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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 4C by 2100. What impact will that have? Can we stop it happening? Can we redress the situation?

Tony Davis is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Toronto. He labels himself as an environmental historian. His research focussed on the reconstruction of past environments using pollen analysis. Much of this work supported archeological investigations. His passion is teaching. Since his retirement he has become very active with lifelong learning groups in Mississauga, Etobicoke and with the group at Innis College. Recently he has presented a series of lectures on climate change to Third Age Learning groups in Burlington and Guelph.

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.

David Sisam, OAA AAA LEED® AP FRAIC is a Founding Principal of Montgomery Sisam Architects, a 75 person architectural firm with a particular focus on education, housing and healthcare projects. The firm’s portfolio includes The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, Toronto Ronald MacDonald House, The Toronto Botanical Garden and The Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship at U of T among others. The firm has received many design awards including the Governor Generals Award and was twice selected as one of Canada’s top 100 employers by Macleans magazine.

In addition to practice David has recently been examining the impact of urban form on public health, giving lectures on this subject at a variety of venues, including the Green Building Festival and the International Academy of Health in Design Conference. He has coordinated and authored two books including Place and Occasion, showcasing the work of the firm.

David was an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at U of T from 1972 to 1983, a visiting studio instructor at Dalhousie University and a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University and The State University of New York. David was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1998 and in 2009 he was honoured with the Arbor Award for volunteer service at the University of Toronto. David is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review panel, the Executive of the Toronto Society of Architects and the Board of Forests Ontario.

Derek Newton, PhD, Assistant VP, Innovation, Partnerships & Entrepreneurship, The University of Toronto, March 31, 2020

Derek Newton, PhD
Assistant VP, Innovation, Partnerships & Entrepreneurship
The University of Toronto
Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)

The Innovations & Partnerships Office at the University of Toronto (U of T) helps build successful partnerships between industry and the U of T research community and also manages the university’s portfolio of intellectual property. Derek has held previous senior roles at Western University, where he served as Director of the Office of Research Development and Services and the Office of Research Ethics. He also worked at a large biotechnology funding organization and a boutique consultancy specializing in biotechnology. Derek completed his PhD in Molecular Biology at the U of T as well as a M.Sc. and BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. www.research.utoronto.ca

Andrew Loblaw BSc MD MSc FRCPC CIP FASCO, Improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer, April 28, 2019

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.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Medicine from Queen’s University. He completed his specialty training in Radiation Oncology concurrent with a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology to graduate from Royal College’s Clinician Investigator Program all at the University of Toronto.

Dr Loblaw’s clinical practice and research interest focus on improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer and the healthcare system. He has a particularly interest in the design and conduct of clinical trials, the generation and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines and in image-guided radiotherapy.

Dr Loblaw is an Ontario Association of Radiation Oncology Clinician Scientist and a Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. A Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), he was previous Co-Chair of the ASCO’s Genitourinary Advisory Group and remains Co-Chair of the GU group for Cancer Care Ontario’s Program in Evidence-Based Care. He has authored over 225 peer-reviewed papers and has been awarded grant funding of over $37M.

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.
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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.
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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.
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