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Toronto Whiff of Grape Credit for the Unused Portion of your 2019-2020 fees

Dear Whiffers,

I refer to my recent letter regarding the cancellation of the March 31 and April 28 meetings and the June Bash as a result of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 crisis.

I mentioned that the Whiff would be providing a credit to Full and Associate members to be applied to next year’s membership fees to compensate for the loss of the cancelled events.
Continue reading Toronto Whiff of Grape Credit for the Unused Portion of your 2019-2020 fees

Virtual June Bash, 5PM Tuesday, June 23, 2020

NOT ALL events have been postponed
due to the COVID-19 pandemic!

As per the recent Junta email of May 29th, the 2020 June Bash, originally scheduled for a perfect evening at the RCYC on Toronto Island with a great sunset view of the city, sadly had to be cancelled due to this tragic pandemic. Instead, your Junta will be hosting an open bar event, that requires no frustrating cross-town drive in rush hour, right from the comfort of your very own lock-down venue (as long as it has an internet or phone connection and your favourite tipple!).

Your Junta wanted to provide a social forum for all Whiffers (and significant others if they wish to join in) to catch-up on the exciting things we’ve all been doing, wish each other well for the summer and discuss ideas for how to continue to have speaker meetings in a pre-Covid19 vaccination world. 

Join fellow Whiffers online with drinks of your choice, for an end of campaign update from the Junta, followed by two break-out room sessions for discussions of Whiff issues with smaller groupings of members. We will be using Zoom which many have probably used already for social gatherings, but if not, we will have a couple of orientation sessions before the 23rd for any members who haven’t yet used it or who would like a better understanding of how to use it.

Mark your Calendars!     Note the 5PM start time!
Our virtual June Bash social will be held on
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 5-6:30pm

Please RSVP for the June Bash

The deadline to RSVP for this event has passed as it happened earlier. Watch for emails regarding the format of our next meeting.

Postponed-Andrew Loblaw BSc MD MSc FRCPC CIP FASCO, Improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer

All in-person events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Andrew Loblaw is a Radiation Oncologist, Clinician Scientist, and dual Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Continue reading Postponed-Andrew Loblaw BSc MD MSc FRCPC CIP FASCO, Improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer

David Sisam, OAA AAA LEED® AP FRAIC, Building Health: Some Characteristics Of A Healthy City, February 25, 2020

This talk will explore the impact of architecture and urban form on our sense of place and, ultimately, on our health and well being. Themes such as connectivity, diversity and sustainability will be considered in the context of the rapid growth and transformation of Toronto. Continue reading David Sisam, OAA AAA LEED® AP FRAIC, Building Health: Some Characteristics Of A Healthy City, February 25, 2020

Bern Grush: An Adult Conversation about Autonomous Vehicles: Conflicting Narratives about the autonomous vehicle future

Bern Grush is the Chief Innovation Officer at Harmonize Mobility, Inc. He is an author, innovator and entrepreneur in the fields of autonomous vehicles, parking reform, and road pricing. He is the principal author of the 2018 textbook “The End of Driving: Transportation Systems and Public Policy Planning for Autonomous Vehicles”. In 2017, Bern was named Toronto Star Wheels’ Newsmaker of the Year for his RCCAO report “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: Automated vehicles can influence urban form, congestion, and infrastructure delivery” which Maclean’s magazine called “…fascinating and carefully argued…” He has been described as the top, current independent thinker on autonomous vehicle deployment. Continue reading Bern Grush: An Adult Conversation about Autonomous Vehicles: Conflicting Narratives about the autonomous vehicle future

Logistical Information about the RCYC City Clubhouse

Helpful Information about the RCYC City Clubhouse, 141 St George St, Toronto, M5R 2L8 (Map) (1) Best Entrance: St George Street. Cloak room to right, Registration desk just inside in the entrance hall. Bar in the Model Room, also on your right. (2) Club Parking: The RCYC club parking lots to the east of the Club and in the Club basement are for members only. Continue reading Logistical Information about the RCYC City Clubhouse

Regarding the tragic fire at the B&R February 14, 2017

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” Winston Churchill Dear Fellow Whiffers, As you undoubtedly know, on Valentine’s Day, much of the Badminton and Racquet Club was destroyed by a massive fire, in which thankfully there were no serious injuries. The club facilities will be unavailable for what will probably be an extended period. Our sincere sympathies to the injured firefighter, the B&R Members and Staff. Continue reading Regarding the tragic fire at the B&R February 14, 2017

Beth Beattie: Why we need leaders in our community to publicly disclose their mental illnesses, September 24, 2019

In 2002, Beth Beattie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The stereotype of people living with bipolar disorder is that they are inherently unstable and unreliable. Beth did not want to be thought of in those terms as a lawyer. As a result of stigma, both societal and self-imposed, she did not share her story outside her family and closest friends for 14 years. Continue reading Beth Beattie: Why we need leaders in our community to publicly disclose their mental illnesses, September 24, 2019