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The Tigray Conflict – David Ross (Ottawa) – October 26, 2021

4:40 PM, October 26th, 2021

 
David Ross has just returned to Canada from northern Ethiopia where he worked from March until September as an access and civil-military coordination officer. Contracted by RedR Australia to the United Nations  Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), David facilitated humanitarian access in Tigray Region, an area severely disrupted by conflict since November 2020. The emergency is vast, complex, and often dangerous. Moreover, the pressures caused by the several hundred thousand people who have flooded into cities and internally displaced person camps, continue to be immense. David  worked alongside many hard-working, innovative and committed humanitarians who made the tour of duty all the more fulfilling.

“Although the work conditions were often beyond challenging, the security situation volatile, access severely constrained, and the politics complex, it was certainly a tremendous experience and I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to contribute. That said, the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia remains enormous, and it is unlikely that the crisis will be resolved anytime soon (indeed, it may well get worse before it gets better).”

David Ross spent 35 years as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the latter years being filled with two tours in Afghanistan and deployed operations planning. Post-retirement he pursued a Master’s degree in disaster and emergency management, which, when combined with his field experience, positioned him well for his Tigray deployment.

Join fellow Whiffers at 4:40 pm, Tuesday, Oct 26th to hear David’s overview and analysis of the Tigrayan conflict and the challenges facing humanitarians working in the region.

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2021.07.05 Summer Communiqué to Members

July 5, 2021 Before we break for the Summer, we wanted to let you know that your Junta is excited about the 2021/22 Campaign and is busy planning for the year ahead. Details are in the Junta’s Summer 2021 Communiqué downloadable from here (PDF-85kb)
Watch for our next Communiqué around the end of August. In the meantime, your Junta wishes you a safe and healthy Summer. We look forward to seeing all of you, virtually, in the Fall. 
 
Mac Borden
Chair of the Toronto Chapter of The Whiff of Grape on behalf of your Junta: 
 
Peter Baines, Ian Brown, Mac Borden, Jim Cairncross, Ron Foreman, Charles MacRae, Stuart McKay, John Paterson and Brian Westlake. 
The Toronto Whiff of Grape

October 26, 2021 – Who’s Attending

Yes: 63

No: 24

NameRSVP Status
Robert Adams Yes
Jon Allen Yes
Ken Bahen Yes
Peter Baines Yes
Robin Barstow Yes
Henry Borden Yes
Ian Brown Yes
Jim Cairncross Yes
David Cameron Yes
Brian Carter Yes
Michael Charles Yes
Andrew Clark Yes
Graeme Clark Yes
Roger Clarkson Yes
Don Comish Yes
Douglas Davis Yes
George Denier Yes
Tom Fischer Yes
Ronald Foreman Yes
Gary Getson Yes
David Glue Yes
Peter Goring Yes
Eugene Harrigan Yes
George Hayhurst Yes
William Hewitt Yes
Robert Hyland Yes
Tim Kennish Yes
William Kinnear Yes
Harry Knight Yes
Clifford Lax Yes
Tom Leverty Yes
Charles MacRAE Yes
Jean-Luc Major Yes
Stuart McKay Yes
Bill McNaughton Yes
Douglas McWhirter Yes
Doug Mills Yes
Robert Milnes Yes
Steven Moorhead Yes
Germán Morales Yes
Bob Morrison Yes
John Paterson, Sr. Yes
Dave Pelletier Yes
Paul Potvin Yes
Ken Powell Yes
Burt Retter Yes
Tom Sanderson Yes
Peter Seybold Yes
Peter Simmie Yes
Peter Sisam Yes
Albert Steenburgh Yes
Gordon Tamblyn Yes
David G. Temple Yes
David Warren Yes
Paul Warrington Yes
Lee Watchorn Yes
Jack Way Yes
Brian Westlake Yes
Richard White Yes
Ted White Yes
Rob Woodrooffe Yes
Norair Yeretsian Yes
z-No Response z-RSVP Management Yes
Bill Barnett No
Bob Blair No
Bill Boughner No
Peter Brieger No
Hank Bulmash No
Michael Butler No
Gary Durno No
Warren Finlay No
Bill Fleury No
John Fraser No
Blake Goldring No
Norman Hardie No
Robert Hutcheson No
Don Johnson No
Trevor Jones No
Mike Mackey No
David Murray No
Chris Portner No
Christopher Ricketts No
Ashok Sajnani No
Keith Sjogren No
Dan Sullivan No
Chris Twigge-Molecey No
Garnet Watchorn No
Aubrey Baillie No Response
Mark Benadiba No Response
Vipin Bery No Response
Bob Clapp No Response
Bev Collombin No Response
Ross Cullingworth No Response
Gordon Currie No Response
Phil Dawson No Response
Rod de Courcy Ireland No Response
Ian Dejardin No Response
Robert Deluce No Response
Chris Dobson No Response
Peter Douglas No Response
Ian Farquharson No Response
Paul Fisher No Response
Jock Fleming No Response
John Gardner No Response
Gary German No Response
Speaker's Guest No Response
John Hackett No Response
Naeem Hasan No Response
Peter Hatcher No Response
Harold Hetherington No Response
Jim Hilborn No Response
Tom Jamieson No Response
Gord Kaiser No Response
Sarwar Kashmeri No Response
Charles Kennedy No Response
Kamran Khan No Response
Robin Labatt No Response
Bill Langlois No Response
John Lee No Response
David Lewis No Response
Andrew Loblaw No Response
Phil MacDonnell No Response
Bart MacDougall No Response
Walter McCormick No Response
John McKenna No Response
Hugh McLelland No Response
Anthony Miller No Response
Mike Miller No Response
Michael Morgan No Response
Don Morrison No Response
Matey Nekov de la Camp No Response
Derek Newton No Response
Lawton Osler No Response
Darcy Rector No Response
Michael Robinson No Response
Peter Russell No Response
Edward Seagram No Response
Brian Sheedy No Response
Ian Smart No Response
Ted Southey No Response
Next Speaker No Response
Michael Thompson No Response
Bob Topp No Response
Paul Torrie No Response
Lake Trevelyan No Response
Christopher Turney No Response
Michael Verbora No Response
Rudi Vezer No Response
John Wildman No Response
Michael Willson No Response

