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John Anderson Fraser, What to do about China, November 24, 2020

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

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For our third Whiff@Home meeting, we welcome back John Anderson Fraser to speak on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to answer the timely question “What to do about China!“. 

John last spoke to us 10 years ago this month, when his topic was “Through a glass darkly: Why academics (and journalists) should never try to predict anything“.  [You can see that meeting notice in this Internet Archive Wayback Machine captured page.]

John Fraser has been a reporter, columnist, editor, ombudsman and benefactor. Fraser has lived as diverse a journalistic career as anyone in Canada. His extraordinary legacy spans six decades of the modern news media era in Canada.

Fraser started out at 16 as a summer copy boy at the old Toronto Telegram. He also worked summers in newsrooms in St. John’s and Sherbrooke. In his distinguished and award-winning tenure at The Globe and Mail, Fraser was a dance and theatre critic, a China correspondent, UK-based European correspondent, Ottawa bureau chief, national columnist and national editor, before becoming editor of Saturday Night magazine from 1987-1994.

As a journalist, John Fraser received multiple national and international awards, he has been a columnist at The Toronto Star and the National Post, a best-selling author of 12 books and has been published in everything from the New York Times to Paris Match and The Guardian. In his career, he twice became part of the story: first when he assisted Russian ballet star, Mikhail Baryshnikov, to defect from the old Soviet Union to the West in 1974; and later as a correspondent in China when he addressed a crowd of over 20,000 people in Tienanmen Square during the short-lived 1978 Xidan Democracy Movement.

He was Master and Chair of the board of Massey College for 19 years before becoming Founding President and CEO of the National NewsMedia Council, the principal media ethics watchdog in Canada with over 500 daily and weekly newspapers, digital news platforms, magazines and campus publications. He currently serves as the council’s Executive Chair.

Over the years, John Fraser has been a staunch and tireless mentor for countless young journalists. He rescued the beleaguered University of Toronto Southam Journalism Fellowship Program, which for two decades under his leadership supported dozens of mid-career journalists from across Canada and around the world. In 2016, in recognition of his long and continuing career in the profession, he was named to the Canadian Journalism Hall of Fame.

On June 18, 2020, the Michener Awards Foundation honoured John Fraser by presenting him with its prestigious Michener-Baxter Special Award for long-term achievement to an individual whose achievement exemplifies the best in public service journalism.  This special award has only been bestowed on eight Canadians in the past three decades.

Join fellow Whiffers at 5 pm Tuesday November 24th for another thought provoking talk by a great Canadian journalist.                 

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Jon Allen, Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, “Values vs Interests in Canadian Foreign Policy”January 26, 2021

Jon Allen Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy Biography Born in Winnipeg in 1950, Jon Allen (LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1976; LL.M., International Law, University of London School of Economics, 1977) joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1981. In addition to postings abroad in Mexico City (1983-85), New Delhi (1989-92) and Washington (1997-2001), Mr. Allen spent his early career in the Legal Bureau where he represented Canada in disputes under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and worked in the areas of human rights, humanitarian and environmental law. Mr. Allen also held the positions of Director General, North America Bureau (2001-2004), Minister (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington (2004-2006) and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas (2010-2012). From 2006 to 2010, he was Ambassador of Canada to Israel. From 2012 to 2016 he was Canada’s Ambassador to Spain and Andorra and was Chargé d’affaires a.i. to the Holy See from December 2012 to July 2014.

Ian Dejardin, Executive Director, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, February 23, 2021

KLEINBURG, Ontario – The Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is pleased to announce that Mr. Ian A. C. Dejardin has been appointed as its new Executive Director, beginning April 2017. Ian joins the McMichael from the renowned Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, England, where he served as its Chief Executive since 2005. “Ian is a globally recognized leader in historical art with a passion for Canada and Canadian art,” said Mr. Andrew W. Dunn, Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees. “During his leadership at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, he coordinated a succession of record-breaking shows and more than doubled annual attendance at the gallery,” he added. Similar to the McMichael, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is located outside of the city centre. Mr. Dejardin was the driving force behind the critically acclaimed Painting Canada exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, showcasing Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. That exhibition began in 2011 and moved to Norway at the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design in Oslo. Subsequently the exhibition travelled to the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands before returning to the McMichael and finishing there in early 2013. Driven by a mission to interpret and promote Canadian art, the McMichael is now, more than ever, strongly-positioned to bring The Art of Canada* to the world stage. The Collection is actively exploring and planning exhibitions of outstanding Canadian and international artists, with an intention to loan these exhibitions within Canada and abroad. “I have personally experienced the global interest and passion for Canadian art and I am tremendously honoured and excited to join the world-class team at the McMichael,” said Mr. Dejardin. “My experience as the Sackler Director, and previously Curator, of Dulwich Picture Gallery was highly rewarding for me professionally and personally. I am confident that my experience there will support me well as we work together to deliver on the ambitious plans for the McMichael and The Art of Canada*,” he added. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Members of the McMichael Foundation, I would like to thank the search committee members for their time and insight. We would also acknowledge and thank Ms. Nathalie Mercure who, over the last 10 months has served as Interim Executive Director and will continue to do so until Mr. Dejardin is in place. Her passion for the vision of the McMichael, her collaborative spirit and professionalism will leave a permanent impression here,” added Mr. Dunn. *The Art of Canada is an official mark of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information: Read an interview with Ian Dejardin in Canadian Art and the Globe and Mail.

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

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

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Dr Andrew Loblaw, BSc MSc MD 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 2018), 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.
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Dr. Derek Newton, “Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto” – Sept 29, 2020

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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. 
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