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Our FREE Fall Speaker Series starts September 13, 2021!  You will be contacted with registration details if you are a paid up member of TALYR.


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Upcoming events

    • September 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • November 01, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meetings

    Fall 2021 Speaker Event Series 

    All Fall 2021 speaker events will be conducted virtually using Zoom software

       Sept 13

    Shane O'Mara, DPhil


    In Praise of Walking
       Sept 20

    Robert Bell, MD

    Canada Needs a New Seniors’ Strategy: Lessons from the Pandemic   


       Sept 27

    Claudiu Popa

    A Cybersafety Intro: Understanding Where Your Data Goes and Why It Matters


       Oct 4

    John Lorinc

    Decarbonizing our cities: going beyond transit and intensification


       Oct 18   

    Joe Schwarcz, PhD


    Aging: Fact and Fancy

       Oct 25 Sara Mainville

    Indigenous ethnies and Nations


       Nov 1 Marta O'Brien

    Architecture: Now I Get It! Understanding the Elements of Architecture


     


























      


     


    • September 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meeting

             

    Robert Bell, MD

    Robert Bell served as Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital and Chair of both Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.

    Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and achieved his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1983. He completed a sub-specialty training in Orthopaedic Cancer Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in 1985, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2005.

    Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health system executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell has more than 40 years of health care experience.

    Canada Needs a New Seniors’ Strategy: Lessons from the Pandemic

    All Canadians will remember that a disproportionate number of our fellow citizens died in our country’s congregate seniors’ living centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure that we honour the memories of those people we need to ensure that we understand why mortality in long-term care was so high.  In this way we can respond to evidence in building back better now that vaccination is bringing this terrible episode to a conclusion.

    This renewed Seniors’ Strategy must not only address issues in congregate living but must also consider better ways of maintaining independence for frail seniors. This presentation will discuss the evidence of what needs to be done and will propose some new options for how seniors can live independently and safely.





    This event is part of the Fall 2021 Speaker series. 

    • September 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meeting


             

    Claudiu Popa

    Claudiu helps some of the world's best companies protect their most valuable assets and make intelligent, risk-based decisions. As Informatica's CEO, he manages risk audit and assessment projects for organizations on both sides of the border.

    He is a professional speaker and a published author. His unique background and influence make him a trusted risk advisor to leaders and a reliable, authoritative source of engaging soundbites for media outlets.

    Claudiu is an ardent protector of information and supporter of privacy rights recognized by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner as a Privacy by Design Ambassador.

    His interest in standardizing cybersafety and hack-proofing online communities stems from a personal passion to build resilience back into the Internet, widely disseminate information, and create a conduit for high value knowledge transfer.  That conduit is the KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Foundation, a non-profit organization he founded to help Canadian families improve their cybersituational awareness.  

    KnowledgeFlow's creation of Cybersafety by Design(TM) is a system of 7 principles based on Privacy by Design, often described as the gold standard in privacy.  KnowledgeFlow’s kindergarten to grade 12 education platform is based on the First Principles of Cybersafety(TM) created to empower students to safely contribute and not just consume online content. 

    A Cybersafety Intro: Understanding Where Your Data Goes and Why It Matters

    Claudiu will take the fear out of cyberfraud by demonstrating that the hallmarks of typical scams have been the same since the dawn of time! By taking the cyber out of cyberfraud attendees will be empowered to confidently participate in the online universe. Attendees will also receive access to our continually expanding database of cybersafety tip sheets and other resources. 





    This event is part of the Fall 2021 Speaker series. 

    • October 04, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meeting


             

    John Lorinc

    John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist and editor. He writes about urban affairs, the environment, business, philanthropy and local history for a range of publications, including The Globe and Mail, Corporate Knights and Spacing, where he is senior editor. John is also the Toronto non-fiction editor of Coach House Books. 

    John has won numerous National Magazine Awards.


    Decarbonizing our cities: going beyond transit and intensification 

    While promoting transit use, active transportation and density are critically important goals for reducing urban emissions, our built form accounts for 40% of all carbon released into the atmosphere. Indeed, reducing building-related GHGs -- from natural gas heating, poor insulation, leaky windows, etc. -- requires far more focused policy attention and investment if our cities are to achieve net-zero by 2050.





    This event is part of the Fall 2021 Speaker series. 

    • October 18, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meeting


            

    Joe Schwarcz, PhD

    Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society” which has the mission of separating sense from nonsense. He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public.

    “Dr Joe” has hosted a radio show on science for forty years, "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD. He has appeared hundreds of times on television, writes a regular newspaper column “The Right Chemistry” and is the author of eighteen best-sellers, some of which include Dr. Joe And What You Didn’t Know,” “The Fly In The Ointment” “Let Them Eat Flax” “An Apple A Day,” “Brain Fuel,” and “Science, Sense and Nonsense. His next book, “Science Goes Viral” is to be released in August. 

