

    To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of World Religions

    October 5

    Olivier Courteau

    Hong Kong, China and the deep roots of the ongoing crisis

     October 19

    Dr. John Bell

    New Approaches for Treating Cancer

     October 26

    Debbie Pond

    Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight in Our Own Backyard!

    November 2

    Dr. Michael Verbora

    Is canabis a cure all?

    November 9 

    Brian Carlile

    Evolution of the Orchestra



    • September 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting

             Brian Carwana

    Brian Carwana is the Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, having left a business career to explore the endlessly fascinating topic of religion. Brian has a Master’s degree and is in the latter stages of acquiring his PhD from the University of Toronto.

    Brian has taught at university and brings thousands of people every year to houses of worship to encounter the people, places, practices and philosophies of the world’s religious traditions.  

    To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of the World's Religions

    Brian will offer a panoramic map of the religious topography and provides a framework for studying religions. Insight will be provided into the following religions: Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, Native Spirituality, Zoroastrianism,  Wicca, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Rasta, Sikhism.

    This event is part of the Fall 2020 Speaker series.

    • October 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting


    Olivier Courteaux

    Olivier Courteaux holds a Doctorate in History from the University Paris IV-Sorbonne.  He specializes in the history of 20th century international relations, with a particular emphasis on conflicts.

    He has taught at various institutions in Ontario including York University/Glendon College, Ryerson University and the Royal Military College in Kingston. He is currently lecturing at the Life Institute (Ryerson University).

    Olivier is the author of The War on Terror: Canada’s Dilemma (2009)Canada between Vichy and de Gaulle, 1940-1945, (published in English in 2013 and in French in 2015) on Franco-Canadian relations during the Second World War, and Quatre Journées qui ébranlèrent le Québec on Charles de Gaulle’s famous 1967 “Vive le Québec Libre”, in 2017.

    Hong Kong, China and the deep roots of the ongoing crisis

    When the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to China in July 1997, thus ending over 150 years of British rule, the hope in the West was that Beijing would abide by a "one country, two systems" policy. The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and China's premier Zhao Ziyang allowed Hong Kong to maintain a level of political and social autonomy. In 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China with its own "mini constitution", which included free speech and the freedom of assembly.

    Clearly, China has chosen to put an end to Hong Kong's special status. This lecture will explain the deep roots of the crisis by looking back at the history of Hong Kong since the cessation by China of the island to the British, in 1842, until the present. The consequences of China's most recent decisions when it comes to its relations with the West, and especially the United States, will also be discussed.

    This event is part of the Fall 2020 Speaker series. 

    • October 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting


    Dr. John Bell

    Dr. John Bell received his PhD from McMaster University in 1982. In the three years that followed, he trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa and then at the Medical Research Council in London, England. Dr. Bell began his independent research career at McGill University in 1986 and moved to the University of Ottawa, Department of Medicine, in 1989. He is a member of the Center for Cancer Therapeutics at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Center, a Senior Scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is currently the Scientific Director of BioCanRx, a Network of Centres of Excellence that aims to bring novel immune stimulating therapies to cancer patients across Canada. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

    New Approaches for Treating Cancer

    The treatment of cancer to date has largely been dominated by the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. While these two approaches have benefited a large number of people, there are many cancer patients whose cancers do not respond and thus they don’t achieve the long-term cures that they hope for. Another emerging therapeutic approach is to use “biologically based” strategies often aimed at stimulating the patient’s own immune system to recognize the cancer as a foreign entity and eliminate it. If successful, these therapies have the benefit of eliminating the tumor and providing “immunological memory” to keep the cancer from returning. In my presentation I will discuss some of these novel approaches and how the field of cancer therapy is evolving.

    This event is part of the Fall 2020 Speaker series. 

    • October 26, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting


    Debbie Pond

    Debbie thrived with the challenge of forging a road less traveled in her 35-year career as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer (retired 2013). Debbie’s passion for people and advocating for change to support vulnerable and marginalized individuals has taken her to a variety of human services sector roles.

    Debbie is one of the founding members, and volunteers full time as Chair / Executive Director of U-R Home Awareness & Support Services. U-R Home is a York Region organization that brings education and awareness on human trafficking, supports survivors in having the life they desire and families whose children have been affected by sex trafficking.

    Debbie is on the Executive Leadership of York Region’s Community Partners Alliance to Stop Trafficking among other community collaboratives.