2020.07.04 Post June Bash Junta Announcement

July 4, 2020 The Whiff’s Junta would like to provide you with a brief update of the virtual June Bash held on June 23, using the Zoom platform. Our June Bash experiment was extremely successful! Members who participated gave high marks to the event and the Zoom method of communication. The evening was highlighted by having several breakout sessions. This provided a unique opportunity for a number of participants to communicate freely their ideas one with the other in a relaxed atmosphere, with all observations and ideas then shared with everyone participating in the evening. I might add, the “open bar” concept was popular and contributed to the relaxed evening. 
The Junta has lined up an exciting list of speakers for our Fall meetings. There is a significant possibility that these meetings will need to be held on a virtual basis. Therefore, prior to the commencement of our Fall campaign, the Whiff technologists will be offering the opportunity to Whiffers to update their technology skills in order to utilize the Zoom platform. 
 
We will be communicating with you at the end of August. In the meantime, your Junta wishes you a safe and healthy Summer. We look forward to seeing all of you, either physically or virtually, in the Fall. 
 
John Paterson 
Chair of the Toronto Chapter of The Whiff of Grape on behalf of your Junta: 
 
Peter Baines, Ian Brown, Mac Borden, Jim Cairncross, Ron Foreman, Charles MacRae, Stuart McKay and Brian Westlake. 
The Toronto Whiff of Grape

Thank you for RSVPing for the June Bash

Thank you for RSVPing that you will be attending the virtual June Bash. The RSVP confirmation email you have been sent includes links for setting up and testing the meeting software we’ll be using – Zoom – if you haven’t already used it.    The agenda and details on how to join the social gathering at 5pm on June 23 will be sent later in the Reminder email on June 21st. See you, and your guest if they wish to join in, on the 23rd. Change your response.

Thank you for RSVPing

Thank you for RSVPing that you will be attending the upcoming Toronto Whiff Dinner. Dinner Fees Reminder: If you are an Associate Member and/or you have invited guests, please make an immediate Interac e-Transfer to treasurer@Whiff-of-Grape.ca  for the dinner amount owing – $85/person. A PDF “cheat sheet” on how to make Interac e-Transfers to the Whiff may be downloaded from here. Change your response.

Tony Davis, Associate Emeritus Professor, U of T, Geography and Planning, “Putting the Brakes on Global Warming”, January 28, 2020

Our climate is determined by the interactions between internal mechanisms (plate tectonics) and the receipt and processing of solar radiation. For most of geologic time that has conditioned a world much warmer than the current one with a larger greenhouse effect. Contemporary global warming reflects our inadvertent interference with the natural balance, mostly through the burning of fossil fuels. So far mean global temperature has increased by only 1.5°C over the last 70 years, but climate models predict that the world will warm by as much as 4°C by 2100.                     What impact will that have?                       Can we stop it happening?                    Can we redress the situation? Continue reading Tony Davis, Associate Emeritus Professor, U of T, Geography and Planning, “Putting the Brakes on Global Warming”, January 28, 2020