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Dinner Reservation and Cancellation Policy

As of January 2023, the Whiff of Grape Club is compelled, by our new contract with our host clubs, to implement the following revised Dinner Reservation and Cancellation Policy:

The Whiff must commit to a firm number of dinners by five business days ahead of each dinner meeting, aka, the Cut-off Date. That number is then the minimum for which the Whiff will be invoiced. After that date there’s also very little flexibility available for an upward revision.

To be confident of a dinner reservation, you must reply “Yes” to the e-invitation – and make full payment – before noon on the Cut-off date, e.g., Wednesday, the week before a regular Tuesday meeting. If payment isn’t received by that time, your reservation cannot be guaranteed.

Post Cut-off date dinner reservation requests or payments:
The Whiff has no choice but to treat  your reservation as tentative . All tentative reservations will be considered, but unhappily there will be times the Whiff simply won’t be able to accommodate some latecomers. Please only attend the dinner after receiving a Confirmed Reservation email from

Late Cancellations
Once the Cut-off deadline has passed, should there be a need to cancel an already paid reservation, please notify the Whiff by email to so that food will not be wasted. Since the Whiff has had to guarantee payment to the host club for the committed dinner count, refunds to confirmed members and guests will not be issued in the case of cancellation or non-attendance.

Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, October 26, 2021

Growing up on Vancouver Island, the cataclysmic wrongs perpetrated on Indigenous people in my homeland of British Columbia left me determined to work in the field of indigenous rights. Plus my grandfather was a union leader, and local politician, as was my father. From them I learned about how democracy can empower people to either do good works, or abuse their power. From my mom, a teacher, I saw how education forms the ability to think critically — about everything. I’d take those lessons into my own political career, after which I continued fighting for indigenous rights, and began a career as a criminal defence lawyer, often as a public defender, assisting the indigent, Indigenous, and mentally ill.
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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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