    Debbie’s love for people and travel has taken her on numerous extended volunteer trips to Africa where she works with young girls and women; empowering and providing opportunities through education to be the change in their communities.

    Human Trafficking:  Hidden in Plain Sight in Our Backyard!

    We think it only happens to people living “over there” but IT Can Happen to Anyone and is happening in “our backyard”. Survivors say they lived in our communities but were unSEEN!

    Debbie believes that we can end all forms of sexual exploitation but it is each person’s responsibility to challenge the harmful attitudes and stereotypical norms in our society!

    Debbie will discuss what human trafficking entails, the many forms of exploitation, what it looks like in “our backyard”, how to recognize signs of trafficking and recruitment tactics.  Does trafficking happen because people are poor or vulnerable? The role social media plays in human trafficking. How the mindset of a trafficked person impacts their ability to “just leave”.  Debbie will share her experience of walking with families, survivors and the realities of their lives after exiting The Game. She will challenge you to become an Advocate and Assist in ending human trafficking in “our backyard”.

    This event is part of the Fall 2020 Speaker series. 

    • November 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom virtual meeting


    Dr. Michael Verbora

    Michael Verbora, MD, one of Canada’s foremost experts on cannabis,  earned an MBA from the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business in 2009 and an M.D. from Schulich School of Medicine at Western University in 2013, before entering a Family Practice residency at the University of Toronto.

    Michael has completed over 5,000 cannabinoid therapy consultations and given more than 100 presentations on the use of cannabis in community and hospital settings. He is also a member of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, Doctors for Responsible Access as well as a college student health advisor. He sits on the executive of the Ontario Medical Association Cannabis Interest Group.

    Is cannabis a cure all? 

    Dr. Verbora will review the history of cannabis, the medicinal ingredients and current medical evidence, while sharing both the benefits to health and wellness and specific risks with use. There are many myths about cannabis from all healing to all harmful. You will leave with the facts and an understanding of this complex botanical. 

    This event is part of the Fall 2020 Speaker series. 

    • November 09, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom virtual meeting


    Brian Carlile

    Brian Carlile, born and brought up in the UK has a broad background in the world of professional music.

    As a player in major symphony and chamber orchestras and as a session musician, conductor, contractor and organiser, his working life has taken him across continents and through society. As a music writer and arranger he has experienced the creative process from the ground up.

    As a speaker he gets to explore and share his perspectives and insights with interested audiences.

    Mozart - The Musicians’ Musician and Everyman's Composer

    Our fascination with this creative genius has been the subject of myth, rumour and speculation for centuries despite an abundance of authoritative first hand documentary evidence of his life and thinking.

    Brian will provide his modern-day performer’s perspective to try and explain why Mozart continues to be revered and feared in equal measure by professional musicians worldwide. “Too easy for amateurs and too hard for professionals” is an oft quoted warning! Despite this, he is the composer who speaks to everyone in some way.  Put simply, his music is so perfect it seems inevitable that we will fail every attempt to play it perfectly.

    Examining the real facts around his life and work just amplifies the awe in which we all still hold him.

    This event is part of the Fall 2020 Speaker series. 

