• May 26, 2016 9:00 AM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    Please note that the Fall 2016 Series is being planned at this time. 

    Events & speakers will be announced by email and on the Events page.

    The Fall 2016 event dates are Sept 12, 19 and 26 and 
    October 17, 24 and 31.

    Thank you for your patronage - see you in September 2016!
  • March 01, 2016 12:00 PM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    The 2016 Program for the Spring Series has sold out in less than one and a half days. It is getting very popular in York Region.

    Thank you for your encouragement and support.

    We hope that you will enjoy the 2016 Spring Series - remember to arrive early for the first event, to pick up you Spring Program "Name Card" and to pick up your Program that outlines the series, the speakers and our survey at the end of the program. Please hold on to your Program - write in notes, comments and ratings throughout the Series.

    See you on April 11, 2016!

    The Program Committee


  • February 29, 2016 12:30 PM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    The Spring 2016 Event Series is available for purchase as of Midnight February 29, 2016.

    The series is selling fast - already 130 seats were sold before NOON today.

    Only 40 seats left - don't delay - they are going very fast!

    Thanks for your continued support of TALYR in our Region.


    The Board - Third Age Learning - York Region Inc.

  • January 17, 2016 12:00 PM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    Happy New Year 2016!

    The SPRING 2016 Program of 6 Weekly Lecture

     Presentations  are scheduled to run from 

    April 11 to May 16, 2016 - on 6 consecutive Mondays, 

    10:00 - NOON.

            Here is the lineup of our Spring 2016 Speakers and their Topics:  

    April 11th         Prof. Claudio Colaguori     

                             Food Insecurity, Consumerism and the Corporation of Food

    April 18th         Prof. Jamie Cameron

                             How the Supreme Court of Canada chooses its Cases?

    April 25th         Dr. Julia Zarankin

                             St. Petersburg and the Hermitage

    May 2nd             Prof. Ken Weber

                             Why Canadian History is not Boring

    May 9th             Dr. Stanislav Kirschbaum FRFC

                             Is war still a rational option for conflict resolution

    May 16th            Dr. Michael Daley, PHD Music 

                             Tin Pan Alley: The art and business of popular song

    More details about the SPRING 2016 Program will be announced by email on February 29, 2016. 

  • November 02, 2015 3:00 PM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)
    The FALL 2015 Program of 6 Weekly Lecture Presentations
    has concluded on Monday, November 2, 2015 @ 10:00 AM.

    The SPRING 2016 Program of 6 Weekly Lecture Presentations
    will run from April 11 to May 16, 2016 - 6 consecutive Mondays.

    Details about the SPRING 2016 Program will be announced by email in mid- March 2016.

  • September 21, 2015 4:00 PM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    The TALYR Inc. "By-Laws" have been revised, subsequent to an approved motion, as presented at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on September 21, 2015.

    The change is to have the "Annual General Meeting" moved from the LAST event of the SPRING Series to the FIRST of the FALL Series. This allows for the presentation of the audited financial statements, after the June 30th Year End.

    Under Section 7) MEETINGS, the following change in now in effect:

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held on the FIRSTlecture date of the FALL series.

    The By-Laws can be found under the "Who we are", bottom section of our webpages, under Governance & Compliance - By-Laws.

    Should you have any questions, please email us at 

    The Board of TALYR Inc.

  • August 19, 2015 11:45 PM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    Thanks you for your support, once again - the series was announced on August 3, 2015 and the last of 150 ticket/card series were sold out on August 19, 2015.

    On September 21, 2015, we will process your registrations and provide you with your FALL 2015 name card.

    Since we have 150 Members to process quickly, before the 10:00 AM Series Kickoff, kindly arrive as early as you can, starting at 9:30 AM.

    There will be 3 tables to handle your registration - split three ways alphabetically. If you are picking up for some other Members, who are unable to attend our first presentation, kindly go to the table that has the card for that Member's name.

    See you in the FALL.

    Barrie Braiden

    Registrar, TALYR Inc.

  • July 15, 2015 11:00 AM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    The Board of "TALYR Inc." is pleased to announce the

    Speakers and Topics for the FALL 2015 Event Series

    to be held at the Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora

     - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.


