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Upcoming events

    • April 06, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cineplex


    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.

    The (not so ) Young Persons’ Guide to the Orchestra

    What an orchestra is, is a fairly straightforward question to answer. The questions of why and how an orchestra exists require somewhat more complex consideration. The answers go to the core of human experience and underscore the very value of life itself.

    Far from being some elite-life peripheral luxury, concerted music-making matters to us all much more than we might ever imagine or realise. From a simple economic perspective, the orchestra, in its various forms, is at the heart of present-day multi-billion dollar industries.

    This talk will describe why and how this is so. It will provide a better understanding of just what an orchestra is and can be. It will also take a look at what orchestral life is all about.

    This event is part of the Spring  2020 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2020 Event Series.

    • April 20, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cineplex

             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 Spring  2020 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2020 Event Series.

    • April 27, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cineplex

    Daniel Dale

    Daniel Dale is a graduate of York University’s Schulich School of Business and a native of Thornhill, Ontario.

    He was a former staff reporter for the Toronto Star. During his tenure, Daniel spent four years as the Star’s Washington bureau chief, covering U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and other stories in the United States. Before that assignment he spent four years as a Toronto city hall reporter and bureau chief, covering the administration of Mayor Rob Ford.

    Daniel is now a Washington-based journalist for CNN.

    During his career to date he has won a number of awards -  National Newspaper Award: Norman Webster Award for International Reporting (2019), National Newspaper Award: Short Feature (2011),  Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize (2011), Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize (2010)

    Reporting on Trump, the Fords and the Truth

    Daniel will discuss his experience reporting on some of the era's most interesting politicians: Rob Ford, Doug Ford and Donald Trump. He will also explain his unique role as a fact-checker of everything Trump says, about what he has learned about truth and lies in politics, and offer tips on how citizens can contribute to the promotion of facts.

    This event is part of the Spring  2020 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2020 Event Series.

    • May 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cineplex


    Myriam Nafte

    As a forensic anthropologist, Myriam Nafte is an active advisor and consultant for criminal casework across North America. She received a Specialized Honours BA in Medical Anthropology from York University, a BEd degree in Science from Brock University, and completed an MA and PhD in Physical Anthropology at McMaster University.

    Currently, Nafte is an instructor at McMaster University where she teaches upper level courses in health and illness. She continues to research the use of human remains as material culture, documenting their transition from cadaver to objects of power, identity and capital. Nafte is the author of numerous articles and books including Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation, The Skin of Murder Victims: Fingerprints and Other Evidence [editor], and the forthcoming Trophies and Talismans: The Traffic of Human Remains.

    Forensics in Crime Solving

    Forensic investigation is a largely misunderstood field. The work of civilian scientists versus police is governed by areas of specialty that are quite distinct from one another. In this lecture, I define the evolving field of police forensics with an overview of the protocols governing crime scenes, warrants, security, and the processing of physical evidence. Much of my research and training has been in the identification of human remains in various forms of trauma and/or decomposition. Due to the nature of the physical evidence I process, it has been my experience to work alongside both police and forensic scientists as part of a team.

    Along with the important procedures, I will discuss some of the most challenging cases of my career.

    This event is part of the Spring  2020 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2020 Event Series.

    • May 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cineplex


    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 Spring  2020 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2020 Event Series.

Past events

March 30, 2020 Publicly Funded Healthcare in the Future
March 02, 2020 CANCELLED until FALL 2020 - Spring 2020 Speaker Event Series
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 Non-TALYR Members - PURCHASE NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 23, 2019 TALYR Members Only - REGISTER 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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