Past events

September 14, 2020 Forensics in Crime Solving
April 06, 2020 The (not so ) Young Persons’ Guide to the Orchestra
March 30, 2020 Publicly Funded Healthcare in the Future
March 30, 2020 CANCELLED Speaker Event until FALL 2020
November 04, 2019 Rush to Danger - Medics in the Line of Fire
October 28, 2019 A Tale of Two Museums: Louvre of Paris, Victoria & Albert of London
October 21, 2019 The Symphonies by Beethoven – the Universe in Music
October 07, 2019 The Fall of the Roman Empire and Why it Matters Today
September 23, 2019 Does Canada really have an immigration problem? Here are the facts
September 16, 2019 True story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz
September 09, 2019 On the Disruptive Technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Virtual Reality
May 13, 2019 Full Disclosure: Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of Canada
May 06, 2019 120 Years of Fear and Fascination with the Automobile
April 29, 2019 Forbidden Fruit: Banned, Censored, and Challenged books from Dante to Harry Potter
April 23, 2019 TALYR Members Only - REGISTER NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 23, 2019 Non-TALYR Members - PURCHASE NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 15, 2019 Truth and Reconciliation - what does it really mean for Canada ?
April 08, 2019 Maintaining the Best of Both Worlds
April 01, 2019 The Road to Marylake
April 01, 2019 Spring 2019 Speaker Event Series - Sold Out
November 05, 2018 Does the Punishment fit the Crime? How Judges Sentence Offenders in Canada
October 29, 2018 End of WWII
October 22, 2018 How to Protect Your Privacy Before it’s Taken Away: Embed Privacy, by Design
October 15, 2018 Wrongful Convictions in Canada
October 01, 2018 Surnames and History
September 24, 2018 Use of Music in Film
September 17, 2018 Ridgeway 1866: The Hidden History of Canada’s First Modern Battle and the Last Battle Fought in Ontario.
August 06, 2018 Fall 2018 Speaker Series - SOLD OUT
May 14, 2018 Perspectives on the Federal Government
May 07, 2018 Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo
April 30, 2018 Richard III: Monstrous or Misunderstood
April 23, 2018 Gardens: A Microcosm for the World’s Environmental Health Issues
April 16, 2018 Engineering Moneyball in Hockey, Baseball and Beyond
April 09, 2018 Orphan 32
February 26, 2018 Spring 2018 Speaker Event Series - PURCHASE series beginning February 26th at 9:00 am
October 30, 2017 Designing a good community to live in
October 23, 2017 Triage for Extinction – Which Species should we Save?
October 16, 2017 The Amazing Universe
October 02, 2017 The United Nations in the Modern World: Blessing or Burden
September 25, 2017 Where Ideas Come From
September 18, 2017 Canadian Fascination with Weather
September 11, 2017 The Symphonies of Mozart - the evolution of genius
July 31, 2017 Fall 2017 Speaker Event Series - SOLD OUT!
May 15, 2017 The Great Lakes: A History of Water Quality and Water Politics
May 08, 2017 Shakespeare – Confronting the Vexed Authorship Question
May 01, 2017 The Great American Songbook 101 - Dissecting the American Songbook
April 24, 2017 Canada on the World Stage: Past, Present and Future
April 10, 2017 Understanding Japanese Society and Culture
April 03, 2017 Bees, Importance and Diversity
October 31, 2016 The Result of Rebellion: North American Political Prisoners in van Diemen's Land
October 24, 2016 Come from the Shadows: Tales of Ontario Archaeology
October 17, 2016 Brazil: Past and Present
September 26, 2016 The Great Escape: A Canadian Story.
September 19, 2016 Dancing on the Edge: Athleticism and Emotion
September 12, 2016 How Music can Impact Health
August 08, 2016 Fall 2016 Speaker Event Series
May 16, 2016 Tin Pan Alley: the Art and Business of the Popular Song
May 09, 2016 Is War still a Rational Option for Conflict Resolution?
May 02, 2016 Why Canadian History is Not Boring!
April 25, 2016 St Petersburg and the Hermitage: Wonder and Opulence
April 18, 2016 Taking it to the Top: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Cases it Hears
April 11, 2016 Food Insecurity, Consumerism and the Corporatization of Food
November 02, 2015 We Animals: Jo-Anne's Journey and Adventures as an Animal Rights Photographer
October 26, 2015 Footbridges as Philanthropy: Bringing Social Change to a Walking World
October 19, 2015 Sir Winston Churchill - A True Renaissance Man
October 05, 2015 How to become an opera buff in under an hour!
September 28, 2015 Ontario’s Opportunities in a Changing Climate
September 21, 2015 The Russia-Ukraine Affair – “my lie is truer than your lie"
August 03, 2015 Fall 2015 Speaker Event Series
May 25, 2015 The Greater Golden Horseshoe in the 21st Century
May 11, 2015 Modern Middle East
May 04, 2015 Happiness
April 27, 2015 Dimensions of Aging: Realities, Intervention, Prevention
April 20, 2015 Produced and abandoned: the best films you have never seen!
April 13, 2015 Innovation in China's Development
November 03, 2014 Pursuit of the Real
October 27, 2014 Prisoners of Tehran
October 06, 2014 Loving Water
September 29, 2014 The European Union: Innovation from Crisis
September 22, 2014 The Aging Brain: Opportunities & Challenges
September 15, 2014 The Play's the Thing - or Is It?
May 26, 2014 Our ailing Parliamentary Democracy - Can it Recover?
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