    He has been awarded honorary degrees by Athabasca University, Cape Breton University, the University of Windsor and Simon Fraser University. He was the first non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry, and in 2021 he was honoured with the Society of Chemical Industry’s Outreach Award.

    Professor Schwarcz is also an amateur magician and often spices up his presentations with a little magic.


    Aging: Fact and Fancy

    Everybody wants to live long but nobody wants to get old.  Can science solve this conundrum?  What are we to make of claims which suggest that the secret of longevity lies in human growth hormone injections, or some dietary supplement?  Can testosterone or estrogen keep us young?  Can we live longer just by eating less?  Are antioxidants like beta carotene or vitamin E the key to happy golden years?  A look at the science behind these issues can be a real eye opener!





    This event is part of the Fall 2021 Speaker series. 

    • October 25, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meeting



    Sara Mainville LLM

    Sara Mainville is a Partner at the law firm OKT.

    Sara works with First Nations as legal counsel, strategic advisor and negotiator. She has been called to the Ontario bar since 2005.

    Sara Mainville has a Management degree (Lethbridge) and a LL.B. (Queen’s).  She earned a LL.M (Toronto) and her thesis, “An Anishinaabe Perspective of Treaty #3” was the beginning of a lifetime of study by her regarding Treaty #3 and Indigenous jurisdiction’s important role in legally reconciling Indigenous sovereignty in Canada.

    In 2014, Sara was elected Chief of Couchiching First Nation. During that term she ensured that the First Nation had strong policy going forward and she started the Wasaw group of companies.

    Sara Mainville is also very proud of her participation in the negotiations that led to the creation of the First Nation Sovereign Wealth LP, a partnership of 129 First Nations in Ontario.  Sara was co-chair in the negotiations that resulted in the commercial transaction between the Province of Ontario and the First Nations of 14 million Hydro One shares and $29 million in seed capital to facilitate long-term wealth creation. 

    Sara has advised First Nations on their own cannabis control laws in 2018 and 2019.  She is well regarded as a strategic thinker and negotiator and is often speaking at various conferences and First Nation forums about emerging legal issues.

    Sara is listed as "Most Frequently Recommended" in Indigenous Law by Lexpert.


    Indigenous ethnies and Nations

    Sara Mainville will explain why “Indigenous” and other blanket terms are only the starting points of relationships with the Anishinaabe and other peoples we should all know in Canada. 

    • A symbol of reconciliation should be that you know much more about Inuit, Metis, Anishinaabe, and other distinct Indigenous ethnies (cultural groups in Canada who have their own “creation stories”) and understand the importance of those creation stories to Canada’s own sustainability.
    • More important, a real act of reconciliation is to renew the Nation-to-Nation relationship with important allies of the former British colony, including the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee confederacies that gathered for a treaty at Niagara in 1764.

    Sara Mainville will explore this important legal history which is the actual “creation story” of Canada.  “Indian” “Native” “First Nations” “Aboriginal” and “Indigenous” are blanket terms that pose a barrier to true reconciliation.

     






     This event is part of the Fall 2021 Speaker series. 




    • November 01, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meeting


            

    Marta O'Brien

    Marta O'Brien has been an architectural historian for over 25 years. She
    earned her architecture degree with honours from Ryerson University, and
    Masters in environmental studies from York University.

    Marta teaches many architectural history courses for the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Through her company, Citywalks, she presents tours
    and illustrated lectures for historical societies, seniors' learning organizations, and others.

    In 2021, Marta was elected an Honourary Member of the Ontario Association of Architects.


    Architecture: Now I Get It! Understanding the Elements of Architecture

    Architecture is everywhere; it affects our daily experience of a street,
    neighbourhood, and city -- often subconsciously.  Buildings can positively
    affect our experience of a place and raise our spirits. Conversely, a
    building can make us feel uneasy or even intimidated. This stimulating
    talk on the visual elements of architecture will help you really see the
    architecture around you, and understand why you feel as you do when
    observing a building. We'll see how the use of proportion, ornament,
    colour, and more affect our impressions.





    This event is part of the Fall 2021 Speaker series. 

Past events

September 13, 2021 In Praise of Walking
May 17, 2021 A Romp Through the Roaring 20’s
May 10, 2021 Evil, Memory, and Redemption after COVID
May 03, 2021 The Elvis Presley Story
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
January 18, 2021 FREE Winter 2021 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
November 09, 2020 Mozart - The Musicians’ Musician and Everyman's Composer
November 02, 2020 Is cannabis a cure all?
October 26, 2020 Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight in Our Backyard!
October 19, 2020 New Approaches for Treating Cancer
October 05, 2020 Hong Kong, China and the deep roots of the ongoing crisis
September 21, 2020 To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of the World's Religions
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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