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Post June Bash Junta Announcement

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.

Attendee List

Yes: 59

No: 36

NameRSVP StatusAssociated Attendees
Robert Adams No
Peter Baines Yes
Bill Barnett No
Bill Benson Jr Yes Peter Sisam
Bob Blair No
Henry Borden Yes
Peter Brieger No
Ian Brown Yes
Hank Bulmash No
Michael Butler Yes
Jim Cairncross Yes
David Cameron Yes
Brian Carter Yes Charlotte Carter
Charlotte Carter Yes Brian Carter
Michael Charles No
Andrew Clark Yes
Roger Clarkson Yes
Douglas Davis No
Gary Durno No
Tom Fischer Yes Sharon Fischer
Sharon Fischer Yes Tom Fischer
Bill Fleury Yes
Ron Foreman Yes Bev Moir
John Gardner Yes
Gary German No
David Glue No
John Hackett Yes Bruce Palmer
Norman Hardie Yes
Eugene Harrigan Yes Gay Harrigan
Gay Harrigan Yes Eugene Harrigan
George Hayhurst No
Harold Hetherington Yes Heather Hetherington
Heather Hetherington Yes Harold Hetherington
William Hewitt Yes
Jim Hilborn No
Robert Hutcheson No
Robert Hyland Yes Cathie Hyland
Cathie Hyland Yes Robert Hyland
Tom Jamieson Yes Dawn Jamieson
Dawn Jamieson Yes Tom Jamieson
Trevor Jones No
William Kinnear Yes Barbara Kinnear
Barbara Kinnear Yes William Kinnear
Clifford Lax Yes Margaret Ann Lougheed
Tom Leverty Yes
David Lewis No
Margaret Ann Lougheed Yes Clifford Lax
Phil MacDonnell No
Bart MacDougall No
Mike Mackey Yes Brian Westlake
Charles MacRae Yes
Jean-Luc Major Yes
Stuart McKay Yes
Bill McNaughton Yes
Douglas McWhirter Yes
Robert Milnes Yes
Bev Moir Yes Ron Foreman
Steven Moorhead Yes Evelyn Moorhead
Evelyn Moorhead Yes Steven Moorhead
German Morales No
Bob Morrison Yes
Don Morrison No
David Murray Yes Susan Murray
Susan Murray Yes David Murray
Bruce Palmer Yes John Hackett
Janet Paterson Yes John Paterson, Sr.
John Paterson, Sr. Yes Janet Paterson
Chris Portner No
Paul Potvin No
Ken Powell No
Burt Retter No
John Ricketts No
George Roelofson No
Tom Sanderson No
Edward Seagram No
Peter Seybold Yes
Brian Sheedy No
Peter Simmie Yes
Peter Sisam Yes Sue Sisam
Chris Sisam
Bill Benson Jr
Donna Sisam
Sue Sisam Yes Peter Sisam
Chris Sisam Yes Peter Sisam
Donna Sisam Yes Peter Sisam
David Sisam (Speaker) Yes Liz Sisam (Speaker's Guest)
Liz Sisam (Speaker's Guest) Yes David Sisam (Speaker)
Keith Sjogren No
Dan Sullivan No
Gordon Tamblyn Yes
David G. G. Temple No
Christopher Turney Yes
Chris Twigge-Molecey No
David Warren No
Paul Warrington No
Lee Watchorn Yes
Jack Way No
Brian Westlake Yes Mike Mackey
Joyce Westlake
Joyce Westlake Yes Brian Westlake
Ted White Yes
Michael Willson No
Rob Woodrooffe Yes
Norair Yeretsian Yes

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  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

Oct 28, 2014: Speaker, Author, Adventurer – James Raffan

1297311501783_ORIGINALOctober 28, 2014
James Raffan, BSc, BEd, MEd, PhD Queen’s University Director, The Canadian Canoe Museum

James is a prolific writer, speaker, and adventurer who is currently the Director of Development at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.

For 19 years a Professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, over the years he has produced 16 books and written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel.
Continue reading Oct 28, 2014: Speaker, Author, Adventurer – James Raffan