    September 21

    Dr. Larry Black - Russia & the Ukraine Affair: My lie is truer than your lie!

    September 28           

    Ellen Schwartzel Ontario’s Opportunities in a Changing Climate.

    October 5                  

    Iain Scott - How to become an opera buff in under an hour!

    October 19                

    Randy Barber - Winston Churchill: A True Renaissance Man.

    October 26                

    Matthew Bowser - Footbridges as Philanthropy: Bringing Social Change Walking World.

    November 2              

    Joanne McArthur - We Animals: My journey and adventures as an Animal Rights Photographer.

    *  *  *  *  *

    The FALL 2015 Program/Lecture Series of 
    6 Weekly Events will return on 

    Monday, September 21, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

    The Fall Series will go on sale on
    August 3, 2015.
    An email announcement will be sent to all of our Members and Mailing-List Friends, prior to the sale date of August 3, 2015.

    Those members, who do purchase the FALL 2015 Series, will pick up their Series "Name Card" starting at 9:30 AM, September 21, 2015.

  • July 10, 2015 9:30 AM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    The FALL 2015 Speaker Event series will once again feature 6 outstanding and talented presenters.

    The roster of Speakers will be announced on the TALYR website and by Email, prior to their SALE, which begins on August 3, 2015.

    Speaker dates are: September 21 and 28, October 5, 19 and 26 and November 2.

    We look forward to seeing you in the Fall - have a safe and enjoyable summer.

    See you in September!

  • May 25, 2015 12:00 PM | Barrie Braiden (Administrator)

    The final presentation of the 6 events in our Spring 2015 Program series took place today, May 25, 2015.

    This event was highly anticipated and it was very encouraging that most of the TALYR membership were able to attend. Your support and participation is much appreciated.

    Thanks to everyone who provided comments and recommendations concerning our Program, Speakers, Topics and Venue on the 2015 Survey.

    You can expect to receive an email about your membership renewal, as the current membership period concludes on June 30, 2015.

    We are currently assembling the FALL 2015 series & speakers program - it will begin on Monday, September 21, 2015; full series details will be available 6 weeks before the FALL 2015 Series begins. You will receive an email announcement for our next Program.

    Have a safe and enjoyable summer - see you next on September 21, 2015.


    The TALYR Organizing Committee

Results of Audience Survey 

May 2014

Your pick for future speaker topics

Social Issues
 Science 8
 Politics 9
 Medicine 10

Formation of TALYR

There have been several Third Age Learning (TAL) groups successfully providing quality and informative lectures for those who wish to acquire knowledge without having to be tested afterwards. It became important to a group of six people that a similar organization should exist in York Region. With that in mind, in order to test this assumption, posters were made, sponsors obtained, and two lectures in May 2014 were presented at the Aurora Cultural Centre in Aurora, ON. These lectures, provided by Dr. Mike Daley and Dr. Peter Russell were extremely well received as well as very well attended.

In answer to this response, the TALYR organization committee decided to follow through with a series of six (6) lectures in the fall of 2014 and potentially another 6 lectures in the spring of 2015.  We agreed to centre the topics on “Innovation “.  Whether future topics will be discussed as six different topics, or as a series of six lectures on one topic, will be decided by the committee in the future.

In that regard, a website has been established and the first opportunity to become a member of TALYR occurs on Friday, August 15, 2014.  It was decided that a membership fee will be $10.00 for the year of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. It was also decided that, to attend any future TALYR lectures, one must first become a member of TALYR.  At the same time, the first series of six (6) lectures is available as a group of six, rather than six individual lectures. The cost of the series is $50.00.

On August 15, 2014, we are providing the initial opportunity to become (1) a member of TALYR, and (2) register for the first series of six lectures in the fall of 2014.

Currently we have over 215 contacts but know that we are limited to a maximum of 150 attendees at any lecture at the Aurora Cultural Centre. It is for this reason that we are using the “First Come, First Served” approach to determine which of our contacts will be able to attend our first lecture series.  In the event that the maximum of 150 is not attained, the committee will determine if individual lectures may be purchased at the price of $10:00 per lecture.

We are very excited about the potential of this new technology for Third Age Learning in York Region.

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