Category Archives: Past

Dr. Michael Verbora MD, Medical Use of Cannabis, March 30, 2021

5:00 pm March 30th, 2021
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The Medical use of Cannabis

Dr. Michael Verbora MBA, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer, Aleafia Health, a Canadian Producer of medical cannabis and cannabinoid research; an Assistant Professor, McMaster University; and a Student Health Physician, Seneca College.

A member of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, Doctors for Responsible Access and the Canadian Pain Society, to date, Dr. Verbora has completed over 5,000 cannabinoid therapy consultations, and is a global medical expert in the field of cannabinoid therapy. He has given over one hundred presentations on cannabinoid therapy, including internationally to government, parliament and regulators.
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Ian Dejardin, Executive Director, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, February 23, 2021

5:00 pm February 23rd, 2021
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A Like Vision:
What forces molded
the Group of Seven?

Ian A C Dejardin is an art historian, exhibition curator and museum professional.

From April 2017, Ian has held the position of Executive Director for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. In 2005 he succeeded Desmond Shawe-Taylor as Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery having held the position of Curator of that Gallery’s famous permanent collection of European Old Master paintings from 1998. While at Dulwich, Ian co-curated many exhibitions:Henry Moore at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2004); Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2011); Emily Carr: From the Forest to the Sea (2014); and Vanessa Bell (2017), the latter two exhibitions in collaboration with Sarah Milroy, with whom he has also co-curated David Milne: Modern Painting (2018; at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection).
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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

5:00 pm January 26th, 2021
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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.
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John Anderson Fraser, What to do about China, November 24, 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.

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

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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.
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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.

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

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