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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.

Dr. Derek Newton, “Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto” – Sept 29, 2020

A Whiff@Home Zoom™ Event 5:00 – 6:30pm
N.B., All in-person events have been deferred due to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scroll down to RSVP below the speaker’s bio.

Dr. Derek Newton, PhD U of T (Molecular Biology)
AVP, Innovation, Partnerships & Entrepreneurship U of T Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)

The University of Toronto is where transformative research and innovation is happening across a breadth of fields and disciplines. It is consistently in the top 5 in the world for research output! The Innovations & Partnerships Office at the University of Toronto helps build successful partnerships between industry and the U of T research community and also manages the university’s portfolio of intellectual property. IPO specializes in licensing, business development, and legal matters to help turn U of T innovation into products, services, companies, and jobs. Our speaker 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 B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. 
 
 

To RSVP for this event, enter your first and last names as recorded in our Whiff database.

Dr. Andrew Loblaw, “Improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer” – Oct 27, 2020

A Whiff@Home event – 5:00 – 6:30pm
N.B., All in-person events have been deferred due to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Andrew Loblaw, BSc MD MSc FRCPC CIP FASCO, 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. How to use Zoom

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